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Karen Ziemba
Born November 12, 1957 (1957-11-12) (age 52)
St. Joseph, Michigan, United States
Years active 1980s-present
Spouse(s) Bill Tatum (1984-present)
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Karen Ziemba (born November 12, 1957) is an American actress, singer and dancer, best-known for her work in musical theatre.


Ziemba was born in St. Joseph, Michigan, and went on to attend the University of Akron (in Ohio), where she studied dance and joined the Ohio Ballet in her sophomore year.

Her Broadway debut was in A Chorus Line as Diana Morales. Later, she played the lead of Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street. Ziemba went on to win a Drama Desk Award for the Kander and Ebb revue And The World Goes 'Round (1991) and receive a Drama Desk nomination for I Do! I Do! (1996). The next year, she was nominated for another Drama Desk Award and a Tony for her role in Steel Pier. In 2000, Ziemba won the Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in Susan Stroman's Contact. Four years later, she received another Tony nomination for Never Gonna Dance. In 2007, she portrayed the heartwarming lyricist Georgia Hendricks in Curtains, earning her fourth tony award nomination.

Ziemba's other Broadway roles include Polly Baker in Crazy for You, Roxie Hart in Chicago, and Belle Hagner in Teddy & Alice. In addition, she has performed with the New York City Opera in 110 in the Shade and The Most Happy Fella. She has appeared in several New York City Center Encores! musicals-in-concert.

On television she has appeared on Law & Order and on film in The Producers (2005) and the ill-fated, never released remake of the classic The Devil and Daniel Webster.

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