Henry Hill (1965–2002)
Gregg Hill, Gina Hill
Karen B. Friedman
The real Henry Hill talking to Karen Hill
Karen Friedman Hill (born January 16, 1946) is an American socialite, known for her involvement in the mafia through her husband Henry Hill, who was an associate of the Lucchese crime family. The events of their life were chronicled in the 1990 film Goodfellas and several books.
- The real Henry Hill talking to Karen Hill
- Personal life
- Karen Hills Parents
- Henry and Karen Hill Who are they
- Karen and Henry Hills children Gregg and Gina Hill
- Later life
- Karen Hills Portrayal in Goodfellas Movie
- Where is Karen Hill now Is she alive
She is an American socialite, known for her involvement in the mafia through her husband Henry Hill.
Her Husband was an associate of the Lucchese crime family.
Her children released a book in 2004, titled 'On the Run: A Mafia Childhood', which was about their own experience with the Mafia.
She was born in New York City and raised on Long Island around the Five Towns, the daughter of Jewish parents. She has two sisters, Ellen and Cheryl. After her marriage with Henry Hill she had two children, Gregg Hill and Gina Hill. Initially after their marriage, Karen and Henry moved in with Karen's parents at their home in Lawrence, New York.
Through the 1970s, the Hill family was involved in organized crime, through which they became very wealthy and lived extravagantly. Henry Hill then became an informant to the FBI, which caused Karen and the children to enter the Witness Protection Program, where they were given new identities and lived in numerous locations through the 1980s.
In 1989, Henry and Karen divorced after 25 years of marriage. Due to his numerous crimes while in witness protection, the family was expelled from the program in the early 1990s.
Karen Hill's Parents
Henry and Karen Hill Who are they?
Karen and Henry Hill's children Gregg and Gina Hill
Karen has remained out of the limelight since the family came out of the Witness Protection Program. She and Hill eventually parted ways, last living together in Rockville Centre. Their divorce was finalized in 2002. After their divorce, he remarried and had another child.
Karen today continues to use an alias to protect her identity, as do her two children, Gregg and Gina. Her children released a book in 2004, titled On the Run: A Mafia Childhood, that tells their own version of their experience with the Mafia. In the book, Gregg and Gina discuss how their maternal grandparents, and Karen's two younger sisters, Cheryl and Ellen, helped take care of them, when Karen and Henry were out dealing in crime.Henry died in 2012.
Karen Hill's Portrayal in Goodfellas Movie
Lorraine Bracco depicted Karen Hill in the film Goodfellas, which was directed by Martin Scorsese. The script for the film was based on the book “Wise guy” written by Nicholas Pileggi. The film revolves around the life of Henry Hill, who was a notorious New York gangster and his wife, Karen. Bracco did not meet with Hill prior to filming. Lorraine Bracco performed so stunningly as Karen Hill in the movie that she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
The film has many scenes depicted with brutal accuracy from their life. For example, there is a scene where a neighbor named Ted tried to force himself on Karen when she was dating Henry. Karen found this incident so insulting that she angrily slapped him. Ted was taken aback by Karen's behavior, and he gave up the attempt to force her. He violently pushed her out of his car and drove away. Karen immediately called Henry. After hearing about the incident, Henry decided to take revenge. He immediately rushed to the spot and drove Karen home and then walked across the street to find Ted in the driveway. Henry grabbed Ted by the hair, took out a gun from his pocket, and pistol-whipped him. Then he went back to Karen and handed over the gun to her and told her to hide it. Most girls would have been terrified at a similar situation if they had to find their man covered in blood and holding a gun. But Karen thought it was a sexy thing to do. It was an incident which made the bond she shared with Henry stronger.
Even though born to a middle-class family, Karen was ambitious about life, and she enjoyed the perks of marrying Henry Hill. She knew that she will go places and can lead an extravagant life if she married him. She was mesmerized with the glitz and glamour of being a gangster's wife who was involved in organized crime and the life his earning potential can buy her. Her dreams did come true as the film showed her transition from just an ordinary woman to the gangster’s wealthy wife. Karen seems to relish the brand-new Buick Riveras in the driveway and closets which were always bursting with trending expensive clothes. In the film, Karen Hill was portrayed as a woman with a sense of rationalizing everything her husband Henry had done. This behavior was partly out of love, and partly out of greed for the luxurious lifestyle, his criminal background gave her.
Where is Karen Hill now & Is she alive ?
Ever since the family came out of the Witness Protection Program due to various criminal activities performed by Henry while still in the program, Karen has not appeared in public much. Karen got officially separated from Henry in 1989, and she filed for divorce in 1990, which got finalized in the year 2002.
Today, Karen and her two children, Gina and Gregg continue to use an alias to protect their identity. Therefore, exact details about them are still unavailable. Karen is believed to be alive and running her own business today.