Born in New York City, Karen Duffy attended Park Ridge High
School in Park Ridge, New Jersey, graduating in 1979. She
received a bachelors degree in recreational therapy from the
University of Colorado. By 1989, she was modeling and appearing
in television commercials and would become a VJ for MTV in the
early 1990s as "Duff." Since then she has had small roles in a
handful of films including Dumb & Dumber, and by 1999 she was
working as a correspondent for controversial documentary
film-maker Michael Moore on his television shows TV Nation and
The Awful Truth.
Karen Duffy was leading a relatively carefree youth in the heyday of her modeling career, partying with movie star friends such as George Clooney, when in 1995 she was diagnosed with the relatively rare disease sarcoidosis. In her case, this affected her brain (neurosarcoidosis), leaving her partially paralyzed. Karen has so far battled it with a sense of humor, as is evident from her 2000 autobiography Model Patient: My Life As an Incurable Wise-Ass. She has explained, "I tried to write a book not for sick people, but for people with a sick sense of humor ... this is not a typical book about illness."
After the diagnosis she continued to model for Revlon and married John Lambros in 1997. She has since had a son.
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