About Karen Knotts

Karen Knotts learned her craft at the University of Southern California, where she was directed by the great Emmy award-winning director Alex Siegal (Diary of Ann Frank). After graduating, she did shows in Equity regional theatres across the country with her father, Don Knotts. Don and Karen performed in the plays Mind with a Dirty Man, Norman is that You? and You Can't Take It With You in California, Michigan, Kansas, Illinois, and New York. Karen's first break in TV was playing a suicidal hippy hitchhiker in Doctor's Hospital starring George Peppard. In addition to reciting limericks, the part required her to throw herself through the car's windshield. After that fine training, Karen played a more relaxed role as a former high school beauty queen in Return to Mayberry. Bit parts in many sitcoms followed, she was even directed by the colorful Carol O'Connor.