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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 28 May 1931Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Carroll Baker was born Karolina Piekarski on May 28, 1931 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the daughter of a traveling salesman. She attended community college for a year and then worked as a dancer and magician's assistant. After a brief marriage, she had a small part in Easy to Love (1953), did TV commercials, and had a bit part on Broadway. She studied at the Actors Studio and was married to director Jack Garfein (one daughter, Blanche Baker). Warner Brothers, sensing a future Marilyn Monroe, cast her in Giant (1956), Baby Doll (1956) (Oscar nomination for her thumb-sucking role), The Carpetbaggers (1964) and Harlow (1965) (title role). Moving to Italy, she made films there and in England, Germany, Mexico and Spain . After returning to American films, she married Donald Burton in 1982 and resided in Hampstead, London in the 1980s. They remained together until Burton's death from emphysema in their home in Cathedral City, California in 2007.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Spouse (3)

Donald Burton (10 March 1982 - 8 December 2007) (his death)
Jack Garfein (3 January 1955 - 13 August 1969) (divorced) (2 children)
Louie Ritter (January 1953 - 1953) (divorced)

Trade Mark (5)

Often plays brash, flamboyant women
Deep sultry voice
Platinum blonde hair
Sparkling blue eyes
Voluptuous figure

Trivia (21)

Miss Florida Fruits and Vegetables of 1949.
Her trouble with Warner Bros. continued when she declined to act in a series of movies based on books by pulp writer Erskine Caldwell. This led to her losing out on outside offers to do The Three Faces of Eve (1957) for 20th Century-Fox, and both Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) and The Brothers Karamazov (1958) for MGM.
When she refused to play a nymphomaniac in the trashy Too Much, Too Soon (1958), Warner Bros. refused to loan her out to appear opposite Laurence Olivier, Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas in The Devil's Disciple (1959).
While in Hollywood to test for Giant (1956), director Nicholas Ray met with her on James Dean's suggestion to discuss playing the role of Judy in Rebel Without a Cause (1955). Baker's new husband Jack Garfein insisted that she return to New York once the test was shot, and negotiations were broken off.
Though it may only be studio hype, in 1964 an African Masai chieftain reportedly was so fascinated by Baker that he offered 150 cows, 200 goats and sheep, and $750 for her while she was on location in Kenya for Mister Moses (1965).
She became a nightclub dancer to raise money for her tuition at the Actors Studio.
Received the National Arts Club Medal of Honor in New York City in 2009.
Received a career Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2011 Hoboken International Film Festival.
Visited USS Ticonderoga CV-14 with Bob Hope as part of his morale boosting visits for the soldiers, sailors and airmen during the Vietnam War in 1965.
Despite playing their daughter in Giant (1956), Baker was just 9 years younger than Rock Hudson and actually 9 months older than Elizabeth Taylor.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1725 Vine Street in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
She was awarded a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars on May 4, 2001.
Celebrity spokesperson of Foster Grant sunglasses during the 1960s.
Retired from acting in 2003 after 50 years in the motion picture industry.
Ms. Burton had spent much of her life from the late 1990s to 2007, caring for her third husband, who suffered from emphysema. She remained retired from acting since being widowed in 2007.
Currently living in London, England. [August 2010]
She has English and Polish ancestry.
Ex-mother-in-law of Bruce Van Dusen.
Gave birth to her second child, son Herschel David Garfein, in 1959. The child's father is Jack Garfein, who was her second husband.
Gave birth to her first child at age 25, daughter Blanche Joy Garfein (aka Blanche Baker) on December 20, 1956. The child's father is Jack Garfein, who was her second husband.
As of 2016 she is the 3rd earliest surviving recipient of a Best Actress Oscar nomination, behind only Olivia de Havilland and Leslie Caron. She was nominated in 1956 for Baby Doll (1956).

Personal Quotes (9)

When Clark Gable kissed me, they had to carry me off the set.
Bad directors are the ones who want to tell you every move, and think they're a better actor than you.
After Baby Doll (1956) I did some Westerns. I would try to do something so far away from "Baby Doll".
I was very young when I saw Gone with the Wind (1939), but I fell in love with Clark Gable. And when I got to work with him, I couldn't believe it. I still had a crush on him. He was quite an old man by then; he must have seen that I was head over heels, even though I was married.
The big one I missed out on was Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958). MGM wanted me for it, and Warner Bros. wouldn't give me permission to do it.
Life seems to be a never-ending series of survivals, doesn't it?
[Joseph E. Levine] behaved like he owned me. My husband thought it was all terrific as long as I kept bringing in the money. I started objecting to everything, but it was too late. The sex-symbol image had already started. I turned down parts and they blacklisted me. The press attacked me viciously at every opportunity. I came very close to suicide.
[on John Ford, with whom she worked on How the West Was Won (1962) and Cheyenne Autumn (1964)] I adored and admired "Pappy", and have been grateful forever to have been able to work with him-twice, the second time on "Cheyenne Autumn". Elia Kazan was, without a doubt, the best actor's director, but John Ford put "motion" in motion pictures. I learned more about the visual side of pictures from him--a very unique experience. No amount of time spent at the Actors Studio could have taught me nearly as much!
[on working with George Peppard in The Carpetbaggers (1964)] As I understand it, [he] later became a nice guy, a gentleman, but when we worked together back then, he was pretentious, egotistical, a brat, and an asshole--and that's just for starters! He pretended he was seven years younger than he was; he even claimed to be a bachelor and denied he was married--in front of me (I knew better), he denied their existence. The role of Jonas Cord in "The Carpetbaggers" really went to his big head. He acquired delusions of grandeur--thought he was God's gift to women and the movies! His attitude towards me was very bizarre--he acted as though we'd never met! Or that I had a husband! George asked not "if" but "when" we could be intimate together! He came to my house uninvited with an ultimatum--if I don't have an affair with him, he'll have an affair with Elizabeth Ashley! Can you believe this guy? He was totally jealous of any and all attention I received!

Salary (2)

Harlow (1965) $200,000
L'harem (1967) $60,000 + 50% of U.S. gross

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