Karen Kopins: Career, Net Worth & Marriage

In this article, a diva in the 80s, we will talk about the life, Biography, Movies, Modelling career, and the Net worth of Karen Kopins.

We often think of celebrities as being out of touch among the commons.

Similarly, people look up to them as stars, but the person in this article is far from what we have mentioned above.

She is family-driven and likes to keep her life as low-key as possible. Despite her low-key presence, her versatility knows no bounds.

Karen Kopins
Karen Kopins gives a good pose.

We are talking about the star of the 80s and 90s, Karen Kopins.

From acting to modeling to commercials, Karen has a very versatile personality.

This article will discuss Karen’s life, Biography, Movies, Modelling career, Net worth, and activism.

She has featured in over 250 commercials and was an absolute diva in the glamourous 80s and 90s.

Quick Facts

We will now look into the quick facts about Karen Kopins.

Full Name Karen Kopins Shaw
Known as Karen
Nickname NA
Birth Date October 10, 1961
Birth Place New Rochelle, New York
Residence Redding, Connecticut
Religion Christian
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Education Ridgefield High School, Connecticut, and Marymount College, New York.
Horoscope Libra
Father’s Name NA
Mother’s Name NA
Siblings NA
Age 60  years old
Height 5 feet 7 inches (1.7 meters)
Weight 57 kg (125 pounds)
Eye Color Dark Brown
Hair Color Dark brown
Body type Lean
Profession Actor
Marital Status Married
Spouse Mark Shaw (m. 1990)
Children 4
Name of Children NA
Beginning of Professional Career 1984 in the television series Fall guy
Retirement 1994
Net Worth $1 million
Social Media Facebook 
Last Update August 2022

Karen Kopins: Early Life

Kopins was born on October 10, 1961, in New Rochelle, New York. We do not know about her parents and siblings, whom she had decided to keep away from the media’s gaze.

She attained her education at Ridgefield high school in Connecticut.

Kopins later pursued her education at Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication.

She achieved her first well-known accolade when she was 16 years old.

Moreover, Karen competed and won Miss Connecticut’s title in high school.

This win launched her into the world of modeling two years later at the age of 18.

Karen Kopins: Age, Height & Weight

The 60 years old is a Caucasian by ethnicity with a height of 5 feet 7 inches.

She has long dark brown hair and dark brown eyes.

As of the last estimate by various sources, she weighs about 57 kgs or 125 pounds. She is of a slender build and still maintains her physique from her modeling days.

Karen Kopins 1984
Karen Kopins 1984

Karen was into reading female magazines, which were popular in the 60s and 70s, and very much influenced her.

Kopins claims to be an avid book reader and has read hundreds of them.

Karen is also well-traveled as her career made her travel the entire country of the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Karen Kopins: Career

Early Career

Kopins made her debut on the television screens on the show ‘The Fall Guy,’ where she had a minor role as a government agent.

More minor roles followed this in television series in 1984 titled’ ‘Riptide,’ ‘T.J Hooker, ‘ and ‘Knight Rider.’

She entered the big screens in 1985 with the role of Susan Granger in the musical movie ‘Fast Forward.’

The film is about an outsider dance group from Ohio that wants to make it big in New York City.

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Films

1985 was very productive for the actress as she appeared in three movies the same year, ‘Heartbeat,’ ‘Creator,’ and ‘Once Bitten.’

The movie poster of Once Bitten which starring Karen Kopins alongside Jim Carrey.
Once Bitten (cover photo) starring Karen Kopins alongside Jim Carrey.

It was also the year she catapulted into fame with the movie ‘Once Bitten.’

She played the role of the protagonist, Robin Pierce, alongside Jim Carrey in the part of Mark Kendall, who was her boyfriend. The movie is a teen comedy-horror sex movie.

In 1990, Karen portrayed the role of Veronica Lodge in the movie To Riverdale and Back Again.

Likewise, the movie is rated 5.3 by IMDb and is about a high school reunion.

Karen Kopins’ other Popular Television series & Jake Speed

In 1986 Kopins played the role of Sonja Chenko for the television series ‘The Scarecrow and Mrs. King,’ followed by the part of Dominique Core in the television series ‘The A-Team.’

Karen Kopins was the lead protagonist in another hit movie Jake Speed alongside Wayne Crawford.
Karen Kopins is the lead actress in the hit movie Jake Speed alongside Wayne Crawford.

In the same year, Karen appeared as a protagonist in another hit film, ‘Jake Speed,’ where she played the role of Margaret alongside the male lead featuring the actor Wayne Crawford.

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Karen Kopins: Marriage with Mark Shaw

Rumors were she began dating Mark Shaw in 1988, who was supposedly her high school love.

We don’t know much about the couple as she prefers to keep her private life away from the public’s eyes.

However, we know they exchanged their wedding vowed on December 8, 1990.

They had four children whose photos were on Facebook on the Karen Kopins Shaw account, but we don’t know their names as she prefers to keep it that way.

Not much about her love life is known before Mark. Perhaps Mark Shaw has been her only love purely based on speculation.

She decided to retire in 1994 from cinemas and modeling as she wanted to dedicate more time to her family.

Karen Kopins: Social Media Presence

While introducing the actress, Kopins has always maintained a low-key presence.

Perhaps, she likes to keep her private life within the confines of her home. However, she once gave into Twitter and soon gave up, realizing it wasn’t meant for her.

She has a Facebook account named Karen Kopins Shaw,’ where she has posted a few family photos.

Karen Kopins: Net Worth

Since Kopins retired from Cinemas and modeling about 25 years ago, she is no longer earning as much as she used to.

As per many sources, Karen Kopins has an estimated net worth of approximately $1 million.

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Karen Kopins: Activism

Kopins has also been a Lyme Disease Activist raising awareness and funding to research more about the disease.

It is a type of tick-borne disease that causes fever, headache, fatigue, and skin rashes; moreover, it also mimics the symptoms of Arthritis and Autism.

In an interview with the Litchfield County Times, she shared that many of her close people, including her, had Lyme disease.

According to the Litchfield County Times, DR. Gregory Bach, one of the nation’s foremost experts on Lyme disease and an adviser to the U.S. Congress on tick-borne diseases, called Mrs. Shaw, “my little guardian angel.”

According to the article, Dr. Bach wished to open a hospital solely treating tick-borne diseases.

Karen Kopins wishes to organize a symposium where she was expected to raise donations to build a hospital for DR. Bach.

The life of Karen Kopins shows us that we can achieve to be popular, successful, and become celebrities in our rights but also focus on ourselves as human beings.

We can still dedicate ourselves to things that matter to us as human beings detached from worldly pursuits.

In the case of Kopins, that priority was her family.

Perhaps Kopins cannot be considered an actor who would be in the supposed hall of fame.

But no one can deny that she is a great actress and a wholesome human being with every ounce of life still intact.

Karen Kopins: FAQs

Why did Karen Kopins stop acting?

She was diagnosed with Lyme disease, which slowed her down as an actress. In 2003 she also stated she would much rather be with her family.

Where does Karen Kopins live now?

Karen Kpoins and her family resided in Redding, Connecticut, after marrying her high school sweetheart Marc Shaw in 1990.

Who portrays the role of Linda Stratton in Full House?

Karen Kopins stars as Linda Stratton in Full House.

Additionally, Karen appeared as Linda in an episode titled Danny’s Very First Date.

Full House is a 6.7 IMDb rated series that stars the Bob Saget, John Stamos, and Olsen twins (Mary-Kate and Ashley).

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