Carole Shelley

Actress
Although primarily a renowned stage actress Carole Shelley is probably best recalled by non-theater goers as Gwendolyn Pigeon, one of the upstairs neighbor sisters Oscar Madison wants to bed in "The Odd Couple". It was ... Read more »
Born: 08/15/1939 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (25)

One Life to Live 1967 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Bewitched 2005 (Movie)

Aunt Clara (Actor)

Third Watch 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Labor Pains 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Frasier 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hercules 1997 (Movie)

of the Fates/Thebans (Voice)

Jungle2jungle 1997 (Movie)

Fiona (Actor)

Quiz Show 1994 (Movie)

Cornwall Aunt (Actor)

The Road to Wellville 1994 (Movie)

Mrs Hookstratten (Actor)

Devlin 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Noises 1992 (Movie)

Aunt Shirley (Actor)

Coconut Downs 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Super 1991 (Movie)

Irine Kritski (Actor)

The Cosby Show 1988 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Whoopee Boys 1986 (Movie)

Henrietta Phelps (Actor)

Robin Hood 1973 (Movie)

of Lady Kluck, a Chicken (Voice)

The Aristocats 1970 (Movie)

of Amelia (Voice)

The Boston Strangler 1968 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Odd Couple 1968 (Movie)

Gwendolyn Pigeon (Actor)

Carry on Regardless 1963 (Movie)

Mrs Delling (Actor)

Another World (TV Show)

Actor

Carry On Cabby (Movie)

Dumb Girl (Actor)

The Odd Couple (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Although primarily a renowned stage actress Carole Shelley is probably best recalled by non-theater goers as Gwendolyn Pigeon, one of the upstairs neighbor sisters Oscar Madison wants to bed in "The Odd Couple". It was a role she played in 1965 on Broadway, in the 1968 feature film and from 1970-71 in the ABC TV series.

The petite London-born daughter of a composer and a singer, Shelley was acting from an early age and was not even 10 years old when she worked in small roles in two British features, "Give Us This Day" and "Cure For Love" (both 1949). The next year, she made her professional stage debut in Southwark playing Little Nell in a production of "The Old Curiosity Shop". Her London debut did not come until five years later with "Simon and Laura". Shelley also performed in numerous revues during the next decade, before migrating to New York to do "The Odd Couple" in 1965. She stayed in the US and has become one of Broadway's most prolific actresses. She was Fay in the Broadway company of Joe Orton's "Loot" (1968), and won her first Tony nomination for her role in the ensemble piece, "Absurd Person Singular" (1975). She received a Tony for Best Actress in a Play (tying with Constance Cummings who was cited for "Wings") for her sensitive portrayal of actress Madge Kendal who befriends "The Elephant Man" (1979). She earned a third Tony nomination in the supporting category playing the assertive Maxine in "Stepping Out" (1987). Among her other notable stage credits are succeeding Dorothy Loudon as Dotty Otley the actress playing the maid in the uproarious farce "Noises Off" (1983), and as one of several actresses who played Kate, the mother, in Neil Simon's "Broadway Bound" (1987), a role in which she also toured for a year following her Broadway stint. She returned to the London stage to replace Dame Maggie Smith as Lettice in Peter Shaffer's "Lettice and Lovage" (1989-90). Back in the US, she won praise for her multiple roles in A.R. Gurney's comedy "Later Life" (1993), for succeeding Piper Laurie as the mother in Larry Kramer's searing family drama "The Destiny of Me" (also 1993), portraying Diana, the English actress first introduced to audiences in "California Suite" (and played by Maggie Smith in the film) in Neil Simon's "London Suite" (1995) and following Elaine Stritch in the role of Parthy in Harold Prince's acclaimed revival of "Show Boat" (1995-96).

Shelley's American film appearances have been limited, but she has lent her soft dulcet tones to character voices for "The Aristocats" (1971), "Robin Hood" (1974), and other films and had small roles in "Quiz Show" and "The Road to Wellville" (both 1994). On TV, she appeared in numerous "Brian Rix" farces in England and in the US was one of the participants in "A Salute to Noel Coward" on CBS. She played Lloyd Bridges' daughter in "Devlin", a 1992 Showtime original movie, and made the busted pilot "Coconut Downs" (ABC, 1991), about life at a posh hotel near a racetrack.

Relationships

Curtis Shelley

Father

Deborah Shelley

Mother

Albert Woods

Husband
Married July 26, 1967 until his death in 1971

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England

Milestones

2008

Played the role of Grandma in the Broadway production of "Billy Elliot, The Musical"; earned a Tony Award nomination for Featured Actress in a Musical

2005

Featured as Aunt Clara alongside Nicole Kidman in the film "Bewitched"

2003

Created the role of Madame Morrible in the original Broadway cast of the musical "Wicked"

1999

Replaced Blair Brown in role of Frau Schneider in the hit revival of "Cabaret"

1997

Succeeded Dana Ivey in Alfred Uhry's Tony-winning play "The Last Night of Ballyhoo"

1994

Co-starred in the acclaimed Broadway revival of "Show Boat"

1993

Succeeded Piper Laurie in the Off-Broadway production of Larry Kramer's "The Destiny of Me"

1987

Earned another Tony Award nomination for her role as Maxine in "Stepping Out"

1979

Played Mrs. Kendal in the Broadway production of "The Elephant Man"

1975

Received first Tony Award nomination for her performance as Jane in "Absurd Person Singular"

1969

Once again reprised role for the ABC TV series version of "The Odd Couple"

1968

Reprised role for the feature film version of "The Odd Couple"

1965

Made Broadway debut in the original production of "The Odd Couple"

1955

Made London stage debut in "Simon and Laura"

1950

Made professional stage debut as Little Nell in "The Old Curiosity Shop"

1949

Made film debut in "Give Us This Day"

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