Carroll Baker

  • Birth Name: Karolina Piekarski
  • Birth Place: Johnstown, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Author
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Fast Facts

  • Was named Miss Florida Fruits and Vegetables in 1949.
  • Originally worked as a dancer and a magician's assistant.
  • Film debut was in Easy to Love in 1953.
  • Appeared on Broadway in All Summer Long in 1955, which led Elia Kazan and Tennessee Williams to cast her, instead of Marilyn Monroe, in the title role of Baby Doll.
  • Was a member of the famed Actors Studio.
  • Felt she was blacklisted by Hollywood in the late 1960s, so she moved to Italy and starred in numerous horror and exploitation flicks.
  • Made a comeback in the U.S. in 1977 by starring in Andy Warhol's Bad.
  • Prominent supporting roles in The Watcher in the Woods, Star 80 and Ironweed brought her back to acclaim in America during the 1980s.
  • Published Baby Doll: An Autobiography in 1983; also wrote the non-fiction To Africa With Love and the novel A Roman Tale.

Awards

  • 1956, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1957, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actress: Nominee
  • 1957, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1957, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actress: Winner

Relationships

  • William Watson Baker — Father
  • Virginia Baker — Sister
  • Louie Ritter — Ex-husband
  • Herschel Garfein — Son
  • Virginia Duffy Baker — Mother
  • Blanche Baker — Daughter
  • Jack Garfein — Ex-husband
  • Donald Burton — Husband (deceased)

College

  • Attended St. Petersburg Junior College, St. Petersburg, Florida, United States

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