Friday, March 5, 2010

Carol Baker 1965

Carol Baker 1965, originally uploaded by TiptopSteve.

Carroll Baker, born May 28, 1931, is an American actress who has enjoyed popularity as both a serious dramatic actress and, in the 1960s, a movie sex symbol. Despite being cast in a wide range of roles during her heyday, Baker's beautiful features, blonde hair, and distinctive drawl made her memorable in roles as a brash, flamboyant woman.

But in the eighties Baker moved into character roles playing the mother of Dorothy Stratten in Star 80 and Jack Nicholson's wife in Ironweed. In 1990 she played a villainess in the Arnold Schwarzenegger film Kindergarten Cop.

Baker has also been featured in documentaries on several of her co-stars, including Clark Gable, Roger Moore, Sal Mineo, and James Dean, including the 1975 James Dean: The First American Teenager. Also she appeared in the documentary Cinerama Adventure released along with the restored How the West Was Won in 2008.

Baker has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1725 Vine Street. She has written three books: Baby Doll, An Autobiography, published in 1983, plus A Roman Tale and To Africa, With Love, both in 1985.

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