Published on September 10, 2012 by Carol
Karina Lombard (born January 21, 1969) is a French-American actress and singer.
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Lombard was born in Tahiti. Her mother, Nupuree Lightfoot, is a medicine woman of the Lakota Nation and was an immigrant living in Tahiti. Her father, Henry Lombard, a banker, is a European aristocrat of Russian, Italian and Swiss descent. Lombard is a naturalized U.S. citizen but when she was one year old, her parents separated and her father took Karina and her four siblings, Helen, Inez, Charles and Denise, to live at his estate in Barcelona, Spain. She went on to attend a number of Swiss boarding schools, including in Lausanne, where she has said that “being a descendant of an American Indian meant being treated like a savage”.
Over the years she gained proficiency in Spanish, English, Italian, French and German. She came to New York when she was 18 and began modeling and studied acting.
Lombard’s major break in modeling came about due to a Calvin Klein photo shoot with a Native American theme. One of her photographs was chosen to be a billboard ad. Her photographs appeared in Elle and Vogue.
Her first film role was as a princess in L’île (The Island). As an actress her first major film was Wide Sargasso Sea in 1993 followed by The Firm. She then went on to appear in the 1994 film Legends of the Fall, followed by Last Man Standing in 1996 alongside Bruce Willis.In the 2000s she moved into television, appearing on the first season of The L Word and also in The 4400. She reprised her role as Marina Ferrer in the first episode of Season Four of The L Word and made one more brief appearance later that season as an actress auditioning for Jenny’s film Lez Girls. Lombard also made a cameo appearance in the 2008 series finale.
Lombard portrayed the recurring character Geneviève on FX’s Rescue Me.
Her theatre training and stage experience primarily comes from New York City’s Gallery Theatre, the Neighborhood Playhouse, the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and the Actors Studio. She has worked as a composer for the Cirque du Soleil and done a photo shoot for Playboy magazine