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Is Tony Winner Karen Olivo Leaving Acting Behind for Good?

Is Tony Winner Karen Olivo Leaving Acting Behind for Good?
Karen Olivo
Karen Olivo plans to quit acting.

Tony winner Karen Olivo, who recently appeared in the one-night-only reunion concert of In the Heights, posted a message on her website on March 18 revealing she was leaving behind acting for an indefinite amount of time.

In a blog post titled "Starting Over," Olivo wrote: "I split with my second husband of six years. I was alone again. I was crushed. And in true Olivo-fashion, I threw myself into my next job. I knew it would be my last for sometime. As I re-arranged my life to move back to NYC for a short stint I sensed a conclusion coming. I knew as I was packing my box of dressing room things that I wasn't likely to use them again."

Olivo, who also reflected on her childhood and why she started acting, continued, "It was my last lesson before I would leave it all behind," she wrote. "And with this knowledge I start a new chapter. I leave behind the actor and I start learning how to be me."

Olivo earned a Tony Award and Audience Choice Award for playing Anita in the 2009 revival of West Side Story. She also originated the role of Vanessa in the Tony-winning In the Heights. Olivo recently starred in MTC's off-Broadway production of Murder Ballad. She was a series regular on the recently-cancelled NBC drama Harry’s Law.

Flashback to 2009 when Olivo and her West Side Story co-stars performed the classic tune "America" on Late Night.

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