Karen Austin : Why'd she disappear from Night Court?

Why'd she disappear from Night Court?

The only excuse I've se 5b4 en on the net is her character wasn't developing. That hardly seems possible. In her second to last episode (ep. 9) she was the star and kissed judge Stone! So what, they got rid of her rather than deal with the feelings and her faltering relationship with her off-screen fiancee? I really liked Lana.

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The first year of the show was very, very stressful (for allot of confidential reasons). I got Bell's Palsy which paralyized my face. They fired me and said whatever was necessary to keep it out of the press. I probably could have fought it but it would have been messy and I needed to just rest. Face was fine within a month. I went right back to work on some films,etc.
Wierd, huh?
karen austin

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Well glad you recovered and could go back to work!
It looks like you have managed to keep very busy.
Do you have or plan to have a website?
Thanks and all the best to you.

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It was truly sad that she got fired from Night Court. I remember that classic episode where she kissed Judge Stone. She was on her way to the to be a classic character on the TV landscape. But that was a great episode, and I am glad Night Court is on TV land so everyone can see what an excellent performance she put on.

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No kidding. I just watched that episode like half a minute ago and was wondering who she was. Her and Judge Stone could have been the next Sam and Diane.

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Hands down!

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Wow I never really expected a reply from the actress herself. Thanks very much and best wishes to you.

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Was that really Karen or just an imposter? If that really was her! Wow!!

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The reason I am asking is because someone with another screen name posted as Karen. Did Karen go by both names? Is one Karen and the other one an imposter?Are they both imposters?

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To me it looked like a quote from an 111c interview. I do not think she has multiple aliases, but I could be wrong.

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Yeah, it was me. I was using a friends IMDB pro to try and correct my credits (which is why my user name was different) and saw the message board. People who work in front of the camera are just people and like everyone else, don't want their history to be misunderstood - not really promoting anything but the truth. I left Nightcourt because I had Bell's Palsy from stress. Yes, it's me on the ALEVE commercial. Got a daughter to put through college soon so I'm happy to have the residuals. Just did an episode of Freddie. And of course, people who work in front of the camera are happy to think people regard their work fondly. And am happy to answer your questions. So yes, it's me.
Thanks for your support,
Karen Austin

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No offense taken at all. Honest, it's me. They just called to say I'm coming back on Rodney so I'm happy about that!
Thanks

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Hi Karen! I loved your character Lana on Night Court. Im sorry you got fired from the show. Charles Robinson wasnt as good as you were. I have that episode recorded on tape (the one where your character Lana Wagner goes berserk from the side effects of her medication and sings out loud.)


Hey, another question, why did Paula Kelly get booted off the show? I liked her character Liz.

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Just watched the Happy Dats episode "Kid's Play" on METV. You sure were a very attractive, fresh face on TV. Wish you had stayed on "Night Court" because your replacement never was a good as your character.

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I too always wondered what went through the producers' minds to let Karen go just when it seemed Nigh b68 t Court was hitting its stride. While Ellen Foley showed some comic timing (to compliment her amazing singing voice) and Markie Post brought terminal cuteness to her role, I always found Karen Austin's Lana to be perfectly adorable. Sometimes networks and/or producers simply don't have the patience or the luxury of time to let shows and actors find their footing and I find it a damned shame that we long-time Night Court fans lost Karen because of perfectly controllable (and temporary) disorder. On a personal note, I'd like her to know that I'd still bring her Lana a bouquet of pencils over dinner ANY time!
Glad to know that you're able to see that many of us are still enamored of you.
Regards,

D.G.

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Re: Why'd She Disappear from Night Court?

I enjoyed her in Summer Rental too. Heartwarming, funny,and understated, without hitting you over the head.

Be yourself, everyone else is taken

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Markie Post played a DIFFERENT role than Karen Austin. Karen played a court clerk, while Markie played a public defender - 2 different characters.

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Hi Karen.I have seen the ALEVE commercial many times.You look quite a bit different than on Night Court.I noticed that though you only did 10 episodes of Night Court you are in the credits for the entire first season.I've never understood what Bell's Palsy is.So when they taped the episode addressing your character as being out sick you really weren't feeling well due to stress.Glad you cleared that up.Would have been nice to see you do the entire series though.

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I'm sorry that happened to you!

I think Night Court was one of the classic shows of all time on TV and I'm sorry that I did not see more of you! You did a terrific job during your short run on the show!

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Ditto, you were great, thanks for the entertainment!

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Sorry that happened :(

You were very funny on Night Court :)

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I really liked you in the part of Court Clerk and never liked the replacement
Mac. Mac was a character that was a real smart a$$ and thought he always better than the others. I think you would have developed your character a lot in the remaining years of the show.

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I also hated to see Karen go. I did not like the replacement, Mac. He was
a know it all, who, if I were Harry, would b68 have fired in a week or two. His
character was not respectful of Harry (nor anyone else, except Roz, who would
have put him through a wall, and almost did in a couple of episodes).

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It's sad that they fired you from 'Night Court' for a medical reason that would heal within a month. I guess that's show biz, but you were great on that show, and quite a looker. I was a little kid when the show was actually on, and they have this show on syndication here in Toronto, so i watch it from time to time.

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In this interview she says she got Bell's Palsy and was asked to belet go from the show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfTaoaKw1F0
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