Carol Kane
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Carol Kane
Carolyn Laurie "Carol" Kane is an American actress. Kane has worked on the stage, on the screen and in television. 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 the character played by Andy Kaufman, winning two Emmy Awards for her work.
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The Queer Icons Still With Us In 2017
Huffington Post - about 2 months
There’s an urban legend that the Stonewall riots happened because gays were so upset by the death of Judy Garland. That never understood that until 2016, when we were all devastated by the loss of one queer icon after another ― David Bowie, George Michael, Debbie Reynolds, Alexis Arquette and so many more. There was even a rumor John Waters was about to go ― turns out he was just celebrating Christmas by passing a kidney stone. So don’t worry, John’s fine. And so are a ton of fabulous queer icons who are not just still alive, but producing some amazing work. And not just just kidney stones. Whether they’re gay themselves, or allies, or somewhere in between, the LGBT community’s role models are particularly important, since we’re often rendered invisible or closeted. When you hardly ever see your community held up as aspirational, you learn to be protective of the ones who make it, like Wanda Sykes, or the allies who’ve stood by us, like Cyndi Lauper. A lot of ...
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Carol Kane says Gene Wilder gave her a second chance
Yahoo News - 6 months
LOS ANGELES (AP) — At age 23, Carol Kane was fresh off a Best Actress Oscar nomination with no prospects on the horizon. The phone hadn't rung for a year, she said. Then Gene Wilder called.
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Bill Pullman Honored at the New York Stage and Film Gala: It's Good to Be King
Huffington Post - over 1 year
On screen, Bill Pullman is that guy, rarely first choice for the girl, but you spend a lot of watching wondering exactly why not: see Sleepless in Seattle, or While You Were Sleeping; he comes late, back from the war, in the movie A League of Their Own, and Geena Davis leaves baseball for his shy winsome character. Perfect for the romantic comedy genre, Bill Pullman was also a brilliant fit for David Lynch in his Lost Highway, an observation made by Greil Marcus in his The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice, in which he could trace the American landscape across Bill Pullman's face: "I always saw something in his eyes," Marcus quotes Lynch, and it's that quality that makes him a tender American icon on film. And theater, too. Most memorable for me was seeing him in Edward Albee's Sylvia, or The Goat, in which he has to tell his wife that he is in love with another, eh, female, that is, eh, another species -- eh, a goat. Last week at the Plaza, in front of a cr ...
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The Most Beloved Quotes from 'The Princess Bride' on its 28th Anniversary
Huffington Post - over 1 year
On October 9, 1987, The Princess Bride debuted in theaters. Legendary scribe William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Marathon Man, All the President's Men) adapted the screenplay from his novel of the same name. It would take 14 years for the book to became a movie, but it was well worth the wait. Part comedy, part adventure, part fairy tale, part love story, director Rob Reiner assembled a dream team cast which included Billy Crystal, Mandy Patinkin, Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Carol Kane, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Fred Savage, Peter Falk, Mel Smith and André the Giant. Beloved by millions of fans (which includes Bill Clinton and and the late Pope John Paul II), the American Film Institute ranks The Princess Bride in the top 100 Greatest Love Stories. And the Writers Guild of America says that Goldman's script is one of greatest 100 screenplays of all time. Many people can quote every last line. And Cary Elwes who played the dashing Westley wrot ...
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As You Wish! 'The Princess Bride' Is Coming To The Stage
Huffington Post - over 3 years
As you wish! Beloved fairy tale turned cult rom com "The Princess Bride" is coming to the stage. Disney Theatrical Productions has announced plans to collaborate with William Goldman on a stage production based on his iconic 1973 novel. Describing it only as a "new theatrical work," the announcement left the book and film's many diehard fans to wonder whether or not the show will be a musical. To heighten the mystery, the creative team and timetable for the project have yet to be determined. "To now have a stage production of this film in development at Disney is honestly a dream come true," said Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn, who brokered the deal. The project is in no way related to the failed 2007 attempt at a musical adaptation. Although few details have been released about the specifics of the upcoming production, if it's anything like Rob Reiner's 1987 film adaptation, we're in very good shape. Starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Christopher Guest, F ...
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Tim Cummings' Passage to <em>The Normal Heart</em>
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Those who detect a thaw in the cold war between the New York and Los Angeles theatre worlds must be smoking something: just because Larry Kramer's Normal Heart has returned to Los Angeles after 16 years does not mean that the Coasts are viewing each other with any less suspicion. The tiny but much-lauded Fountain Theatre in L.A. is hosting, and New York-born and -bred Tim Cummings tackles the explosive lead character, Ned Weeks -- a thinly disguised fictional incarnation of the activist playwright, whose outrage fueled the emergence of the gay rights movement. I caught up with Cummings in between rehearsals at the Fountain and, although he belongs to that rare breed of actor who convincingly plays heroes and villains, sad-sacks and kings, romantic leads and slow-witted fishmongers, he exuded apprehension and awe at the immensity of this role. Earlier this year, Cummings stormed the stage at Disney Hall in the role of larger-than-life Ballets Russes genius Serge Diaghilev, backed b ...
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“Girls” recap: Picking up
Salon.com - almost 4 years
Can anything bad happen when Bob Balaban and Carol Kane show up? Is it humanly possible? It's certainly not dramatically possible — which is why, even though it seems at first that these titans have been cast into the rather luckless and confining roles of wacky mother and distant therapist, this episode may be one of the wisest, and — in terms of Lena Dunham's goal to actually replicate this slice of generational functionality now — the most effective. Adam! Adam Adam Adam! There's Adam! Thank God! I am always terrified we will lose Adam! There he is, lying on his customary bed. And even though it's the same apartment where he and Hannah first had their unbearable and bizarre couplings, it now look like an entirely different, even warm, apartment — what Freud (there is a therapist!) might term heimlich. It's a common but surprising shift: the one that occurs between when you first see a place and you know it. Speaking of the changing spaces, Hannah, now one month out from Adam (we l ...
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Sting's Daughter Makes Off-Broadway Debut
Huffington Post - about 4 years
NEW YORK — Sting's daughter Mickey Sumner has signed up to make her off-Broadway debut in Craig Lucas's new comedy "The Lying Lesson." The Atlantic Theater Company said Tuesday that Sumner, whose credits also include the new Noah Baumbach film "Frances Ha," will star opposite Carol Kane in the comic thriller. Kane plays a woman who may or may not be legendary screen star Bette Davis and Sumner will portray a woman who tries to discover her true identity. Previews begin Feb. 20 with an opening set for March 13. Tony Award-nominated director Pam MacKinnon will replace Anna D. Shapiro as the play's director. Sumner, whose mother is Trudie Styler, made her New York stage debut in a Culture Project workshop of "The Seagull" and is featured in the Showtime series "The Borgias."
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Tom Gerdy: A Politician's Christmas Carol
Huffington Post - about 4 years
December 19, 1843, was a big day for Charles Dickens. He didn't realize at the time how big a day it was. On that day, his now-famous classic Christmas tale was published. I am certain that he had no idea that more than a century and a half later, every December, A Christmas Carol would again be retold in various ways. However the story is rescripted or recast, the tale and the lessons taught are still the same. I must admit that every year, I have to watch the updated version of the wonderful adaptation of Dickens' book called Scrooged With Bill Murray playing a modern Ebenezer Scrooge. I eagerly await the scene every year when Carol Kane, the Ghost of Christmas Present yells, "It's a toaster!" I also get a bit emotional when Bill Murray tells the audience that it's not too late and leads everyone in "Put a Little Love in Your Heart." Chuck (his close friends called him Chuck) Dickens established very early in the original story that the main character, Ebenezer Scroo ...
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Regina Weinreich: Inventing David Geffen on PBS: What Am I Gonna Do With Cher?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
David Geffen is so funny, sharing anecdotes featuring a Who's Who in music and movies for the two-hour PBS documentary, Inventing David Geffen, you would never know that he actually dislikes public speaking. A self-proclaimed dummy in his Brooklyn elementary school, by 1976 he had sold several companies and had amassed a billion dollars. As he says at the Rock &amp; Roll Hall of Fame dinner upon receiving an award, "I never thought I would get one of these. I have no talent." And yet interviews with those who have worked with this mogul in the entertainment industry -- Barry Diller, Clive Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Mike Nichols, Jann Wenner, Elton John, Lorne Michaels, among many others -- attest otherwise: all seem to agree, the man has chutzpah. Which alone would not make David Geffen the first guy you'd think of for the prestigious American Masters series on PBS. But Susan Lacy, its executive director, who wrote, produced and directed thi ...
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'Princess Bride' Cast Reuniting
Huffington Post - over 4 years
As you wish: The Film Society of Lincoln Center officially announced on Monday that the "Princess Bride" will screen at this year's New York Film Festival to celebrate the film's 25th anniversary. The 1987 classic will screen in what the Film Society of Lincoln Center calls a "newly struck and pristine 35mm print." After the movie, cast members Billy Crystal, Cary Elwes, Carol Kane, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon and Robin Wright will join director Rob Reiner for a Q&amp;A and discussion. Written by acclaimed screenwriter William Goldman (and based on his book of the same name), "The Princess Bride" has withstood the test of time and remains a beloved variation on the big-screen fairytale. Last year, director Jason Reitman staged a live read of the "Princess Bride" script, with Mindy Kaling playing the role of Princess Buttercup (originally portrayed by Wright) and Paul Rudd as Westley (originally played by Elwes). Elwes, in a cheeky casting decision, lent his voice to t ...
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ArtsBeat: World Premiere by Craig Lucas Added to Atlantic Theater Company Season
NYTimes - over 4 years
"The Lying Lesson," starring Carol Kane, is scheduled to open on Feb. 27, 2013.
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Wendy Widom: Why Sleepwalk With Me Is a Woman's Worst Nightmare
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Friday was a wild day. In the morning, I participated in a passionate HuffPost Live conversation about race and the GOP, where I was the only white person who didn't say, "I have a black friend so I'm not racist." Seeking solace and camaraderie among my left-leaning brethren, I attended a Chicago screening of Sleepwalk With Me in the evening, a movie that is, um, how can I put this nicely, a modern woman's worst nightmare. When the media's finest -- Ira Glass and Chicago public radio station WBEZ among them -- produce a film like this, one that is so incredibly gender biased, I just have to ask: Has the world -- or at least our tiny corner of it -- gone totally batshit crazy? The movie stars Mike Birbiglia as Matt, another lost and supposed-to-be-endearing guy who can't get his act together professionally or personally. And I mean "act" literally, as he's muddling his way through a career in stand-up comedy. Portions of the screenplay were adapted from Birbiglia's stand-up ...
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Jewish Celebs Hobnob with Republicans
Forward - over 4 years
It seems that Obama has no shortage of Jewish celeb supporters such as Tory Burch, Jesse Eisenberg and Ben Stiller, to name a few. But Jewish celebs have been showing up at the Republican National Convention. As the RNC wraps up, some familiar names have surfaced: Rockstar Rabbi Meir Soloveichik was asked to deliver the opening night invocation of the convention on Tuesday. Comedian Andy Kindler has been working as a correspondent for David Letterman at this week’s convention. Geraldo Rivera interviewed the gospel quartet, The Oak Ridge Boys. And Sex and the City actor Evan Handler, who said he ‘despises’ Republicans, was there with Carol Kane and Rachel Harris to support the non-partisan group, ‘The Creative Coalition.’ Will Romney be able to schmooze his way into getting more support from the Jewish faction? Maybe these Jewish celebs will grease the wheel. Click here for the rest of the article...
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Mike Birbiglia Brings Sundance Award Winning 'Sleepwalk With Me' to Area Theaters
Burke Patch - over 4 years
Those who live in the Washington area can rightly claim Mike Birbiglia as their own.  He was inspired to take up stand-up comedy while studying screenwriting at Georgetown University.  He has risen to the top of his career, selling out shows all over the globe, and releasing numerous successful recordings. Now, the feature film adaptation of his critically-acclaimed one-man show, "Sleepwalk With Me", which won this year's Best of Next award at Sundance Film Festival, is coming to a limited number of big screens near us.   The movie is the true story of how Birbiglia discovers he has rapid eye movement behavior disorder — a serious and rare type of sleepwalking — how he deals with it, his romantic relationship of eight years, and the challenges of building a stand-up comedy career.  Ira Glass produces the film.   Cinema Siren sat down with Mike and talked about how he has built his career, “Sleepwalk With Me,” why doing stand-up never stops being terrifying and what he has plan ...
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Regina Weinreich: I'll Have What She's Having: Nora Ephron Remembered
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"Hey Meg-a-la," shouted Rosie O'Donnell, trying to get Meg Ryan's attention at, yikes, Alice Tully Hall, just after the memorial tribute to writer, director Nora Ephron. Gathering in the lobby for pink champagne, the crowd looked like a who's who of film, theater, and media: Bette Midler, Charlie Rose, Matthew Broderick, Rob Reiner, Larry David, Annette Bening, Lauren Bacall, Jon Hamm, Mike Nichols, to skim the surface of a very long list, including too Jenny Allen, Halley Feiffer, and Ilene Beckermann, writer of the book on which Love, Loss, and What I Wore was based. And then of course her husband Nick Pileggi, and ex-husband Carl Bernstein; marriage to him was the basis of her novel, Heartburn. The book was so popular, even Paul Bowles living in Tangier wrote to me about how it made him laugh. Carol Kane chatted with Meryl Streep, Rita Wilson remembered Nora attending a show of Rita singing rock in May, maybe the last public appearance before Ephron, below the radar of ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Carol Kane
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  • 2015
    Age 62
    In 2015, she was cast as Lillian, the landlord to the title character, on the Netflix original series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
    More Details Hide Details Kane also appeared in The Last Detail (1973), The World's Greatest Lover (1977), "Norman Loves Rose" (1982), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), The Princess Bride (1987) "Flashback" (1989) with Dennis Hopper, and Scrooged (1988), in which Variety called her "unquestionably the pic's comic highlight."
  • 2014
    Age 61
    Then, in 2014, Kane had a recurring role in the TV series Gotham as Gertrude Kapelput, Oswald Cobblepot's (Penguin's) mother.
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  • 2013
    Age 60
    Kane returned to the Broadway company of Wicked from July 1, 2013, through February 22, 2014.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2011
    Age 58
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She starred alongside Keira Knightley, Elisabeth Moss and Ellen Burstyn. In May 2012, Kane appeared on Broadway as Betty Chumley in a revival of the play Harvey.
  • 2009
    Age 56
    She ended her limited engagement on March 22, 2009.
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    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.
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  • 2007
    Age 54
    She left the production on December 30, 2007, and later returned from August 26, 2008 until the production closed on January 11, 2009.
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    She again played the role for the Los Angeles production which began performances on February 7, 2007.
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  • 2006
    Age 53
    She then reprised the role in the Broadway production from January 10 through November 12, 2006.
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  • 2005
    Age 52
    Kane made her Wicked debut on the 1st National Tour, playing the role from March 9 through December 19, 2005.
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    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 2014.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1999
    Age 46
    In 1999 she made a cameo on the movie Man On The Moon as her character she played on Taxi.
    More Details Hide Details Kane was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film Hester Street. She starred in the off-Broadway play Love, Loss, and What I Wore in February 2010.
  • 1998
    Age 45
    In 1998, she played Mother Duck on the cartoon movie The First Snow of Winter.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1986
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Carol Kane also appeared in an episode of Tales From the Crypt called "Judy, You're Not Yourself Today". 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. In March 2010, Kane appeared in the TV series Ugly Betty as Justin Suarez's acting teacher.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1981
    Age 28
    Kane portrayed Simka Dahblitz-Gravas, wife of Latka Gravas (Andy Kaufman), on the American television series Taxi, from 1981 to 1983.
    More Details Hide Details Kane earned two Emmy Awards for her work in the series.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1966
    Age 13
    She also went to 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.
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  • 1965
    Age 12
    She attended the Cherry Lawn School, a progressive boarding school in Darien, Connecticut, until 1965.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1952
    Born
    Born in 1952.
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