In the early 80s, Harrison Ford was on the biggest roll of his career – not only did he find superstardom with his role as Han Solo in the original Star Wars trilogy, but he also starred as Indiana Jones in the wildly successful trilogy of films based on the cool archaeologist.
Indiana Jones is one of the most iconic characters in the history of cinema, but it’s not just Jones himself that we remember from the series of films.
The Indiana Jones trilogy had some of the most iconic female characters of all time, but have you wondered what they might be up to now?
Well, ponder no more, because here, we’re going to have a look at the women of Indiana Jones, and see what they’ve been up to over the years.
The Illinois native Karen Allen made her film debut in 1978 in the iconic John Landis classic Animal House, and from there she made two film appearances in The Wanderers in 1979 and A Small Circle of Friends in 1980.
She did have a few more small roles in the latter parts of the 70s, such as the 1979 pilot episode of the long-running CBS series Knots Landing. But her career-defining and career-altering role came in 1981 with the iconic film Raiders of the Lost Ark.
For Allen, she played the love interest of Indiana Jones, Marion Ravenwood directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by George Lucas in Raiders. The film is regarded as perhaps the best out-and-out blockbuster adventure film of all time and was even ranked as the greatest film of all time by Empire Magazine. Allen was praised for her performance in the film, and as a result, she won a Saturn Award for Best Actress.
But usually, when actors and actresses enjoy such breakout stardom, they often go on to bigger and better things, or at least it raises their profile to such a degree that they tend to be all over the biggest films for the next few years at least. For Karen Allen though, she slid back into having roles in smaller films, such as the leading role in the dramatic thriller Split Image.
Allen made her debut in Broadway in 1982 in the production The Monday After the Miracle. After this, she took a break from movie making and screen work generally to focus on stage acting. In 1983 she played the lead in the off-Broadway play Extremities, in which her character was a physically demanding woman who turns the tables on a potential abuser who then attacks her.
In 1988, after a series of stage roles, she made her return to the big screen in the cult classic Christmas film Scrooged, playing Bill Murray’s character’s love interest Claire. She had smaller roles in big films such as Spike Lee’s Malcolm X, The Perfect Storm and In The Bedroom.
Though Allen enjoyed success as an actress, she never seemed to achieve the heights of Raiders in any of her subsequent roles, but in 2008 she was given the chance to reprise her role as Marion Ravenwood in the sequel Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which was, well…it was okay.
In the years that followed, she had roles in films such as White Irish Drinkers, TV movie The Tin Star and Year by the Sea, which is her last screen credit to date in 2016.
After graduating from the University of Missouri, Kate Capshaw moved to New York City to pursue her dream of a career in acting. The first role that she landed after moving to the Big Apple was in the soap opera The Edge of Night.
She left The Edge of Night when she auditioned for a small role in a film, but ended up actually being offered the lead role, and from there, starred in Dreamscape in 1984. In the same year, she won the role of the stubborn nightclub singer, Willie Scott, in the prequel to Raiders, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
It was during the filming of Temple of Doom that Capshaw met the man who she would eventually marry, Steven Spielberg.
After The Temple of Doom, Capshaw had a number of roles in films such as Black Rain in 1989 alongside Andy Garcia and Michael Douglas and alongside Sean Connery in Just Cause.
In between a number of film roles, she married Spielberg in 1991 but in 2002, seemed to move away from acting, and has not appeared in anything since.
After being approached by a photographer, Dublin-born Alison Doody took up modelling which then turned into a successful career. But while Doody enjoyed a lot of modelling work, she vehemently avoided glamour shots, and even had a clause in any of her contracts to that end.
After coming to the attention of the casting director for the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill, she appeared in a small role as Jenny Flex.
From there, she appeared with some big names in films such as A Prayer for the Dying alongside Mickey Rourke, Taffin with Piers Brosnan, and her biggest role to date, the third of the Indiana Jones trilogy – The Last Crusade, alongside Harrison Ford and Sean Connery.
Though it is generally considered to be by far the weakest of the three original films (Crystal Skull doesn’t count) the film was still a huge success. It was after this that she relocated to Hollywood from Ireland and replaced Cybill Shepherd as the spokesperson for L’Oreal. She also starred opposite Charlie Sheen in the film Major League II.
Doody then spent almost a decade away from the screen and married Gavin O’Reilly and moved back to Ireland. She returned to the screen in 2014 after divorcing O’Reilly in 2006 and appeared in We Still Kill the Old Way.