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Janet Carroll Hollywoods most working Film, Television, Recording, and Stage star whose acting repertoire spans myriad roles in TV and feature films, was classically and theatrically trained in every area of performance art in her hometown of Chicago. In 20042005 she starred on Broadway creating the role of Aunt March in the new Musical Little Women.
Janets first feature film proved to be a big break playing Tom Cruises Mom in the classic, Risky Business. Many other features have shown her in a wide variety of roles including: Sidney Lumets Family Business with Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman and Matthew Broderick, The Killing Time with Kiefer Sutherland and Beau Bridges, Talent For The Game with Edward James Olmos and Lorraine Braccho, Memories Of Me with Alan King and Billy Crystal, Born To Be Wild with Peter Boyle and Alan Ruck, Destiny Turns On The Radio, with Quentin Tarrintino, James Belushi and Dylan McDermott, TimeMaster, The Platinum Triangle, and Secret Admirer with C. Thomas Howell, The Omega Code with Michael York, the Dreamworks hit Forces Of Nature in which Janet plays opposite Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock and Ugly Naked People with Henry Winkler. Janets 2002 released feature film All You Need won Best Picture in 5 Film Festivals and finds her in her most challenging film role thus far. The sympathetic heroine she portrays, Jane Sabistan is both a lovely and refined wife and mother suffering the torment of an uncontrollable debilitating disease. A performance not to be missed! Also, in 2002 Janet co-starred in Michael Apteds Enough! with Jennifer Lopez and Billy Campbell along with Changing Hearts with Lauren Holly, Faye Dunaway and Tom Skerritt. Recent films are The Marriage Undone, Sweet Little Lies, Living til the End, and Confession.
Janet has also played an incredible range of Television characters. For ten years she recurred simultaneously on Murphy Brown as Doris Dial, on Melrose Place as the troublesome Marian Shaw, on Married With Children as Als boss, Gary, the Comedy Channels, Frank Leaves For The Orient as Franks Mom, as Carroll Danzig on Bronx Zoo as Mrs. Halloway on FOXs Time Of Your Life and recurred on CBSs hit series Still Standing. As a series regular she was seen on The Bonnie Hunt Show as the dreaded Diane Fulton, on NBCs I Gave At The Office, CBSs Hat Squad, Showtimes The Boys, CBSs Double Dare and with Brad Pitt in Glory Days.
A few of her noted guest star appearances have been on Brothers & Sisters Scrubs Ally McBeal as Ellen Fish, Judging Amy, Beverly Hills 90210, Third Rock From The Suns 100th episode, 7th Heaven, Cupid, Mad About You, Touched By An Angel, The Norm Show, Maggie, Life Goes On, Pacific Blue, Golden Girls, Quantum Leap, Designing Women, Boy Meets World, Coach, L.A. Law, Matlock, 21 Jump Street, Cagney & Lacey, Knight Rider, Alice, Mary, The Twilight Zone, Hill Street Blues, and The Jeff Foxworthy Show. Current TV commercials include OutBack Steakhouse, 1st Gov. Gov., ING Financial, Diet Coke and the SAG Awarded Holiday Inn spots to name a few.
Janets television Movies-Of-The-Week credits include: ABCs Betrayed: A Story Of Three Women, Bluffing It, and Right Of The People,, NBCs Daughter of Privilege, and Good Enough To Win, CBSs Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story, Sharing Richard, When Hes Not A Stranger, One Special Victory, Getting Physical, and Chicago Story.
Janet won Los Angeles coveted DramaLogue Critics Award for Outstanding Achievement In Theatre as Klytemnestra in Ezra Pounds Elektra. She created the roles of Julia Rajik in Shadow of Heros at the St. Nicholas Theatre in Chicago, Dorothea in Nancy Shaynes musical comedy, Two Bitter Women In A Coffee Shop which was featured at HBOs Aspen Comedy Festival and Ensemble Studio in New York, directed by Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City) along with the roles of Mary in Louis LaRussos Sweatshop and in 2004 Margaret in D. Ferraras Sister Ediths Mission directed by stage and film veteran Billy Graham.
Janets musical stage career includes leading roles in Mame, Gypsy, Hello Dolly!, Guys & Dolls, Showboat, South Pacific, Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, West Side Story, Kismet, On A Clear Day, Carousel, The Sound Of Music, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Peter Pan, The Boyfriend, Annie Get Your Gun, My Fair Lady, and Funny Girl (just to name a few). Janet also appeared in eight major musicals every summer for five years at the legendary Kansas City Starlight Theatre. In addition, she is heard in innumerable Radio & TV voice-overs and seen in educational films, live convention, trade, and industrial shows and hosted her own Radio & TV Talk Shows.
In addition to her acting carreer, since 1982 Janet (accompanied by her seven piece swing, traditional, blues and jazz band) has performed at Jazz Festivals throughout the United States and Canada, such as Victoria and Vancouver Festivals in British Columbia, Monterey, Los Angeles Classic, Newport Beach, Catalina Island, New Orleans, along with concerts at USO Shows, the Palmer House in Chicago, the Fountainblue Hotel in Florida, Ritz Carton Hotels, the Biltmore Hotel, at the River Walk in San Antonio, Texas and many performing art centers. Janet was the recipient of the Best Vocalist Award from the Redding Jazz Festival and is given rave reviews by fans and critics across the county for her one-woman concerts and cabaret appearances. In 2004, she was the featured performer at the Porrath Foundation for Cancer Patient Advocacy Event tribute to film star Rhonda Fleming. She is currently in production on her fourth album/CD titled A Tribute To The Great Ladies of Song!. In January, 2005 she can be seen on Broadway co-starring in the new musical Little Women as Aunt March with Maureen McGovern and Sutton Foster at the Virginia Theatre.
For eight years she was the Artistic Director of The Jazz Series at The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, featuring great names in the jazz world and promising young artists. Janet is on the Executive Board of Directors of Ginny Mancinis Society of Singers and is the co-founder of The Victory Ball in Westport, CT annually benefiting the ALS Foundation (Lou Gehrigs Disease). Janet is a longstanding member of the Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of TV & Radio Artists, and Actors Equity Association.
Janet Carroll was the Best Entertainer at the Sacramento Jazz Festival......She tore the joint down! Herb Caen San Francisco Chronicle
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