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Karen Lynn Gorney

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Karen Lynn Gorney (b. 1945) is an American stage, TV, and movie actress. Her most famous role was as the dancing partner of the John Travolta character in the classic movie Saturday Night Fever. Ms. Gorney remains active in her field.

Gorney was born in Beverly Hills, California. She is the daughter of Sondra Karyl (Kattlove), a public relations consultant, and Jay Gorney, who was born in Białystok, Poland and was a composer who wrote the music for the song about America's Great Depression, "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" Her family is Jewish. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Fine Arts from Brandeis University. Karen is the sister of Daniel Gorney, and half-sister of author, professor, and physician Roderic Gorney, who has taught for many years at UCLA.