Kari Michaelsen is an American actress. During the 1980s, she starred in a popular NBC sitcom, Gimme a Break, as Katie Kanisky. Her other notable television credits include guest appearances on shows like Hart to Hart and The Incredible Hulk.
Manhattan, New York, United States
Family, Education, and Relationship status
Born in Manhattan, New York, Kari always wanted to be a part of the Show business, following her parents’ lead. Her father, Arne Markussen, who belonged to a Norwegian Heritage, is a singer. And her mother, Roberta Stevenson, was a great dancer. She, on the flip side, chose acting as her showbiz career. In 1975, Kari, with her family, moved to Beverly Hills, and that is when she changed her name to Michaelsen from Markussen. She graduated in 1979 from Beverly Hills High School and later went to the University of California, Los Angeles.
In July of 2002, she married David Waldock, who was a Mercedes-Benz executive. The couple was also blessed with a son named Nickolas, but unfortunately, they were divorced in 2009. Reportedly, Kari Michaelsen also dated pop star Andy Gibb in 1983.
Kari Michaelson is an American actress, motivational speaker, and television personality. She has been interested in both acting and singing since her childhood. At the age of 11, Kari sang the soundtrack for Sesame Street. To satisfy her passion for acting, the actress started performing in Off-Broadway theatres from a young age. As an actress, she is best recognized for her work in the NBC sitcom Gimme a Break as Katie Kanisky.
When her family moved to Beverly Hills in 1975, she started working on her acting career. In 1980, she won guest spots on shows like Diff’rent Strokes as Ellen Marshal and ABC Afterschool Special as Karala Murtaugh. The same year, she also got a role in the television film Scared Straight! Another Story.
In 1981, she appeared as a guest star in three television shows. In Eight is Enough, she appeared as Lisa in the episode titled “Vows.” In CHiPS, she appeared as Teri in the episode named “Karate.” And in The Incredible Hulk, she appeared as Linda in the episode “Episode: “The First: Parts 1 & 2.”
The same year, she got her big break in NBC’s drama show Gimme a Break, where she played the leading role of Katie. From 1981 to 1986, she starred in the Drama show Rosie. Her other big television credits include Fantasy Island, Hart to Hart, Full House, and The Kid with the 200 I.Q.
Throughout her acting career, she was cast in four movies, including 1989 Girl Talk, 1984 Terror in the Aisles, 1981 Saturday the 14th, and 1976 Joy Ride: An Auto Theft.
Awards and Nominations
In 1983, Kari was nominated by Young Artist Award in the category of Best Young Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in Gimme a Break. Later, in 1984, she was again nominated By Young Artist Award in the category of Best Young Actress in a Movie Made for Television for her part in the television film The Kid with the 200 I.Q.
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