At least since her appearance as avenging angel in the scandal-causing movie BAISE-MOI, Karen Lancaume is among the best-known French porn-actresses. Born on January 19th 1973 near Lyon in France, the cute brunette also grew up there. As a child Karine (her real name) was a quiet girl and she lived a fairly sheltered life with her parents, her brother and their pets. She spent most of her free time outdoors, in the forests near her home.
Only once she turned 17 did this demure girl succumb to the charm of a holiday flirt and that night changed Karine thoroughly. Sweet country bumpkin by day, hot vamp on the look-out for adventures by night. Once she had finished the French equivalent to grammar school she left her home and went on to study advertising in Lyon. To earn some extra cash she began working behind the bar of a discotheque at weekends (quite handy for meeting men too). And indeed, she soon met her husband to be: Franck the disc-jockey.
Karen and Franck got married and wanted to have many children, but their financial difficulties stopped them from fulfilling that dream. The financial problems kept getting worse and when the couple spotted an ad by 'Marc Dorcel', the love-birds applied. They agreed to do the hardcore-production under one condition: They'd only shoot scenes between the two of them. The movie was called L'INDECENTE AUX ENFERS and happened to be one of the biggest French productions of 1996. But trouble started right away: Franck was having problems with his 'male-prowess' and Karen Lancaume had to finish the shoot without him. The director and producer were very happy with Karen and she was offered more work. She accepted and a new star of French erotic movies was born!
She kept shooting movies for Marc Dorcel, worked with Patrice Cabanel and all other greats of the French porn-biz. She got more and more recognition and was nominated for the 'Hot D'Or' award. Her marriage with Franck was beyond saving, despite (or maybe because) of her success and they ended up getting divorced. Karen Lancaume continued climbing the ladder of success to the top and became one of the favourite and most widely known European porn actresses. Even the biggest and best porn directors such as Andrew Blake, Luca Damiano or Mario Salieri were very eager to work with her.
But the high-point of her career should be provided by a woman: In 2000 Virginie Despentes cast Karen Lancaume for the leading role in her post-feminist scandal-movie BAISE-MOI (under the pseudonym Karen Bach). The movie, in which among other things a man is shot in the ass and which stars a range of porn-stars (such as Raphaela Anderson, Elodie Chérie, Zenza Raggi), sparked a world-wide debate about art, violence and pornography. The media blew up the movie out of all proportion, calling it an utter scandal.
Karen Lancaume deserves a place among our ORGAZMIK Star-Biographies for her role of murderous avenging angel in BAISE-MOI alone. Which other porn-actress can rightly claim to have caused an international scandal? Chapeau, Madame Lancaume!
On the night of January 28th to 29th 2005 Karen Lancaume chose to end her life. She died from taking an overdose of sleeping tablets.