The L Word
A sensual lead of Lakota Indian and Swiss-Russian extraction, Karina Lombard got her career start as a model after being discovered by photographer Bruce Weber. Making her professional acting debut in the Canadian miniseries “L'Isle” (1990), Lombard made a name for herself playing roles in American movies like “The Firm” (1993, as the prostitute who seduced Tom Cruise’s character), “Wide Sargasso Sea” (1993, as a Creole woman in Jamaica) and “Legends of the Fall” (1994, as Brad Pitt's wife). However, she is probably best recognized for her role of Marina in the hit TV series “The L Word,” which is a story about the lives and loves of a group of friends. She first played the role in the season one and her character was brought back to the show in 2007 (until 2009). Other TV credits include the television film “Murder at the Cannes Film Festival” (2000), from which she won a First Americans in the Arts Award, and the USA Network series “The 4400” (2005 and 2006).
Recently appearing in the French miniseries “Suspected” and in an episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (both 2007), Lombard will star in “Le fils à Jo,” which should be released in 2010.
As for her private life, Lombard speaks English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. She mentions “Amelie,” “All About Eve,” “Some Like It Hot,” “Amadeus” and “Blade Runner” as some of her favorite films. She also enjoys the books “Mists of Avalon,” “The Game of Life & How to Play it” and “Many Lives, Many Masters,” as well as listening to CDs by Mozart and Erik Satie.
Childhood and Family:
Karina Lombard was born Katrina Lombard on January 21, 1969, in Tahiti to Nupuree Lightfoot, a Lakota Sioux Indian medicine woman, and Henry Lombard, a Swiss-Russian heir to a Geneva banking dynasty. When Karina was just one, her parents divorced and she lived with her father in Barcelona, Spain. Along with her four siblings, Helen, Inez, Charles and Denise, young Karina attended boarding schools in Switzerland. After graduating, 18-year-old Karina moved to New York, where she was accepted into the prestigious Actors Studio.
Karina was once married to model/actor Anthony Crane.
Murder at the Cannes Film Festival
Growing up in boarding schools, Karina Lombard did not see her first film until she was 8. However, as soon as she watched the Catherine Deneuve vehicle “Donkey Skin,” the young girl knew she wanted to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. She participated in several school plays and after completing her studies at age 18, moved to New York to train with the Actors Studio.
Lombard was in a restaurant when she was spotted by photographer Bruce Weber, who helped her begin a modeling career. She then appeared in an advertising campaign for Calvin Klein and her face decorated the pages of “Vogue” and “Elle” magazines. Her appearance on the cover of the French magazine “20 ANS” impressed the producer and director of “L'Isle,” a French Canadian miniseries, and she was offered a lead on the program. “L'Isle” marked Lombard's TV acting debut.
After three years in New York, Lombard made her American acting debut in a small part in the Oliver Stone directed “The Doors” (1991), which starred Val Kilmer. Two years later, she starred in John Duigan's “Wide Sargasso Sea” (1993), where she was cast as Antoinette Cosway, a young female landowner in 1840’s Jamaica who marries an Englishman to keep her property. Later that same year, she portrayed the woman who seduced Tom Cruise’s character on the beach in the movie “The Firm,” which was directed by Sydney Pollack. She went on to portray the Native American wife of Brad Pitt in the Oscar winning “Legends of the Fall” (1994).
Lombard was next cast opposite Bruce Willis, Bruce Dern and Christopher Walken in Walter Hill's “The Last Man Standing” (1996) and had a supporting role as a slave girl in the adventure movie “Kull the Conquerer” (1997). The following year, she portrayed a photographer in the film “Expose,” in which she also produced and wrote a song called “Rose.” The same year, she starred in the miniseries “The Violent Earth” and appeared in an episode of “Early Edition.” She closed out the decade with a supporting role in the miniseries “The Seventh Scroll.”
Entering the new millennium, Lombard teamed up with Mario Van Peebles, James Remar and Ice-T to star in the low budget “Guardian” (2000) and was handed a First Americans in the Arts Award for her performance in the TV film “Murder at the Cannes Film Festival” (also 2000), in which she played a police chief named Renee Reno. She then starred in the disappointing thriller “Deception” (2001), which was directed by Max Fischer, before taking some time off.
In 2004, Lombard starred in the French film “Big Kiss,” helmed by actor Billy Zane, and guest starred in an episode of The WB's short lived series “Dr. Vegas.” However, it was her role of Marina Ferrer, the woman who seduces Jenny Schecte (played by Mia Kirshner), in the first season of the Showtime series “The L Word” (2004) that brought the actress back into the limelight.
From 2005 to 2006, Lombard portrayed Alana Mareva in 14 episodes of the USA Network sci-fi series “The 4400.” She returned to “The L Word” in its fourth season in 2007 where she reprised her role of Marina until 2009. 2007 also saw her co-star as Claude Perkins in the French miniseries “Suspected,” opposite Ingrid Chauvin and Elodie Frenck. In October of 2007, she made a guest appearance in the “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” episode of “A la Cart.”
Lombard will star in “Le fils à Jo,” which should be released in 2010 and is being directed by Philippe Guillard. Lombard has also appeared in several theater productions, including “Uncle Vanya,” “Summer And Smoke,” “M. Butterfly,” “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof,” “Betrayal,” “Joan Of Arc” and “Danny And The Deep Blue Sea.” She is also known as an accomplished musician, singer, and writer and worked with Cirque Du Soleil, sang the title track for “L’Isle” and performed live on stage with Dorian Cheah (2004). She is working on her first CD.
First Americans in the Arts Awards (FAITA): Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a TV Movie/Special (Lead), “Murder at the Cannes Film Festival,” 2001