Karen Kramer is an American film director and producer. She is best known for directing the feature films The Stepford Wives (1975) and It's My Turn (1980).
Kramer was born in 1938 in New York City, where she grew up. She attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied sociology and film-making, and then went on to study film at UCLA. After graduating, she worked as an assistant director on several films, most notably The Stepford Wives (1975).
Kramer's directorial debut was the made-for-TV movie The Love Boat (1977), which she co-wrote and directed. She followed this up with the feature film It's My Turn (1980), starring Michael Douglas and Jill Clayburgh. The film was a critical and commercial success and earned Kramer an Academy Award nomination for Best Director.
Kramer went on to direct a number of other feature films, including The Man with Two Brains (1983), Ruthless People (1986), The War of the Roses (1989), and Problem Child (1990). She also produced several films, such as The Couch Trip (1988) and My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988).
Kramer has also directed for television, helming episodes of such shows as The Golden Girls (1985), The Wonder Years (1988), and Touched by an Angel (1998). Her most recent directorial credit is for the made-for-TV movie A Christmas Wish (2011).
Kramer has been married to actor Michael Douglas since 1977, and they have one son, Cameron. She is an active member of the Directors Guild of America, and has served on the board of the Motion Picture & Television Fund.
Karen Kramer is an accomplished director with a long and successful career in both film and television. She has earned critical acclaim for her work, and has been nominated for an Academy Award. Her influence on the film industry is undeniable, and she will continue to be an inspiration to aspiring filmmakers for years to come.