With Hollywood being an entertainment industry that has been in existence for decades, it boasts of a number of veteran actors and actresses who have spent their entire lives as actors and actresses in the industry, leaving an indelible footprint for aspiring actors and actresses to look up to. One of them is Carol Kane, who stormed onto the limelight in the 70s and has remained in the industry actively since 1966.
Carol Kane’s body of work is an extensive filmography that cuts across stage plays, movies and TV shows with some significant performances in Hester Street, The Princess Bride, and Annie Hall.
There is plenty to know about the life and career of Carol Kane and you will learn all about it below.
Carol Kane Biography
Carol Kane is generally considered a New York actress but she was actually born in Cleveland, Ohio on the 18th of June, 1952 to parents Michael Kane and Joy Kane. Her mother, Joy was a dancer, singer, and pianist and she was raised in a Jewish family.
For her education, Carol attended Cherry Lawn School in Connecticut and Professional Children’s School in New York before studying Theatre at HB Studio.
It is safe to say that Carol developed her interest in performing arts through her mother and she made her own debut as a stage actress in 1966 via the stage play, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
Before she incorporated onscreen acting into her work, Carol Kane spent a considerable period of time working as a stage actress, starring in both Off-Broadway and Broadway plays like The Debutante Ball, Family Week, A Woman of Mystery, The Effect of Gamma Rays and several others.
Although she made the switch to onscreen acting in 1971, she has found time to star in stage plays during filming breaks, with her recent appearances in plays like Love, Loss, and What I Wore in 2010 and Harvey in 2012.
Carol Kane has a long body of work and some of them, like Annie Hall, The Princess Bride and Hester Street, have made it into the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry for their cultural and historical impacts.
Movies and TV Shows
Throughout her career, Carol Kane has starred in all three mediums of acting – stage, movies, and TV shows and but it is in the latter two that she has made the most impact. Although she started her professional acting career in 1966, she did not make an onscreen appearance until 1971, when she got her first credit as an unnamed character in Desperate Characters.
After she earned her first credit, it has been an endless series of appearances in one show or movie over the course of her career building a filmography with over 150 movies and tv shows.
Her first named character in a feature-length film was also in 1971 in the film, Carnal Knowledge, where she played a character named Jennifer. She has gone on to star in many popular and significant films like The World’s Greatest Lover, The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud, The Princess Bride, The Bounty Hunter, and many others.
In TV, Carol Kane has equally made plenty of appearances in many shows such as Two and a Half Men, Gotham, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Taxi, Chicago Hope and plenty more others.
Over the course of her career, her performances have earned her a number of awards and nominations, including an Academy Award nomination for her performance in Hester Street and Emmy Awards for her work in the show, Taxi. So far, Carol Kane has earned over nine award nominations and has won at least five of them.
Family – Husband
It may have seemed impossible decades ago but Carol Kane has never been married and neither does she have children. The veteran actress has spent over five decades in the industry as a professional actress and has only ever been known to date a single man, Woody Harrelson, whom she was romantically linked with in 1986.
Why Carol Kane has chosen to remain a single woman is anyone’s guess but she has so far lived an accomplished life, with the only recognizable deep personal relationship being one with her dog, Johnny and her mother.
Other Facts About Carol Kane
- She once appeared in a Chaka Khan music video, for the song ‘This is My Night’.
- Carol Kane is close friends with another veteran Hollywood actress, Diane Keaton and they have appeared in films like Annie Hall and The Lemon Sisters together.
- She is quite fluent in the French language.