Carol Kane

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Carol Kane
BornCarolyn Laurie Kane
(1952-06-18) June 18, 1952 (age 62)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Years active1971–present
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Carol Kane
BornCarolyn Laurie Kane
(1952-06-18) June 18, 1952 (age 62)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Years active1971–present

Carolyn Laurie "Carol" Kane (born June 18, 1952) is an American stage, screen, and television actress. She became known in the 1970s in films such as Hester Street (for which she received an Academy Award nomination) and Annie Hall. She appeared on the television series Taxi in the early 1980s, as the wife of Latka, the character played by Andy Kaufman, winning two Emmy Awards for her work. She has played the character of Madame Morrible in the musical Wicked, both in regional productions and on Broadway from 2005 to 2014.

Early life[edit]

Kane was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Joy, a jazz singer, teacher, dancer, and pianist, and Michael Kane, an architect who worked for the World Bank.[1] Her family is Jewish, and her grandparents emigrated from Russia.[2] Her parents divorced when she was 12 years old.[3] She attended the Cherry Lawn School, a progressive boarding school in Darien, Connecticut, until 1965.[4][5] She attended the Professional Children's School, in New York City, and made her professional theatre debut in a 1966 production of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, starring Tammy Grimes.[6]


Kane is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Simka Dahblitz-Gravas, wife of Latka Gravas (Andy Kaufman), on the American television series Taxi, from 1981 to 1983, and also for her role as Allison Portchnik in Woody Allen's Annie Hall. Kane earned two Emmy Awards for her work in the series and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film Hester Street. She also appeared in Dog Day Afternoon (1975), The Princess Bride (1987) and Scrooged (1988), in which Variety called her "unquestionably [the] pic's comic highlight."[7]

Kane was a regular on the 1986 NBC series All Is Forgiven, a regular on the 1990–91 NBC series American Dreamer, guest-starred on a 1994 episode of Seinfeld and had a supporting role in the short-lived 1996–97 sitcom Pearl, which starred Rhea Perlman. In 1998, she played Mother Duck on the cartoon movie The First Snow of Winter. She also appeared in the NBC television live action production of The Year Without a Santa Claus in December 2006.

In January 2009, Kane appeared in the TV series Two and a Half Men as the mother of Alan Harper's receptionist.[8]

She starred in the off-Broadway play Love, Loss, and What I Wore in February 2010.[9]

In March 2010, Kane appeared in the TV series Ugly Betty as Justin Suarez's acting teacher.

Kane made her West End debut in January 2011 in a major revival of Lillian Hellman's drama The Children's Hour, at London's Comedy Theatre. She stars alongside Keira Knightley, Elisabeth Moss and Ellen Burstyn.[10]

In May 2012, Kane is appearing on Broadway as Betty Chumley in a revival of the play Harvey.


Kane is known for her portrayal of the evil headmistress Madame Morrible in the Broadway musical Wicked, whom she played in various productions from 2005 to 2009.

Kane made her Wicked debut on the 1st National Tour, playing the role from March 9 through December 19, 2005. She then reprised the role in the Broadway production from January 10 through November 12, 2006. She again played the role for the Los Angeles production which began performances on February 7, 2007. She left the production on December 30, 2007, and later returned from August 26, 2008 until the production closed on January 11, 2009.

She then transferred with the L.A. company, to play the role once again, in the San Francisco production which began performances January 27, 2009.[11] She ended her limited engagement on March 22, 2009.[12] Kane returned to the Broadway company of Wicked from July 1, 2013 through February 22, 2014.[13]


Film & television
1971Carnal KnowledgeJennifer
1971Desperate CharactersYoung Girl
1972Wedding in WhiteJeannie Dougall
1972...and Hope to Die (a.k.a. La course du lièvre à travers les champs)Her scenes were cut from the finished film.[14]
1973The Last DetailYoung Whore
1974We, the WomanSusannah WhiteTelevision film
1975Hester StreetGitl— Nominated: Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role (1976)
1975Dog Day AfternoonJenny
1976Harry and Walter Go to New YorkFlorence
1977Annie HallAllison
1977The World's Greatest LoverAnnie Hickman
1978VisionsEpisode: "Fans of the Kosko Show"
1978The Mafu CageCissy
1979The Muppet MovieMyth
1979When a Stranger CallsJill Johnson
1979La SabinaDaisy
1980The Greatest Man in the WorldAprilTelevision film
1978–1981Great PerformancesEliza Southgate; Frances LoomisEpisodes: "Out of Our Father's House"; "The Girls in Their Summer Dresses and Other Stories"
1981Les jeux de la Comtesse Dolingen de GratzLouise Haines-Pearson
1981Strong Medicine
1982Norman Loves RoseRose— Nominated: AFI Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
1982Laverne & ShirleyOlgaEpisode: "Jinxed"
1983An Invasion of PrivacyIlene CohenTelevision film
1983American PlayhouseLaviniaEpisode: "Keeping On"
1980–1983TaxiSimka Dahblitz-Gravas23 episodes
Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (1982)
Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy, Variety or Music Series
Medallion Award (2007; shared with Danny DeVito, Jeff Conaway, Tony Danza, Judd Hirsch, James L. Brooks and Randall Carver)
— Nominated: Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV (1983)
— Nominated: TV Land Award for Most Wonderful Wedding (2006; shared with Andy Kaufman)
1983Faerie Tale TheatreThe 'Good' Fairy"Sleeping Beauty"
1983Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?"Customer at Cafe
1984The Secret Diary of Sigmund FreudMartha Bernays
1984Over the Brooklyn BridgeCheryl
1984Racing with the MoonAnnie the Hooker
1984Burning RageMary HarwoodTelevision film
1984CheersAmanda BoyerEpiosde: "A Ditch in Time"
1984Terror in the Aisles
1985Tales from the DarksideAnne MacCollEpisode: "Snip, Snip"
1985Crazy Like a FoxEpisode: "Bum Tip"
1985Transylvania 6-5000Lupi
1986Tall Tales & LegendsBarbaraEpisode: "Casey at the Bat"
1986All is ForgivenNicolette Bingham9 episodes
1986Jumpin' Jack FlashCynthia
1987Paul Reiser Out on a WhimFortune TellerTelevision film
1987The Princess BrideValerie
1988Drop-Out MotherMaxineTelevision film
1988Rap Master Ronnie: A Report CardTelevision film
1988Sticky FingersKitty
1988License to DriveMrs. Anderson
1988ScroogedGhost of Christmas Present
1990The Lemon SistersFranki D'Angelo
1990Joe Versus the VolcanoHairdresserCameo; credited as Lisa LeBlanc
1990Tales from the CryptJudyEpisode: "Judy, You're Not Yourself Today"
1990My Blue HeavenShaldeen
1990Tiny Toon AdventuresOllieEpisode "A Quack in the Quarks"
1990–1991American DreamerLillian Abernathy17 episode
1991Ted & VenusColette
1992SibsEpisodes: "The Crash: Part 1", "The Crash: Part 2"
1992In the SoupBarbara
1991–1992Brooklyn BridgeAunt Sylvia5 episodes
1992The Ray Bradbury TheaterPollyEpisode: "Tomorrow's Child"
1992Baby on BoardMaria
1992The Real Story of Here Comes the BrideMargaret MouseVoice
1993When a Stranger Calls BackJill JohnsonTelevision film
1993TriBeCaAmandaEpisode: "Stepping Back"
1993Even Cowgirls Get the BluesCarla
1993Eligible DentistTelevision film
1993Addams Family ValuesGrandmama Addams
1994SeinfeldCorinneEpisode: "The Marine Biologist"
1994AladdinBrawnhildaEpisodes: "Stinkerbelle", "Smells Like Trouble"
1994Empty NestShelbyEpisode: "The Courtship of Carol's Father"
1995The CrazysitterTreva Van Arsdale
1995A.J.'s Time TravelersEmily RoeblingEpisode: "Brooklyn Bridge"
1995Dad, the Angel & MeThe AngelTelevision film
1995NapoleonSpiderVoice; English version
1995Freaky FridayLeanne FuttermanTelevision film
1995Chicago HopeMarguerite BirchEpisode: "Stand"
Nominated: Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (1986)
1995Theodore RexMolly RexVoice; direct-to-video
1996Big BullyFaith
1996EllenLily PenneyEpisode: "A Penney Saved"
1996Sunset ParkMona
1996The PallbearerMrs. Thompson
1996Trees LoungeConnie
1996American StraysHelen
1997Gone Fishin'Donna Waters
1996–1997PearlAnnie Caraldo22 episodes
1997Office KillerDorine Douglas
1997Hey Arnold!Emily Dickinson TrophyEpiosde: "Freeze Frame/Phoebe Cheats"
1997The Tony Danza ShowSimka GravaasEpisode: "The Milk Run"
1997Homicide: Life on the StreetGwen MunchEpisode: "All Is Bright"
1997Merry Christmas, George BaileyCousin Tilly/Mrs.HatchTelevision film
1998The First Seven YearsMrs. FeldTelevision short
1998Adventures from the Book of VirtuesThe BeetleVoice; episode: "Patience"
1998NoddyTooth FairyEpisode: "The Tooth Fairy"[15]
1999JawbreakerMs. Sherwood
1999Noah's ArkSarahTelevision film
1999Blue's Big Treasure HuntLittle Miss MuffetVoice
1999Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonaldOrg's MomVoice; video short
1999Blue's Big Tresure Huntlittle Miss MuffetVoice
1999Man on the MoonHerself/Simka Dahblitz
2000The Office PartyLindaShort
1999–2000Beggars and ChoosersLydia Luddin3 episodes
2000The Tic CodeMiss Gimpole
2000As Told by GingerMaudeEpisodes: "I Spy a Witch"; "Carl and Maude"
2001D.C. SmallsMomShort
2001My First MisterMrs. Benson
2001The Shrink Is InDr. Louise Rosenberg
2001Tomorrow by MidnightOfficer Garfield
2001Family GuyCarolEpisode: "Emission Impossible"
2002That's LifeGloriaEpisode: "Baum's Thesis"
2002The GrubbsSophie GrubbEpisode: "Pilot"
2002Love in the Time of MoneyJoey
2003CosmopolitanMrs. ShawReleased theatrically in 2003
Televised on Independent Lens on PBS in 2004
2003Audrey's RainMissy FlandersTelevision film
2004Confessions of a Teenage Drama QueenMiss Baggoli
2004Hope & FaithCornelia RackettEpisode: "Faith Scare-Field"
2005The PacifierHelga
2005The Civilization of Maxwell BrightTemple
2005The Grim Adventures of Billy & MandyMrs. ClausEpisode: "Billy and Mandy Save Christmas"
2005The Happy ElfGildaVoice
2006The Year Without a Santa ClausMother NatureTelevision film; cameo
2008Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious FiveSheepVoice
2008Four ChristmasesAunt SarahUncredited
2009Two and a Half MenShellyEpisodes: "Thank God for Scoliosis"; "David Copperfield Slipped Me a Roofie"
2009, 2013Law & Order: Special Victims UnitGwen MunchEpisodes: "Zebras", "Wonderland Story"
2009MonkJoyEpisode: "Mr. Monk Is the Best Man"
2010Ugly BettyLena KorvinkaEpisode: "All the World's a Stage"
2010The Bounty HunterDawn
2010My Girlfriend's BoyfriendBarbara
2010Pete Smalls Is DeadLandlady
2011The Key ManMarsha
2011Phineas and FerbNana ShapiroVoice; episode: "Lotsa Latkes"
2012Sleepwalk with MeLinda Pandamiglio
2012Should've Been RomeoRuth
2012Thanks for SharingRoberta
2012Emoticon ;)Hannah Song
2013ClutterLinda Bradford
2013GirlsClorisEpisode: "It's Back"
2013Anger Management (TV series)CarolEpisode: "Charlie and His New Friend with Benefits"
2014Gotham (TV series)Gertrud Kapelput

Other works[edit]


  1. ^ "Carol Kane Biography (1952–)", accessed August 27, 2011
  2. ^ Archived September 27, 2007 at the Wayback Machine[dead link]
  3. ^ Archived September 27, 2007 at the Wayback Machine[dead link]
  4. ^ "Cherry Lawn School, Class of 1965", accessed August 27, 2011
  5. ^ "Cherry Lawn School Photo Of The Month, October 1999", accessed August 27, 2011
  6. ^ "Carol Kane Biography" YahooMovies, accessed August 27, 2011
  7. ^ "Scrooged" Variety (requires registration), retrieved August 27, 2011
  8. ^ Two and a Half Men: Thank God for Scoliosis Season 6", accessed August 27, 2011
  9. ^ BWW News Desk." 'Love, Loss And What I Wore' Welcomes Comedic New Cast; Janeane Garofalo, Carol Kane & More Bow 2/3", December 10, 2009
  10. ^ Shenton, Mark.Ellen Burstyn and Carol Kane Join Cast of West End's Children's Hour, November 19, 2010
  11. ^ Dan Bacalzo (December 16, 2008). "Garrison, Kane, Kassebaum, Wicks Set for San Francisco Wicked". 
  12. ^ Andrew Gans (March 2, 2009). "Academy Award Winner Duke to Join Cast of San Fran's Wicked". 
  13. ^ "Broadway's Wicked Will Welcome Carol Kane and Michael Wartella". June 21, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  14. ^ Becker, Frawley (2004). And The Stars Spoke Back: A Dialogue Coach Remembers Hollywood Players Of The Sixties In Paris. Scarecrow Press. pp. 188, 199. ISBN 9780810851573. 
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