Colorful Exhibitor Karen Shareff Is Dead at 67
Colorful Laguna Woods Presenter Karen Shareff Dead at 67
Karen Shareff, the popular and spirited director of Southern California’s World on Film—WOF—travel adventure series, died Oct. 28 from the cancer she fought for 10 years.
Travel Film artists throughout the industry enjoyed performing at the WOF series and taking part in Karen’s showmanship. She usually wore a gaudy costume indicative of the filmic country the audience would be visiting that night. Examples:
Karen was clad in a harem girl’s costume when Rick Ray presented his Morocco film, And she wore an Irish green hat and long fake-looking green hair down to her shoulders when Monty and Marsha Brown showed up with their film. And she wore a big pile of hair and a busy fan when Karen Muller presented her film on Japan.
Karen and Karin Muller
Jim Caine, the WOF president, broke the news of Karen'd death to the audience by prefacing his remarks with, “It’s with deep regret…" later adding: “She brought a wonderful new dimension to the film series with her costumes and personality.”
Rick Ray and Karen.
Karen was born in New York and attended the University of Cincinnati before transferring to the Pratt Institute where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree.
She was a life-long interior designer, specializing in hotels and restaurants on projects all over the world. For the last 10 years she worked with HFS Concepts 4 in Long Beach.
“She is the last of her family,” said longtime friend Mario Saverino, a fellow designer." He said Karen had married once and divorced.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Dec. 7, at Laguna Woods Village's Clubhouse 3, Dining Room 1.