Who is Carol Kane?

Carolyn Laurie ‘Carol’ Kane was born in Cleveland, Ohio USA, on 18 June 1952 – her zodiac sign is Gemini, and she holds American nationality. She’s an actress and musician, with more than 160 acting credits to her name, while she’s probably still known best for her portrayal of Valerie in the 1987 adventure family fantasy movie “The Princess Bride”. It was directed by Rob Reiner, starred Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin and Robin Wright, and follows a grandfather as he’s telling his sick grandson a story about a farmboy who’s become a pirate; the movie won seven of the 18 awards for which it was nominated, including an Oscar nomination for Best Music, Original Song.

There are rumors circulating the internet today claiming that Carol’s retired from acting, however, she’s still highly active in the film industry, and aside from recent appearances in several TV series, is currently shooting for several upcoming movies and other TV series.

Early life and education

Carol was raised in Cleveland alongside her older sister Anina, by their father Michael Kane about whom not a lot is known as Carol respects his privacy, and their mother Joy who was a jazz musician and pianist. Joy and Michael divorced when Carol was 12, and she and her sister then lived with their mother.

She became interested in acting while studying at the boarding Cherry Lawn School in Darien, Connecticut; Carol appeared in many school plays during her years there, while she also appeared in a couple of theatre plays.

She continued her education at HB Studio, and then at New York City’s Professional Children’s School, from which she matriculated in 1969. Carol then chose not to pursue a college degree, but to work on her way up in the film industry.

Roles in movies

Carol made her debut film appearance in the 1971 drama “Desperate Characters”, while a couple of her following roles were in the 1971 drama “Carnal Knowledge”, the 1972 drama “Wedding in White” and the 1973 comedy drama “The Last Detail”.

She gained recognition in 1977, when cast to play Allison in the critically acclaimed romantic comedy “Annie Hall”, written and directed by Woody Allen, who also starred in it alongside Diane Keaton and Tony Roberts. It follows divorced Jewish comedian Alvy Singer as he’s remembering his past relationship with nightclub singer Annie Hall; the movie won 35 awards, including four Oscars, while it was nominated for eight other awards.

A couple of Carol’s most notable performances in the ‘80s were perhaps in the 1982 mystery horror comedy “Pandemonium”, the 1988 comedy “License to Drive”, and the 1989 romantic comedy “The Lemon Sisters”.

What marked the ‘90s for her was probably her portrayal of Granny in the 1993 fantasy comedy “Addams Family Values”, directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, and which starred Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia and Christopher Lloyd. It follows the Addams Family as they’re trying to convince their Uncle Fester that his new girlfriend Debbie is no good; the movie won three of the 20 awards for which it was nominated, including an Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction – Set Decoration.

Carol appeared in a couple of popular movies in the 2000s, such as the 2002 romantic comedy drama “Love in the Time of Money”, the 2003 family drama “Audrey’s Rain”, and the 2008 romantic comedy drama “Four Christmases”.

She played Mrs Sisters in the hit 2018 western crime drama “The Sisters Brothers”, written and directed by Jacques Audiard, and which starred John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaal. It follows gunslingers and assassins Charlie and Eli Sisters as they’re chasing a gold prospector and his ally; the movie won 13 of the 37 awards for which it was nominated.

Some of Carol’s most recent film roles have been in the 2019 short comedy “Boys Don’t Wear Dresses”, the 2020 adventure mystery comedy “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs the Reverend”, and the 2022 family drama “iMordecai”.

Roles in TV series

Carol made her debut TV series appearance in the 1978 episode “Fans of the Kosko Show” of the drama “Visions”, and the ‘80s then saw her appear in an episode or two of numerous series, such as the musical drama “Great Performances”, the drama “BBC2 Playhouse”, and the romantic comedy drama “American Playhouse”.

However, what marked the ‘80s for her was probably her portrayal of Simka Dahblitz-Gravas in the hit comedy “Taxi”, created by James L. Brooks and Stan Daniels, and which starred Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway and Danny DeVito. It follows the lives of people working at a taxi company in New York City, aired from 1978 to 1983 (Carol joined the cast in 1980), and won 45 awards, including 18 Primetime Emmys, while it was nominated for 55 other awards.

A couple of Carol’s most notable performances in the ‘90s were perhaps in the 1991 comedy “American Dreamer”, the 1993 drama “Brooklyn Bridge”, and the 1997 comedy “Pearl”.

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She appeared in only a couple of TV series in the 2000s, while she attracted attention once again in 2014, when cast to play Gertrude Kapelput in the critically acclaimed action crime drama “Gotham”, created by Bruno Heller, and which starred Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith and Donal Logue. It follows the life of detective James Gordon prior to Batman’s arrival in Gotham City, the series aired from 2014 to 2019 and won eight awards, including a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour), while it was nominated for 62 other awards.

Three of Carol’s most recent TV series roles have been in the 2021 episode “Making a Splash/The Spelling Vee” of the short animated comedy “Vampirina” (voice role), two episodes of the 2021 animated comedy drama “F Is for Family” (voice role), and 20 episodes of the mystery crime drama “Hunters” since 2020.

Other credits

Carol received special thanks for the 2002 drama movie “The Guys”.

She could’ve been seen featured in various documentary movies, most recently in “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond”, “Bette Davis: Größer als das Leben”, and “Waiting for Ishtar”, all released in 2017.

Carol’s sung songs in six movies and TV series, including in the 1989 film “The Lemon Sisters”, the 2015 episode “The Blind Fortune Teller” of the series “Gotham”, and the 2020 movie “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs the Reverend”.

She’s made a guest appearance in numerous talk-shows, most recently in “Entertainment Tonight”, “Stars in the House” and “The Morning Show”.

Awards and nominations

Carol’s won six of the 17 awards for which she’s been nominated, including a 1976 Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role, for her performance in the 1975 romantic movie “Hester Street”.

Her wins include a 1980 Cinema Writers Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress for “Las Sabina”, two Primetime Emmys in 1982 and 1983 for her performance in “Taxi”, and a 2013 Gen Art Film Festival Cast Collaboration Award for Feature Film, for her and her colleagues’ performance in “Emoticon”.

Love life and relationships

Carol prefers to keep the details of her love life away from the media’s attention, and there’s only a single man whom she’s been with, who the public knows about.

Back in 1986, Carol began dating famous American actor and playwright Woodrow Tracy ‘Woody’ Harrelson; this was only a couple of months after he’d divorced his first wife Nancy Simon. Woody’s appeared in more than 100 movies and TV series, and is probably known best for his portrayal of Detective Marty Hart in the hit mystery crime series “True Detective”, which aired from 2014 to 2019 and won 35 awards, including five Primetime Emmys, while it was nominated for 93 other awards.

Carol and Woody were together for around two years, and could’ve been seen attending most of their red carpet events together during that time.

As of July 2022, Carol seems to be single, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.

Hobbies and interesting facts

Carol doesn’t like social media networks, and thus isn’t active on any; she claims to be ‘computer-illiterate’.

She’s a philanthropist and has donated quite an amount of money to various charity organizations, while she mostly donates to those working with underprivileged children.

Carol’s a lover of animals, and has had many pet cats and dogs.

She’s passionate about travelling, and has been all around the world for both work and pleasure, while her dream travel destination is Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Carol has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Anthony Hopkins, Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep, while a couple of her favorite movies include “Hannibal”, “Gran Torino” and “The Devil Wears Prada”.

Age, height and net worth

Carol’s age is 70. She has long black hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 2ins (1.6m) and she weighs around 110lbs (50kgs).

As of July 2022, Carol’s net worth is estimated at over $5 million.

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