Karen Dior (February 14, 1967 – August 25, 2004) was the stage name of Geoffrey Gann, an American actor, singer, director, and drag queen.
Life and career
Karen Dior was born Geoffrey Gann in Missouri; She was adopted as an infant into a Southern Baptist family, and was raised in that religious tradition. Gann moved to Los Angeles at the age of 21 and began working in a beauty salon and performing in drag shows in West Hollywood bars. In 1989, she began appearing in bisexual and transgender adult films. She performed in approximately 120 adult films, most of them under the Dior name.She also performed under the names Geoff Dior, Rick Van, Geoffrey Karen Dior, Geoffrey Gann, and Geoff Gann.
In the 1990s, Dior moved into mainstream film and television roles, including a performance as Loni Anderson’s stalker in the 1992 TV movie The Price She Paid. Other work included guest appearances on the television series Xena: Warrior Princess, Head Over Heels, and Veronica’s Closet.
Later years and death
Dior contracted HIV in 1995 and later worked as an AIDS activist. After leaving the adult film industry, Dior wrote and released Sleeping Under the Stars, his first autobiographical work, in 2001. The same year, he released an album (under the name Geoffrey Karen Dior) titled S E X, and he was a member of two bands, the Johnny Depp Clones and Goddess. He also received a PhD in philosophy in religion and became an ordained minister.
On August 25, 2004, Dior died of hepatitis.