Real name: Karina Lombard
Birthdate: January 21, 1969
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Lombard's mother, Nupuree Lightfoot, was an immigrant of Lakota Sioux ethnicity living in Tahiti. Her father, Henry Lombard, was a European aristocrat. Lombard is a naturalized U.S. citizen, but when she was one year old, her parents separated, and her father, who is of Russian, Italian and Swiss descent, 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 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 studying 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.
As an actress, she appeared 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, Les Girls).
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. Lombard was with controversial director Damian Chapa shortly after his divorce from Natasha Henstridge.
Lombard has hinted at being bisexual. When asked about her love scenes in The L Word she said, "I grew up in Europe and you know - you love who you love, so I didn't have to prepare, you know what I mean?"
Later, in 2006, she did a six-page nude pictorial for Playboy where she portrayed both feminine and masculine counterparts of a lesbian couple. The concept was her own idea. She told planetout.com: "one night I had this dream about these images, and it was all about the dichotomy of male and female within an individual, and the empowerment within a human being in embracing the female and the male inside of you -- the dichotomy of the wild self vs. the tamed self. I woke up and I was like, "Whoa -- what was that about?" And when I get those dreams, it's always very specific, and for a specific reason, it's not random."
Though this comment and the pictorial would seem to confirm her orientation as bisexual, she told the magazine: 'I thought I was bisexual until I did the The L Word, then I associated it with work..."
In a Planetout interview she was asked, "What type of women are you attracted to, butch or femme?" and answered, "I don't have categories, I just go with the person. You can be butch and really sexy, and you can be femme and really sexy."