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Karen Akers Biography


Born Karen Orth-Pallavicini in 1945, Karen Akers is one of the world’s biggest Cabaret stars. Aside from Cabaret, Akers has enjoyed success on the stage as an actress, as well as in feature films, on Broadway, and as a Recording Artist.
   
Born in New York, Akers has wowed audiences and delighted critics around the globe, performing at prominent and legendary venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, New York's Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, and London's Pizza on the Park, although her most prestigious concerts were her three performances at the White House.

Akers’ Broadway successes are many, including a TONY Award nomination & World Theatre Award for her role in “NINE,” and a starring role in the TONY Award winning hit “Grand Hotel.” Her Hollywood accomplishments also shine bright, with appearances in films such as Woody Allen’s “Purple Rose of Cairo,” and alongside Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson. She has starred in many television concerts, including musical tributes to Ira Gershwin and Duke Ellington.

Despite her diverse abilities and interests, Akers is most renowned for her magnificent voice, which was best described by The Los Angeles Herald-Examiner: "It's a great voice, an instrument with the power of Streisand's, the dark passion of Piaf's and the lean irony of Dietrich's, but a voice uniquely her own, because it's coupled with an intelligence that creates moments of riveting theatricality.”