Carroll Baker

Actor, Writer, Dancer
A talented former dancer and magician's assistant, voluptuous, blonde bombshell Carroll Baker came under the private tutelage of Lee Strasberg once in NYC, eventually becoming a member of the famed Actors Studio. She ... Read more »
Born: 05/27/1931 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (60)

Chicago Hope 1991 - 1995, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Harold Robbins: Fact, Fantasy and Fiction 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Roswell 1991 - 1993, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Karl Malden: Workingman's Actor 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Game 1997 (Movie)

Ilsa (Actor)

Clark Gable: Tall, Dark and Handsome 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Deadly Measures 1996 (Movie)

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Charlton Heston: For All Seasons 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Kiss to Die For 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Men Don't Tell 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1991 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Davis Rules 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Blonde Fist 1991 (Movie)

Lovelle Summers (Actor)

The Hollywood Christmas Parade 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Trap 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Kindergarten Cop 1990 (Movie)

Eleanor Crisp (Actor)

The Story of Hollywood 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Ironweed 1987 (Movie)

Annie Phelan (Actor)

Native Son 1986 (Movie)

Mrs Dalton (Actor)

Red Monarch 1983 (Movie)

Brown (Actor)

Star 80 1983 (Movie)

Dorothy's Mother (Actor)

The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud 1983 (Movie)

Mama Freud (Actor)

Watcher in the Woods 1979 (Movie)

Helen Curtis (Actor)

The World Is Full of Married Men 1978 (Movie)

Linda Cooper (Actor)

Andy Warhol's Bad 1975 (Movie)

Mrs Aiken (Actor)

La Moglie di mio padre 1975 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

The Devil Has Seven Faces 1973 (Movie)

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Baba Yaga 1972 (Movie)

Baba Yaga (Actor)

Captain Apache 1970 (Movie)

Maude (Actor)

Orgasmo 1967 (Movie)

Kathryn West (Actor)

Jack of Diamonds 1966 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Harlow 1965 (Movie)

Jean Harlow (Actor)

Mister Moses 1965 (Movie)

Julie Anderson (Actor)

Sylvia 1965 (Movie)

Sylvia West (Actor)

The Greatest Story Ever Told 1965 (Movie)

Veronica (Actor)

Cheyenne Autumn 1964 (Movie)

Deborah Wright (Actor)

The Carpetbaggers 1963 (Movie)

Rina (Actor)

How the West Was Won 1962 (Movie)

Eve Prescott (Actor)

Bridge to the Sun 1961 (Movie)

Gwen Terasaki (Actor)

Something Wild 1960 (Movie)

Mary Ann (Actor)

But Not For Me 1958 (Movie)

Eleanor Brown (Actor)

The Big Country 1958 (Movie)

Patricia Terrill (Actor)

The Miracle 1958 (Movie)

Teresa (Actor)

Baby Doll 1956 (Movie)

Baby Doll Meighan (Actor)

Giant 1956 (Movie)

Luz Benedict II (Actor)

Easy to Love 1953 (Movie)

Clarice (Actor)

Anne Murray's Ladies' Night (TV Show)

Actor

Another Woman's Husband (TV Show)

Actor

Dalva (TV Show)

Actor

Heart Full of Rain (TV Show)

Actor

North Shore Fish (TV Show)

Actor

On Fire (TV Show)

Actor

Silent Hearts (TV Show)

Actor

Skeletons (TV Show)

Actor

The Next Victim (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A talented former dancer and magician's assistant, voluptuous, blonde bombshell Carroll Baker came under the private tutelage of Lee Strasberg once in NYC, eventually becoming a member of the famed Actors Studio. She had appeared in a bit role in "Easy to Love" (1953), but it was her performance on Broadway in Robert Anderson's "All Summer Long" (1955) that led director Elia Kazan and playwright-screenwriter Tennessee Williams to chose her (over Marilyn Monroe) for their classic "Baby Doll" (1956). Although George Steven's "Giant", which opened two months earlier that same year, introduced Baker as a terrific screen presence, it did not prepare anyone for her sizzling portrayal as the underage and overly ripe wife of Karl Malden, whose erotic thumb-sucking and torrid "love scene" (without a single kiss) played with Eli Wallach on a swing outside the house somehow slipped past the Hays' censors, earning her a much-deserved Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Condemned by the Catholic Church's Legion of Decency because of its "carnal suggestiveness", "Baby Doll" established Baker solidly as an A-list actor.

Relationships

Blanche Baker Actor

Child
Born in 1965

William Baker

Father

Virginia Baker

Mother

Donald Burton Actor

Husband
Married 1982 until his death 2007

Jack Garfein Actor

Companion
Married on April 5, 1955 separated in 1964 divorced in 1969 met at Actors Studio second husband

Herschel Garfein

Son
born in 1957

Franco Nero Actor

Companion
Baker revealed to the London Times that they had an affair

Louie Ritter

Husband
Married January 1953; lasted eight months; he was 65 at the time of their wedding Baker claimed he raped her

EDUCATION

Greensburgh High School

Greensburgh , Pennsylvania

Actors Studio

New York , New York

St Petersburg Junior College

St Petersburg , Florida 1952
left after one semester to join dance troupe

Milestones

1997

Acted in the TV-movies "North Shore Fish" and "Heart Full of Rain"

1997

Played important role as Michael Douglas' housekeeper in David Fincher's "The Game"

1996

Appeared in HBO movie "Skeleton"

1993

Did a three-week guest stint on TV's "L.A. Law"

1991

Superb as aging ex-stripper who becomes Margi Clarke's "manager" in "Blonde Fist"

1990

Villainous turn as the cold-blooded mother of psychopath Richard Tyson in "Kindergarten Cop", starring Arnold Schwarzenegger

1987

Delivered sympathetic portrayal as Jack Nicholson's long abandoned wife in "Ironweed"

1986

Portrayed blind Mrs Dalton in "Native Son"

1985

Featured role as Gerda Hoffman in "Hitler's SS: Portrait of Evil", an NBC movie released theatrically abroad

1983

Played Dorothy Stratton's mother in "Star 80" and Sigmund Freud's mother in "The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud"

1980

Appeared in British-made Disney effort "Watcher in the Woods", starring Bette Davis

1978

Acted on the stage in American regional theater, Canada and the United Kingdom

1977

Reprised role of Sadie Thompson in London stage debut of Somerset Maugham's "Rain"

1972

British TV debut, "Rain"

1965

Reunited with Stevens for "The Greatest Story Ever Told"

1965

Played bad girl turned good in Gordon Douglas' "Sylvia"

1965

Second film of the year with Douglas, "Harlow", rushed through production to compete with the slipshod Carol Linley version of the same year

1964

Role for "The Carpetbaggers" drawn almost wholly from Jean Harlow; second film with Peppard

1963

Perfectly exploited as the sexpot among five love-starved men in "Station Six-Sahara"

1962

Gets her man (Jimmy Stewart) in star-studded "How the West Was Won" (also first film with George Peppard)

1961

Starred in husband Jack Garfein's second feature film, "Something Wild"

1959

Acted opposite Clark Gable in "But Not for Me"

1958

Portrayed Charles Bickford's tempestuous, pouting daughter in William Wyler's "The Big Country"

1956

Proved herself a competent actress in her first important movie part as the high-spirited daughter of Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson in George Stevens' "Giant"

1956

Established herself as a sizzling cinematic presence in Elia Kazan's "Baby Doll" (screenplay by Tennessee Williams), playing the underaged but overly ripe and buxom title character; Warner Bros signed her to a contract following her work on the film; earn

1955

Broadway debut, "All Summer Long"

1953

Appeared in workshop production of "A Hatful of Rain" at Actors Studio

1953

Film debut in a bit part in "Easy to Love"

Moved to Italy, beginning a 10-year period of doing European sexploitation flicks with such catchy titles as "Orgasmo" (1969) and "Baba Yaga--Devil Witch" (1973)

Worked as a conjurer's assistant for Burling Hall (known as the Great Volta) who booked her on the Kemp Time Vaudeville Circuit in North Carolina

Moved to New York and danced in a nightclub

Returned to NY with Russ Morgan's band; acted on TV commercials (including Coca-Cola)

Joined itinerant dance troupe and toured southern states

Bonus Trivia

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Named Woman of the Year by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Club in 1957.

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Received Film Achievement Award from Look Magazine (1957).

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Presented a lifetime achievement award at the Breckenridge (Colorado) Film Festival (1997).

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Baker was one of the first mainstream Hollywood starlets to pose nude in Playboy magazine.

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About working with George Peppard and Alan Ladd in "The Carpetbaggers" (Ladd's last film): "George wasn't a nice person--fame had gone to his head--and I didn't like the way he treated Alan. Alan had trouble remembering his lines and was so insecure it made you sad to be around him. We all knew he was ill, but George would always say, 'For Chrissakes, get it together, Alan'" --Carroll Baker in Movieline, February 1998.

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"['The Game' is] an important movie and I'm honored to be in it. Of course, I'd like to be the romantic lead. And I'm actually closer to Michael's [Douglas] age than Deborah Kara Unger is [Baker is 66, Douglas is 53 and Unger is 31]. I think it's always worked that way in Hollywood. When I was in my 20s, I played opposite Jimmy Stewart, Robert Mitchum and Clark Gable, all of whom were old enough to be my father." --Baker quoted in New York Post, September 9, 1997.

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"I'm getting a bit discouraged because I would like to age gracefully. I'm never going to look like a woman, just an old girl." --Baker quoted in the London Times, June 26, 2000.

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