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Overview (3)

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Birth NameCarolyn Laurie Kane
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Bio (1)

American stage, screen and television actress, and comedian Carol Kane (b. Carolyn Laurie Kane, June 18, 1952, in Cleveland, Ohio), was born to Elaine Joy (née Fetterman), a jazz singer and pianist, and Michael Myron Kane, an architect. Her family is Jewish (from Russia, Poland, and Austria). Due to her parents' divorce, Carol spent most of her childhood in boarding schools until 1965. She also attended Professional Children's School in Upper West Side New York, and made her professional theater debut in a 1966 production of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) starring Tammy Grimes. Kane, just 14 years old.

At 20 years old, Kane landed the lead role in William Fruets World War II film, Wedding in White (1972). Kane starred as Jeannie Dougall, a teenager whom after is raped is left with a moral dilemma when she discovers that the incident has left her pregnant. The actress received a surprise Academy Award nomination for her performance in the 1974 independent film, Hester Street (1975); Times of Israel describes Kane's character, Gitl, as "a straight-from-the-shtetl immigrant who, with her young son, joins her husband (Steven Keats) who is already halfway assimilated in New York's Lower East Side; the push and the pull between tradition and change drive the story to its bittersweet conclusion."

The following decade, from 1980-1983, she appeared on the television series Taxi (1978). Kane portrayed Simka Dahblitz-Gravas, wife of Latka Gravas (Andy Kaufman). She received two Emmy Awards, and a Golden Globe nomination for her work in the series. Over the years, Kane racked up tons of credits from Taxi and The Princess Bride (1987), to Scrooged (1988), and more recently, the Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015); the actress is making audiences laugh by playing Lillian Kaushtupper, in a recent interview, Kane described Lillian as "a hardworking landlady in Harlem who is very attached to the life in New York as she's known it."

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anthony Ronald Vario

Family (1)

Parents Kane, Elaine Joy
Kane, Michael Myron

Trade Mark (3)

Her small raspy voice
Curly hair and wide-eyed expression
Frequently plays the wife or mother of the protagonist

Trivia (26)

Rates Wedding in White (1972) and Hester Street (1975) as her two best films.
She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
Longtime close friend of Diane Keaton. They have appeared in three films together: Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976), Annie Hall (1977) and The Lemon Sisters (1989).
Besides Richard Belzer, she is the only other actor to play her Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) character (Gwen Munch) in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999).
Since 19-years-old she and Anjelica Huston have been close friends. Kane attended the 1992 wedding of Huston and Robert Graham (d. December 27, 2008). For unknown reasons, Kane replaced Judith Malina as Grandmama Addams for the The Addams Family (1991) sequel, Addams Family Values (1993) (both starring Huston as Morticia Addams).
In addition to appearing with Shelley Duvall in Annie Hall (1977), Kane has appeared in two of Duvall's made-for-TV productions: Faerie Tale Theatre: Sleeping Beauty (1983) and Tall Tales & Legends: Casey at the Bat (1986).
As of 2018 has been in two films nominated for Best Picture Oscar: Dog Day Afternoon (1975), and Annie Hall (1977).
Friend of Bette Davis. Davis once said she'd most like to see Kane portray her in a film biography. Kane portrayed Bette Davis in Craig Lucas' 2013 play, the Lying Lesson.
As of 2018, she has been in three films that were ranked as 'IMDB's Top Rated Movies': Dog Day Afternoon (1975) at #213, Annie Hall (1977) at #234, and Dog Day Afternoon (1975) at #248,.
In the 1988 American Christmas comedy, Scrooged (1988) , when Kane grabbed Bill Murray's lip, she did so with such force that it actually injured him, tearing his lip and halting production for a few days.
Recipient of the 2015 Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF) Visionary Award. WJFF founder and former director Aviva Kempner selected Kane for "expertly showcasing the Jewish experience on the silver screen".
Was the only Taxi (1978) cast member to attend Andy Kaufman's funeral.
A self-professed "Upper West Side gal". She grew up on West 68th Street in the Dorchester Towers, and bought her first studio apartment a block away for $25,000 in the '70s and still lives in the neighborhood.
Does not belong to any social media platforms, and has said that she is "computer-illiterate".
Before becoming an actress, as a "survival job", she worked for Backstage magazine putting mailers in envelopes, licking them closed, and putting stamps on them. She held the job even after she acted in The Last Detail (1973).
Member of the Screen Actors Guild American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG AFTRA) since the '70s. Has been a member since her first movie role, in the film Carnal Knowledge (1971).
Was the first and only choice to play Lillian on the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015). Tina Fey (the show's writer, alongside Robert Carlock) coached her personally for the role.
Quintessentially a New York actress. Since her theatrical debut in the 1966 production of the Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, has appeared on the New York Stage (both on and Off-Brodway). Plays include Beth Henley's Family Week and The Debutante Ball. She co-starred with Gena Rowlands's in the play A Woman of Mystery directed by John Cassavetes. At Lincoln Center for Joseph Papp her performances include The Tempest and Macbeth as well as plays at Mr. Papp's Public Theatre, including Wasp and Other Plays by Steve Martin. She starred alongside Shelley Winters on Broadway in The Effect of Gamma Rays, on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds.
Was directed by four Academy Award winners: Mike Nichols, Hal Ashby, Woody Allen, and Milos Forman.
Acted in four of the 250 top-US-grossing feature films released 1970-1979': The Muppet Movie (1979) at #39, Gross: $76.66M; Dog Day Afternoon (1975) #52, Gross: $50.00M; Annie Hall (1977) #80, Gross: $39.20M; Carnal Knowledge (1971) #119, Gross: $28.62M, and When a Stranger Calls (1979) #145, Gross: $21.41M.
Started her film career as an extra in the Walter Matthau film Plaza Suite (1971). Actress Lee Grant had a starring role in the film, who would later work with Kane in the uniquely dark film, The Mafu Cage (1978). Grant and Kane remain close friends.
Longtime friend of Mia Farrow.
Longtime friend of actress Gena Rowlands. Rowlands played Kane's mother in John Cassavetes 1987 play, "A Woman of Mystery".
She has appeared in five films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: Hester Street (1975), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Annie Hall (1977), The Muppet Movie (1979) and The Princess Bride (1987).
She is unmarried and she has no children.
Born on exactly the same date as Isabella Rossellini.

Personal Quotes (2)

[on working with Jack Nicholson] Jack prefers the actresses with whom he works to be on the short side. I wasn't tall, so I was immediately in. The reason for this is that he is no more than five foot seven or so himself. When he has no other choice but to play opposite a lanky actress, he will wear elevator shoes.
[on her reasons why she doesn't want to quit acting for another job] I don't put together cars, I put together people. It makes me happy to construct these people, to build another world. I feel happy and free and very consumed.

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