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Helena Carroll

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Birth name Helena Winifred Carroll
Nationality Ecosse
Birth 13 november 1928 at Glasgow (United-kingdom)
Death 31 march 2013 (at 84 years) at Los Angeles (USA)

Helena Winifred Carroll (13 November 1928 – 31 March 2013) was a veteran film, television and stage actress. Born to clothing designer Helena Reilly and Abbey Theatre playwright Paul Vincent Carroll, she was the youngest of three sisters. Her elder sisters were Theresa Elizabeth Perez (1924-2001), a classically trained musician and the producer/founder of the People's Pops Concerts in Phoenix, Arizona, and journalist Kathleen Moira Carroll (1927-2007).

Miss Carroll attended Clerkhill Notre Dame High School, a Roman Catholic convent school in Dumbarton. She received her training at the Central School which later became the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art London, appearing in three plays in London's West End and a film, Midnight Episode, by age 20. She made her Broadway debut in Separate Tables by Terence Rattigan. She moved to the U.S. during the 1950s, touring and performing on Broadway and co-founded, with Dermot McNamara, The Irish Players, a repertory theater company in Manhattan.

At the dawn of television, Miss Carroll played the leading role of Nora, in a television production of her father's play, The White Steed (1959 Play of the Week Series), directed by Joe Gisterak. Gisterak directed a 1980 commissioned opera of her father's play, Beauty is Fled, as part of the "Children's Opera Series", which her sister, Theresa Perez founded. The opera was performed at the Phoenix Symphony Hall.

Helena split her stage work between Dublin, London and New York, appearing on Broadway in, among other productions the original production of Oliver! as Mrs. Sowerberry, as well as Pickwick, Design for Living, Waiting in the Wings, and the Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton revivals of Private Lives (New York and Los Angeles).

Prompted by friends who had preceded her to Los Angeles, producer Al Simon and casting director Caro Jones (the latter of whom gave Les Moonves, now president of CBS, his first job in the biz), Carroll moved to Los Angeles in the late 1960s and appeared in numerous films and television programs, including John Huston's Academy Award nominated film The Dead, The Friends of Eddie Coyle starring Robert Mitchum, The Jerk, directed by Carl Reiner and starring Steve Martin, The Mambo Kings, the Warren Beatty remake of Love Affair, and such television programs as General Hospital, Edge of Night, Loving Couples, Laverne and Shirley, Murder She Wrote, etc.


Fille de Paul Vincent Carroll, dramaturge originaire d'Irlande du Nord et de Helena Reilly, elle est la benjamine d'une fratrie de trois enfants. Ses deux grandes sœurs sont Theresa Elizabeth Perez (1924-2001) musicienne de formation classique et fondatrice des People's Pops Concerts à Phoenix en Arizona et Kathleen Moira Carroll (1927-2007), journaliste.

Elle effectue sa scolarité au sein de Clerkhill Notre Dame High School, une école catholique de Dumbarton. Pourtant, c'est vers le théâtre qu'elle se tourne en étudiant à la Académie d'art dramatique Douglas Webber à Londres. Elle joue alors dans trois pièces de théâtre au cœur du West End londonien et dans un film, Midnight Episode, âgée de 20 ans.

Helena Carroll déménage aux États-Unis au début des années 1950 et s'établit à New York. Elle fait ses débuts sur la scène américaine à Broadway, dans Tables séparées en 1958 et dans la comédie musicale Oliver! en 1963. Avec le concours d'un certain Dermot McNamara, elle fonde The Irish Players, une compagnie de théâtre ayant comme particularité de présenter des pièces de dramaturges irlandais. À cette époque, sa carrière de comédienne l'amène à voyager à New York, Londres et Dublin. Elle rend hommage à son père dramaturge en jouant dans plusieurs de ses pièces, dont son œuvre la plus connue, Shadow and Substance, écrite en 1937 et traitant des troubles politiques et confessionnels de l'Irlande du début du XX siècle.

Dans les années 1960, Helena Carroll quitte New-York pour Los Angeles après le succès de l'interprétation de la pièce Les Amants terribles, mettant en scène l'actrice Elizabeth Taylor et l'acteur Richard Burton. Le producteur Al Simon et le directeur de casting Caro Jones lui proposent alors des rôles sur le grand écran. Elle fait alors des apparitions dans des films tels que Les Copains d'Eddie Coyle en 1973, The Dead, Un vrai schnock en 1979, Rocky 5, en 1990, Les Mambo Kings en 1992, mais aussi dans des séries télévisées, comme Hôpital central, The Edge of Night, L'Amour à quatre mains, Laverne and Shirley, ou encore Arabesque et Les Anges du bonheur.

Elle meurt à le 31 mars 2013 à Marina Del Rey, près de Los Angeles, âgée de 84 ans.

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Filmography of Helena Carroll (12 films)

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Mother Terese: In The Name of God's Poor, 1h35
Directed by Kevin Connor
Origin United-kingdom
Actors Géraldine Chaplin, Keene Curtis, Helena Carroll, William Katt, Ravindra Randeniya
Roles Mother Superior
Rating65% 3.289843.289843.289843.289843.28984
In mid-1940s Calcutta, Mother Teresa teaches geography at her convent. One day, she and one of the other sisters go outside the convent to find food for their girls, only to get caught up in a riot. Though they manage to make it back to the convent, Mother Teresa is shocked by the sight of the massive number of people starving in the streets. Haunted by the images of the hungry people, Mother Teresa decides to leave the convent to devote her life to caring for the poorest of the poor.
Love Affair, 1h48
Directed by Glenn Gordon Caron
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romantic drama, Romance
Actors Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Katharine Hepburn, Pierce Brosnan, Garry Shandling, Chloe Webb
Rating58% 2.949782.949782.949782.949782.94978
Ex-football star Mike Gambril and singer Terry McKay, each of whom is engaged to marry someone else, meet on a flight to Sydney. The plane makes an emergency landing and passengers must wait until a piece of equipment is delivered.
The Mambo Kings, 1h43
Directed by Arne Glimcher
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical
Themes Seafaring films, Films about music and musicians, Transport films, Musical films
Actors Armand Assante, Antonio Banderas, Cathy Moriarty, Maruschka Detmers, Scott Cohen, Desi Arnaz Jr.
Roles Mrs. Shannon
Rating64% 3.2479353.2479353.2479353.2479353.247935
In the early 1950s, Cuban brothers and musicians Cesar (Armand Assante) and Nestor Castillo (Antonio Banderas) flee from Havana, Cuba after getting into a violent dispute with the mobster owners of a club where they performed. Eventually ending up in New York City, the brothers work at menial jobs while attempting to revive their musical careers. At a nightclub where Cesar briefly crashes the act of mambo star Tito Puente, they make new friends and connections, as well as meeting cigarette girl Lanna Lake (Cathy Moriarty), who falls quickly into a love affair with Cesar.
Rocky V
Rocky V (1990)
, 1h51
Directed by Sylvester Stallone, John G. Avildsen
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Boxing films, Le boxe anglaise
Actors Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Sage Stallone, Richard Gant, Burgess Meredith
Rating53% 2.6513352.6513352.6513352.6513352.651335
Shortly after Rocky Balboa's victory over Ivan Drago in Moscow, he, his wife Adrian, his brother-in-law Paulie, and his trainer Tony "Duke" Evers return to the U.S., where they are greeted by Rocky's son Robert. At a press conference, boxing promoter George Washington Duke attempts to goad Rocky into fighting his boxer Union Cane for the World Heavyweight Championship in Tokyo, but Rocky declines the offer. Upon returning home, it is discovered that Paulie unknowingly had Rocky sign a "power of attorney" over to Rocky's accountant, who had squandered all of his money on real estate deals gone sour; in addition, the accountant had failed to pay Rocky's taxes over the past six years, and the mansion is discovered to be unpaid by $400,000.
Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat, 1h44
Directed by Anthony Hickox
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Horror comedy, Action, Horror, Western
Themes Vampires in film, Comedy horror films
Actors David Carradine, Morgan Brittany, Bruce Campbell, Jim Metzler, Maxwell Caulfield, Deborah Foreman
Roles Madge
Rating62% 3.1005553.1005553.1005553.1005553.100555
Under the leadership of their ancient and powerful leader Jozek Mardulak, a colony of vampires seek a peaceful life in the desolate desert town of Purgatory. Key to the transition is the town's artificial-bloodmaking facility and it is just not working. Mardulak summons the human designer of the plant, who brings his wife and two young daughters along for what he thinks will be a pleasant desert vacation. Soon, he and his family are caught up in a civil war as another vampire elder, who abhors the idea of vampires being anything other than predators, organizes a revolution, and a descendant of the Van Helsing family arrives intent on destroying all vampires.
The Dead
The Dead (1987)
, 1h23
Directed by John Huston
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Cooking films, Films about writers
Actors Anjelica Huston, Donal McCann, Colm Meaney, Dan O'Herlihy, Donal Donnelly, Helena Carroll
Roles Aunt Kate
Rating73% 3.695923.695923.695923.695923.69592
L'histoire se passe à Dublin, chez les trois demoiselles Morhan, en 1904. C'est le réveillon, toute la famille se réunit autour d'une dinde et de whiskeys. Le repas ne commence qu'après des danses familiales , un morceau de piano, une vieille chanson et une étrange histoire bien racontée. Au diner sous l'effet de la bonne nourriture et des alcools, les langues vont se délier et chacun pourra exprimer ses idées ou ses souvenirs. Un discours de Gabriel très émouvant aidera chacun à se révéler. Lors du départ un air lointain fredonné provoquera une grande nostalgie chez Gretta qui évoquera à son mari, de retour chez eux, son amour de jeunesse.
Ghost Story, 1h50
Directed by John Irvin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Themes Ghost films
Actors Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., John Houseman, Alice Krige, Craig Wasson
Rating62% 3.1499153.1499153.1499153.1499153.149915
The plot is taken from the novel of the same name by Straub, but greatly changes and simplifies it.
Loving Couples, 1h37
Directed by Jack Smight
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy
Actors Shirley MacLaine, James Coburn, Susan Sarandon, Stephen Collins, Michael Currie, Sally Kellerman
Roles Prudence
Rating52% 2.6196952.6196952.6196952.6196952.619695
L’échangisme sur le ton de la comédie. Evelyn et Walter, des quinquagénaires, font respectivement la connaissance de Greg et Stéphanie, un couple de jeunes gens. Ils s’engagent dans des relations amoureuses extraconjugales et la situation devient complexe lorsqu’ils se retrouvent ensemble en week-end à Acapulco.
The Jerk
The Jerk (1979)
, 1h44
Directed by Carl Reiner
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, M. Emmet Walsh, Jackie Mason, Dick O'Neill, Mabel King
Roles Hester
Rating71% 3.5989753.5989753.5989753.5989753.598975
Navin R. Johnson, a homeless man, directly addresses the camera and tells his story. He is the adopted white son of African American sharecroppers, who grows to adulthood naïvely unaware of his obvious adoption. He stands out in his family not just because of his skin color but because of his utter lack of rhythm when his adopted family plays spirited blues music. One night, he hears the staid and starchy Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra song called "Crazy Rhythm" on the radio and his feet spontaneously begin to move with the urge to dance; he sees this as a calling and decides to hitchhike to St. Louis, from where the song was broadcast. On the way, he stops at a motel, where a dog wakes him up by barking at his door. Navin thinks the dog is trying to warn of a fire and names the dog "Lifesaver". He wakes up the other hotel guests to rescue them, but when everyone realizes it was a false alarm, one Asian man angrily suggests he call the dog "Shithead", which Navin takes literally.
The Friends of Eddie Coyle, 1h42
Directed by Peter Yates, Burt Kennedy
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Films about immigration, Mafia films, Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle, Richard Jordan, Steven Keats, Alex Rocco, Mitch Ryan
Roles Sheila Coyle
Rating74% 3.7488053.7488053.7488053.7488053.748805
Eddie Coyle (a.k.a. "Eddie Fingers") is an aging delivery truck driver for a bakery. He is also a low-level gunrunner for a crime organization in Boston, Massachusetts. He is facing several years in prison for a truck hijacking in New Hampshire set up by Dillon, who owns a local bar. Coyle's last chance is securing a sentencing recommendation through the help of an ATF agent, Dave Foley, who demands that Coyle become an informer in return. Unbeknownst to Coyle, Dillon is an informer for Foley.