December 7, 2022

Karey Dornetto Biography, Net Worth, Family, Wife, Education, Career

Karey Dornetto Biography

Karey Dornetto is an American screenwriter known for her work on television series such as Arrested Development, Community, Portlandia, and South Park.

She is also known for writing the script for the feature-length film Addicted to Fresno.

Karey Dornetto Age

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Karey Dornetto  Net Worth

She has an estimated net worth of  $12 Million

Karey Dornetto Family

She is the daughter of professor Lou Dornetto and ex-nun Kathy Dornetto. She also has one older sister Kelly. She came out to her parents as gay at the age of 24.

Karey Dornetto Wife

She lives in Los Angeles, CA with her wife Jamie Babbit and two stepdaughters Finley and Ryder. The couple has worked on several projects together including Addicted To Fresno which Karey wrote and Babbit directed.

Karey Dornetto Education

Before becoming a writer Dornetto majored in finance at the University of South Carolina. After graduating, she worked for the Bank of America and also had a brief stint working with the comedy group The Perch

Karey Dornetto Career

Most of her writing experience is for television shows. She has written for South Park, the Jamie Kennedy Experiment, Arrested Development, Community, Kroll Show and Portlandia Dornetto has also written for short-lived television shows such as Dog Bites Man and The New Normal. In 2014 she appeared on an episode of Comedy Central’s Drunk History, where she narrated the story of Babe Didrikson Zaharias.

Karey  Dornetto  Awards and Nominations







Writers Guild of America

Comedy Series

Arrested Development



Writers Guild of America

Comedy Series

Arrested Development



Primetime Emmy Awards

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series




Writers Guild of America

Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) – Series




Primetime Emmy Awards

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series




Primetime Emmy Awards

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series



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Karey Dornetto Interview

Lesley Coffin (TMS): Did you write the part for Natasha, or was casting her a happy accident?

Karey Dornetto: I always wanted Natasha

Natasha Lyonne: Did you really?

Dornetto: Yeah. I went back through my notes and literally wrote Natasha Lynne when I described the character.

Jamie Babbit: Even the character was originally named Natasha before she was named Martha

Lyonne: You are kidding me! How did I not know this! My agent would love this story!

Babbit: Well, we didn’t know if you would say yes, but when she was writing it, she needed to have someone in mind.

Lyonne: How would it come up that I would say no to you? What am I going to say? “You know Jamie, I have a lot of notes about making But I’m a Cheerleader with you. I know people enjoyed the movie, but for the life of me can’t figure out why.”

Babbit: But what if you weren’t available? But I think it just always helps writers to have an actor in mind.

Lyonne: And now you know that I’m always available. Karey, thank you.

Babbit: Basically, the movie is inspired by Karey’s relationship with her sister. Karey is the Martha character and Shannon is inspired by her sister. Hence, Martha is a lesbian and Shannon is straight.

Lyonne: Hence, she’s a lesbian, but the fact that she’s a lesbian is pretty irrelevant to the plot of the movie. It isn’t the lead of the movie. It was written from her life. It’s in that spirit, which is why it is so easy and doesn’t feel out dated in this weird centerpiece way. And the sister is the fucking weirdo in this film, not my character. Mind you, Karey is a weirdo, but it has nothing to do with that.

Babbit: Natasha really studied Karey in order to channel her character.

Lyonne: I think Karey is such an interesting person. If you look at Karey, there is nothing dramatic to suggest that she is not a normal person. And yet, when you really get in there, this is a person capable of covering up a murder. And yet she seems so nice and smart, with the glasses and her sneakers and black jeans.

Babbit: But she would do anything to help her sister.

Lyonne: Push comes to shove, she’ll wheel a corpse around.

Dornetto: Well, it’s a two-hander. It’s mostly Martha who has to change.

Babbit: Well, Shannon changes a little bit.

Lyonne: It’s interesting because Shannon is narrating, but it’s from a letter Martha wrote.

Dornetto: Yeah, it’s a letter Martha writes to Shannon, but it’s Shannon’s voice, because she’s the one reading it at that moment. It’s basically a co-dependent voice-over.

Lyonne: The idea of Karey’s point of view being important, is because in society, we are so used to the addict being the problematic figure. That is the reason we have so many programs and services for them. It’s always on the addict to get well. It’s like, “you bottomed out, it’s time to go on a big self-awareness trip and set some rules.” But when we first see Shannon, she’s like “I know I’m fucked up, I’m working on it.” Whereas Martha’s in denial and her problem is much more common in our daily life, and can be just as dangerous a disease. And can be so much more pervasive. It can be your mom or your boss or you boyfriend. It can affect how you order your coffee in the morning or how it prevents you from telling a taxi driver “there’s a lot of traffic, please go the other way.” Co-dependency is such a sick thing, and harder thing to gain self-awareness around. Because it’s so easy to be high functioning.

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