Born in Lyon (France), Karen Lancaume was a great stars back in the 90s, despite her very short career. All the best porn directors wanted to work with her and it all actually happened by chance.
Karen was born within a wealthy family on the 19th of January, 1973. She led an ordinary life until, at the age of 19, she decided to move out and go on with her communication degree. She studied by daylight and worked in a club at night. That’s where she met her husband-to-be, Frank, the DJ. They were happy together and had so many dreams, but their economic problems destroyed those dreams and they were forced to look for some other way to make a living. Frank saw an ad from the great porn director Marc Dorcel asking for actors and actresses, so they both decided to give it a try as a couple.
Karen was a success but Frank had problems with jealousy and was kicked out of the movie. However, Karen liked that world and, thanks to her performances and her beautiful way of looking, she soon got lots of work offers. Frank couldn’t put up with it and they ended up getting divorced.
From her very beginnings in porn, European directors such as Mario Salieri, Luca Damiano and Alan Payet weren’t able to resist to gorgeous Karen’s charm.
Her name didn’t take long to become well-known on the other side of the ocean and she got hired for a super production of Private. Karen didn’t think twice and flew to the U.S.A. There, she worked with great American porn producers like Elegant Angel, Wicked…
Karen frequently moved from America to Europe and back. She became a worldwide renown actress. Success went after her and she started fooling around with drugs. She had used them before, but now stress made her depend much more on them. Karen realised her life had turned into something which didn’t satisfy her at all; she had a depression and gave up porn. She had done only 29 movies, in 3 years, but the industry missed her anyway.
Thanks to an ad, she discovered that the director and writer Virginia Despentes and the former porn actress Coralie Trinh Thi were preparing an independent movie entitled Baise-moi, Rape Me in English. Karen submitted to the casting and she was chosen together with the also porn actress Raphaela Anderson. Other French porn actresses who took part in the movie were Elodie Chérie and Zenza Raggi.
It was basically a road movie where two girls took revenge for all the abuse from society they had put up with. Their revenge means fucking, killing and stealing. The film was a worldwide scandal due to its explicit sex scenes, but the public’s recognition made Karen think about trying her luck in conventional cinema, so she made a change of pace and called herself Karen Bach.
Karen was looking forward to it and conventional cinema directors seemed interested, but, in the end, nothing came out of it. Karen went back to her depression, able to see just the downside of life. She rejected porn and turned to nightlife and drugs. She tried to leave all that behind once more but, finally, on the 28th of January, 2005, Karen killed herself with a Temazepam overdose at her boyfriend’s place, while he was partying with some friends.