Karen Steele Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Joan Agie
Jan 31, 2024 By Joan Agie
Originally Published on Jun 23, 2022
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Karen Steele was a model and actress with more than 60 roles in film and television. She hailed from Honolulu, Hawaii.
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About Karen Steele

Karen Steele's birthday was on March 20, 1931, in Honolulu, the capital and largest city of the US state of Hawaiian islands.

Karen Steele was an actress with a varying talent range. Her debut acting gig was in 'Let George Do It,' a radio drama.

Honolulu, Hawaii, actress Karen Steele met with a surfing accident in her early life. Coral segments critically cut her leg during surfing. After 22 operations, her leg was built with wires and metals, and she gradually began to resume walking. When she got older, she rolled to television commercials for income. Her career was active from 1953–1972.

Karen Steele's Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was Karen Steele's net worth?

Karen Steele's net worth was $1.5 million.

How much did Karen Steele earn per year?

Karen Steele's main source of income is through films and TV series, and the exact annual income is not known.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall was Karen Steele?

Karen Steele is 5 ft 6 in (168 cm) tall.

How old was Karen Steele?

Karen Steele died on March 12, 1988, in Kingman, Arizona, at the age of 56.

Childhood And Education

Karen Steele spent her childhood in the Honolulu, Hawaii Islands. She was fluent in the Japanese and Hawaiian languages and English. Her parents were Ruth Covey Merritt and Percy Davis Steele. Her father, Percy Davis, was a native of Boston and was of English origin. He worked as assistant administrator of the Marshall Islands in 1956. Steele's mother was a native of California.

Steele completed her graduation at the University of Hawaii. She studied acting at Rollins College in Florida for one year. Later, she began her work as a young model and cover girl.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who was Karen Steele's partner?

Karen Steele married in 1973 to Dr. Maurice Boyd Ruland. He worked at the Mohave Mental Health Clinic as a psychiatrist. The couple stayed in Golden Valley, Arizona. Until her death, they remained together.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Karen Steele began her acting profession on the 'Let George Do It' radio program. Steele afterward performed unidentified roles in the movies like 'Man Crazy' and 'The Clown' in 1953. In 1954 on the TV anthology 'Studio 57', Keren was portrayed in 'So False And So Fair' as Millie Darrow.

In 1955, she played a role as a Virginia supporting actress in 'Marty,' a romantic film that was her biggest-profile film role. In 1957, Steele performed a guest role as Molly Gleason on the TV program titled 'Maverick.'

In 1958, she performed the official role in 'Madame Faro' of NBC's 'Jefferson Drum' western series. In 1958, Steele performed a couple of guest roles on CBS's 'Perry Mason' as Doris Stepanek. She performed as Mae Dailey in 'Big Time Blues' the 1961 episode of 'The Roaring 20s,' the ABC/Warner Brothers drama.

In 1962, Karen Steele performed the part of Dolly LeMoyne along with Clint Eastwood on CBS's 'Rawhide' in the episode 'The Woman Trap.' In NBC's 'Get Smart's965' episode, Karen played a role named Mary Jack Armstrong in 'Survival Of The Fattest' as a female spy. In 1965, Karen Steele acted in 'The Case Of The Fatal Fetish' as Carina Wileen. In 1966, she appeared in a Star Trek episode, 'Mudd's Women.'

Charity Work

Karen Steele, the popular actress, became intricated in voluntary service for a charitable cause. Steele went on a handshake trip in 1970 to service hospitals in the southern portion of the Pacific rather than playing a role in movies that would have paid much money. Also, she spent the end days of her life doing volunteering works and charity services.

Karen Steele's Hobbies And Interests

Karen Steele was passionate about acting.

Other Interesting Karen Steele Facts And Trivia

  • Did you know? The famous actress, Karen Steele's birth Sign, was a Pisces, and her nationality was American.
  • Did you know? The American actress Karen Steele portrayed the most famous roles: Mrs. Lane in 'Ride Lonesome,' Virginia in 'Marty,' and Eve McHuron in the 'Star Trek' episode 'Mudd's Women.'
  • Did you know? Karen Steele appeared in guest starred roles in 'Maverick,' 'The Alaskan,' 'Perry Mason,' and 'Flipper' episodes.

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Karen Steele Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Karen Steele

Date of Birth


Date of Death




Place of Birth

Hawaii Islands


168 cm

Child Star?





University of Hawaii

Net Worth



Dr. Maurice Boyd Ruland


Percy Davis Steele , Ruth Covey Merritt
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Written by Joan Agie

Bachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

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Joan AgieBachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

With 3+ years of research and content writing experience across several niches, especially on education, technology, and business topics. Joan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Anatomy from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, and has worked as a researcher and writer for organizations across Nigeria, the US, the UK, and Germany. Joan enjoys meditation, watching movies, and learning new languages in her free time.

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