Carolyn McCormick

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Carolyn McCormick
BornCarolyn Inez McCormick
(1959-09-19) September 19, 1959 (age 55)
Midland, Texas, United States
Years active1985–present
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Carolyn McCormick
BornCarolyn Inez McCormick
(1959-09-19) September 19, 1959 (age 55)
Midland, Texas, United States
Years active1985–present

Carolyn Inez McCormick (born September 19, 1959) is an American actress best known for her role as Dr. Elizabeth Olivet in the Law & Order franchise.

Life and career[edit]

McCormick was born in Midland, Texas to a father who owned an oil drilling company.[1] She graduated first in her class from The Kinkaid School, Houston, Texas, in 1977, and with honors from Williams College in 1981 with a B.F.A.. She also holds an M.F.A. from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. She has worked in television, movies, theatre, and voice acting. Her "break" into television was on Spenser: For Hire in the 1980s. She had appeared as the holodeck simulation Minuet in "11001001", a first-season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and later as Minuet Riker (Will Riker's wife) in a fantasy-alternate universe during the fourth-season episode "Future Imperfect". The role she would become best known for was on NBC network as Dr. Elizabeth Olivet on Law & Order, appearing in approximately half of the series episodes between 1994 to 2006. In 1997, she played the unhappy wife of a police psychiatrist played by Robert Pastorelli in the short-lived Americanized version of the British series Cracker.[2]

She also performs on stage. She appeared at the Off-Broadway Cherry Hill Theatre in Eve-olution with The Cosby Show star Sabrina Le Beauf in 2004. She has also appeared in Dinner with Friends, Oedipus, Ancestral Voices, The Donahue Sisters, Laureen's Whereabouts and In Perpetuity.[3] She played in the Broadway productions of The Dinner Party in 2001 as Mariette Levieux, Private Lives (standby) in 2002, and in Equus in 2008 as Dora Strang.[4] In 2012 she appeared opposite her husband, Byron Jennings, in the Off-Broadway production of Ten Chimneys.[5] She appears Off-Broadway in Will Eno's new play, The Open House in 2014.[6]


1985Enemy MineMorse
1986–1987Spenser: For HireAsst. Dist. Atty. Rita Fiore22 episodes[7]
1988–1990Star Trek: The Next GenerationMinuet Riker2 episodes
1991–2009Law & OrderDr. Elizabeth Olivet87 episodes (1991–1997, 1999, 2002–2010)
1994A Simple Twist of FateElaine McCann
1996Homicide: Life on the StreetLinda Mariner2 episodes
1997–1999CrackerJudith Fitzgerald16 episodes
1999You Know My NameZoe
1999–2001 & 2013Law & Order: Special Victims UnitDr. Elizabeth Olivet4 episodes
2000Deus ExAnna Navarre/Maggie Chow/Other female characters (voice)
2001Women DocsNarrator
2001–2004Judging AmyAAG Ellis Bonham3 episodes
2002Emmett's MarkMrs. Carlin
This Is Not a ChairMrs. Morrison
2005LoverboyRuth the Realtor
Law & Order: Trial by JuryDr. Elizabeth Olivet1 episode
2006Law & Order: Criminal IntentDr. Elizabeth Olivet1 episode
2008Nights in RodantheJenny
2009Whatever WorksJessica
The National Parks: America's Best IdeaVarious historical figures (voice)
The Hunger GamesAudiobook Narrator
Catching FireAudiobook Narrator
2010MockingjayAudiobook Narrator
True NatureBecky Pascal
Downtown ExpressMarie
One Life to LiveJudge Burdett3 episodes
2011Body of ProofGwen BaldwinEpisode: "Dead Man Walking"
2012The Dust BowlVoice of Caroline HendersonDirected by Ken Burns


  1. ^ Carolyn Mccormick Biography (1959-)
  2. ^ Official site
  3. ^ Gans, Andrew. " 'Eve-Olution' — with "Cosby" Star Le Beauf — to Close Dec. 12", December 8, 2004
  4. ^ "Broadway credits" Internet Broadway Database, accessed March 4, 2014
  5. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Byron Jennings and Carolyn McCormick Are The Lunts in Off-Broadway's Ten Chimneys, Opening Oct. 3", October 3, 2012
  6. ^ Murray, Matthew. "Off-Broadway Review. Open House ", March 3, 2014
  7. ^ McCormick's hair was bleached blonde for this role. She had been recruited to take over for Barbara Stock's character of Susan Silverman, Spenser's girlfriend in the stories. But this proved to be an unpopular decision, and Stock returned the very next season.

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