Karen Sharpe-Kramer was an acclaimed actress for twenty years. She is a Golden Globe winner and an Emmy nominee, was a guest star in over ninety television show and ten motion pictures, is a renowned a pioneer of ‘Live” television and Life Magazine called her “the busiest actress in television.”
In 1966, Karen Sharpe married filmmaker Stanley Kramer, she retired from her acting career and her husband brought her on as a producing partner on “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?” to teach her the ropes. She worked alongside him on all his later films. She did not take a screen credit because she wanted to earn her own respect. She raised four children, then she produced the remake of her husband’s film “High Noon” starring Tom Skeritt for Turner Broadcasting Network. She produced for Sony Home Entertainment “The Stanley Kramer Film Collection” Volume 1 and 40th Anniversary of “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?” including all the special features. Besides “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?”, the box-set included “The Wild One,” “The 5,000 Fingers Of Dr. T,” “Member Of The Wedding,” “Ship Of Fools” and she personally arranged interviews with Tom Brokaw, Steven Spielberg, Quincy Jones, Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin,Taylor Hackford, the late Dennis Hopper, the late Garry Marshall, and other talent who waived their fees to be a part of it and greatly revere the Kramer Legacy. The Stanley Kramer Film Collection was critically acclaimed.
In 2000 Karen established the prestigious Stanley Kramer Award at the Producer’s Guild Of America where each year a socially-conscious film or filmmaker is honored for making films featuring current social issues. She is involved in the selection process, and also established the Stanley Kramer Fellowship in Directing at UCLA School of Film/Television.
Currently Karen is in negotiations to produce a modern re-imagining of Stanley Kramer’s classic Western “High Noon.” She has also partnered with Bert Van Muster ( “The Amazing Race”) on a sequel to the Stanley Kramer comedy classic “It’s A Mad,Mad,Mad,Mad World.”
As a producer of events, she produced both the 40th and 50th of “It’s A Mad,Mad,Mad, Mad World” at the Cinerama Dome for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and The Egyptian Theatre as well as the 50th Anniversary of “Judgement Of Nuremberg,” as well as the 40th Anniversary Celebration of “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?” and the Stanley Kramer Centennial Celebration Opening night and three month long Retrospective both at UCLA’s Billy Wilder Theatre. She has also introduced her late husband’s films and is a fixture on film panels, with Stanley Kramer films as well as her own as a Film Historian.
When the Tribeca Film Festival honored Stanley Kramer’s first film “So This Is New York” as part of their annual Restored and Rediscovered series, established by Martin Scorsese and restored by Film Foundation, Karen took the stage with Mr. Scorsese to introduce the film and answer the Q and A.
Karen Sharpe-Kramer established her own KNK Productions, Inc. in1992 along with her daughter actress/producer /activist Katharine “Kat” Kramer, and she also co-produces the international cinema series “Kat Kramer’s Films That Change The World.” Karen is the only sanctioned authority on Stanley Kramer, and controls the Stanley Kramer Library and Legacy. Karen Sharpe-Kramer is also a longtime member of the Producer’s Guild Of America, as well as SAG-AFTRA and the Television Academy as well as other guilds and organizations.
Stanley Kramer’s quote in his autobiography, this is what he says about Karen Sharpe-Kramer: “As for Karen Kramer, what can I say? She has been everything and meant everything to me. I didn’t produce a piece of film during our thirty years of marriage to which she didn’t make positive contributions.This is not just a nod of Tribute. It is a bow to talent and responsibility far beyond the norm. I am fortunate to have her.“