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Carroll Baker is a Actor American born on 28 may 1931 at Johnstown (USA)

Carroll Baker

Carroll Baker
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Birth name Karolina Piekarski
Nationality USA
Birth 28 may 1931 (92 years) at Johnstown (USA)

Carroll Baker (born May 28, 1931) is an American film, stage, and television actress. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Baker's range of roles from naive ingenues to brash and flamboyant women established her as both a serious dramatic actress and a blonde bombshell. While performing on Broadway in 1954, she was recruited by director Elia Kazan to play the lead in Tennessee Williams's Baby Doll (1956). Her role in the film as a sexually-repressed Southern bride lent Baker overnight notoriety and earned her BAFTA and Academy Award nominations for Best Actress, as well as a Golden Globe award for Most Promising Newcomer that year.

Other notable early roles included Giant (1956) and But Not for Me (1959), as well as westerns such as The Big Country (1958), How the West Was Won (1962), and Cheyenne Autumn (1964). In the mid-1960s, Baker became an established sex symbol for her roles in The Carpetbaggers (1964), Sylvia (1965), and Harlow (1965). She relocated to Italy in 1966 amidst a legal battle over her contract with Paramount Pictures, and spent the following ten years starring in hard-edged horror and giallo thrillers, including Umberto Lenzi's Paranoia (1969) and Knife of Ice (1972), before re-emerging for American audiences as a character actress in Andy Warhol's cult film Bad (1977).

Baker worked prominently in television throughout the 1980s and 1990s, appearing on the series Murder, She Wrote; L.A. Law, and Roswell, and had supporting roles in the films Ironweed (1987), Kindergarten Cop (1990) and The Game (1997). She formally retired from acting in 2002. In addition to acting, Baker is also the author of three books.


Baker has been married three times; she first married Louie Ritter in 1953, but the marriage ended within a year, after which she enrolled at the Actors Studio in New York City. Baker alleged that Ritter had raped her when she was still a virgin in the early stages of their relationship. Her second was to director Jack Garfein, a Holocaust survivor she met at the Studio and for whom she converted to Judaism (having been raised a Catholic). They had one daughter, Blanche Baker (born 1956), also an actress; and a son, Herschel Garfein, (born 1958) who is a composer and faculty member at the Steinhardt School of Music at New York University. Garfein and Baker divorced in 1969.

Baker married her third husband, British theater actor Donald Burton, on March 10, 1978, and resided in Hampstead, London, in the 1980s. The couple remained together until Burton's death from emphysema at their home in Cathedral City, California, on December 8, 2007.

After leaving Hollywood in the mid-1960s, Baker travelled with Bob Hope's Christmas USO troupe entertaining soldiers in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, an experience which she described as reformative: "In the hospitals I held the hands of damaged young men, and I realized that my pain was not exclusive: that in this world there was suffering much more terrible than mine."

Baker resided mainly in New York City and Los Angeles throughout the 1950s and 1960s before relocating to Rome, Italy to pursue her career there. Baker was mainly based in California throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. She currently resides in New York City.

In February 2014, she served as maid of honor at longtime friend and former actor Patrick Suraci's wedding to his partner, Tony Perkins, in New York.

Best films

Kindergarten Cop (1990)
How the West Was Won (1962)
Giant (1956)
Ironweed (1987)
The Big Country (1958)
Baby Doll (1956)

Usually with

Paul Baxley
Paul Baxley
(3 films)
Umberto Lenzi
Umberto Lenzi
(4 films)
Bob Morgan
Bob Morgan
(3 films)
Chuck Hayward
Chuck Hayward
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Carroll Baker (50 films)

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Cinerama Adventure, 1h33
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry
Actors Carroll Baker, Merian C. Cooper, Joe Dante, Russ Tamblyn, Kevin Brownlow, Mike Todd Jr.
Roles Self
Rating76% 3.8143753.8143753.8143753.8143753.814375
Documentaire à propos du parcours du Cinérama entre 1952 et 1962, procédé technique permettant de tourner des films dans un format très large à l'aide de trois caméras. Le Cinérama est à l'origine du cinémascope que nous connaissons bien aujourd'hui.
The Game
The Game (1997)
, 2h9
Directed by David Fincher
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Themes L'action se déroule en une journée, Jeu
Actors Michael Douglas, Sean Penn, Deborah Kara Unger, James Rebhorn, Peter Donat, Armin Mueller-Stahl
Roles Ilsa
Rating76% 3.8490053.8490053.8490053.8490053.849005
Nicholas Van Orton (Michael Douglas) is a wealthy investment banker, but his success has come at a cost. He is estranged from both his ex-wife (Anna Katarina) and his only sibling, younger brother Conrad (Sean Penn). He remains haunted from having seen his father (Charles Martinet) commit suicide on the latter's 48th birthday. For Nicholas' own 48th birthday, Conrad presents Nicholas with an unusual gift—a voucher for a "game" offered by a company called Consumer Recreation Services (CRS). Conrad promises Nicholas that it will change his life.
Dalva (1996)
, 1h36
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Pregnancy films, Films about sexuality
Actors Farrah Fawcett, Carroll Baker, Powers Boothe, Jesse Borrego, Peter Coyote, Rod Steiger
Roles Naomi
Rating48% 2.447762.447762.447762.447762.44776
When she was a teenager, Dalva (Fawcett), got pregnant and wound up giving the baby away. Now, twenty years later, she sets off to find her now-grown child.
Men Don't Tell, 1h35
Directed by Harry Winer
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about families, Films about domestic violence
Actors Peter Strauss, Judith Light, Noble Willingham, James Gammon, Stephen Lee, Richard Gant
Roles Ruth
Rating64% 3.2419153.2419153.2419153.2419153.241915
Ed MacAffrey, a loving husband and father, is terrorized by the violent behavior of his wife, Laura. He tolerates this not only because he loves her and is concerned over the welfare of his daughter, but also because men are traditionally regarded as weaklings if they allow themselves to be battered by their wives. After one of Laura's destructive tantrums brings the attention of the police, Ed is suspected of being the aggressor. Finally, Laura goes too far and Ed tries to defend himself - whereupon Laura crashes through the front window of her home and is rendered comatose. Ed is arrested for Domestic Violence and Attempted Murder.
Cyber Eden
Cyber Eden (1992)
, 1h50
Directed by Mario Orfini
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Adventure
Actors Adriano Celentano, Salvatore Cascio, Kate Vernon, Carroll Baker, Christopher Lee
Roles Madame
Rating45% 2.261322.261322.261322.261322.26132
In Italy an old female billionaire has created a multinational company called Financial Youth Foundation, which has taken seven prodigies children who work with new computers. The purpose of the foundation is to restore youth to old with artificial products. The gardener of the villa of the old billionaire, Furio, hdiscovers that this effect of youth, apparently beneficial, is a plan to exploit people with technology. So Furio is opposed to this system, so that the seven children and the younger generation can savor the beauty of nature, fighting the false and malicious technology.
Blonde Fist, 1h42
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Boxing films
Actors Margi Clarke, Carroll Baker, Angela Clarke, Stephen Graham, Tina Malone, Julie Graham
Roles Lovell Summers
Rating46% 2.3349752.3349752.3349752.3349752.334975
The film revolves around the story of Ronnie O'Dowd, a woman who attempts to escape her domestic problems by fleeing to New York in search of her father. She finds him, and experiences new problems, some friendship, a romance, and an unexpected career as pro-boxer, to make ends meet.
Kindergarten Cop, 1h51
Directed by Ivan Reitman
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Comedy thriller, Action
Themes Films about education
Actors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penelope Ann Miller, Pamela Reed, Linda Hunt, Carroll Baker, Richard Tyson
Roles Eleanor Crisp
Rating61% 3.0992253.0992253.0992253.0992253.099225
After years of pursuing drug lord Cullen Crisp (Richard Tyson), Los Angeles Police Detective John Kimble (Schwarzenegger) has him on a murder charge after Crisp shot and killed an informant (Tom Kurlander) who has given him information regarding the whereabouts of his ex-wife, Rachel Myatt Crisp, and his son Cullen, Jr. However, the informant's girlfriend (Alix Koromzay) is unwilling to testify in court.
Ironweed (1987)
, 2h23
Directed by Héctor Babenco
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about alcoholism, Medical-themed films, Films about drugs
Actors Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Carroll Baker, Michael O'Keefe, Diane Venora, Margaret Whitton
Roles Annie Phelan
Rating66% 3.347333.347333.347333.347333.34733
Francis Phelan (Jack Nicholson) is a washed-up baseball player who deserted his family back in the 1910s when he accidentally dropped his son and killed him. It is assumed in the film that he was drunk at the time until he later claims he was just tired and doesn't understand why no one will believe him. Since then, Phelan has been a bum, punishing himself. Wandering into his hometown of Albany, New York on Halloween in 1938, Phelan seeks out his lover and drinking companion, Helen Archer (Meryl Streep). The two meet up in a mission managed by Reverend Chester (James Gammon), and later in Oscar Reo's (Fred Gwynne) gin mill. Over the next few days, Phelan takes a few minor jobs to support his habit, haunted by visions of his past. Francis comes back to his old family house and tries a reconciliation with his wife Annie Phelan (Carroll Baker), his son Billy (Michael O'Keefe) and Peg (Diane Venora). Meanwhile, a group of local vigilantes take it upon themselves to drive the homeless out of Albany. During the course of the day, a series of events change Francis' life forever.
Native Son
Native Son (1986)
, 1h51
Directed by Jerrold Freedman
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about racism
Actors Matt Dillon, Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth McGovern, Geraldine Page, Akosua Busia, Carroll Baker
Roles Mrs. Dalton
Rating59% 2.999062.999062.999062.999062.99906
Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Bigger Thomas, an African American who lives in an impoverished neighborhood, is employed by a prosperous white family who live in the suburbs of a major city. The money Bigger makes at his new job will be used to supplement his mother's income. As a chauffeur, he is directed by the father of the family to take Mary, the daughter, to the university. Instead, Mary decides to pick up her Socialist boyfriend, Jan, and to spend the time drinking and partying.
Hitler's SS : Portrait In Evil, 2h15
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Historical
Actors Carroll Baker, Paul Brooke, Warren Clarke, Michael Elphick, José Ferrer, Lucy Gutteridge
Roles Gerda Hoffman
Rating64% 3.241463.241463.241463.241463.24146
Helmut and Karl Hoffman are two brothers who grow up in the Great Depression of the Weimar Republic, witness the coming to power of the NSDAP (Nazi Party) and the establishment of the Third Reich. Karl, an unemployed mechanic, is enthusiastic about the Nazis and joins the Sturmabteilung (SA-"Storm Battalion"), the Nazi Party militia, after hearing its commander Ernst Röhm speak at a Nazi Party rally. Helmut is reluctant and thinks the Nazis are simply another political party.
Star 80
Star 80 (1984)
, 1h43
Directed by Bob Fosse
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Biography
Actors Mariel Hemingway, Eric Roberts, Cliff Robertson, Carroll Baker, Roger Rees, David Clennon
Roles Dorothy's Mum
Rating67% 3.3970453.3970453.3970453.3970453.397045
A teenaged girl, Dorothy Hoogstraten, is working at a Dairy Queen in her hometown of Vancouver, Canada when a customer in his 20s, Paul Snider, makes her acquaintance. Snider becomes her date for a school dance, over the objections of Dorothy's mother, Nelly, who does not care for his manner, dress, or attempt to ingratiate himself with the family, Dorothy's younger sister in particular.