Carroll Baker, captivated movie-going audiences in one of her first films, Giant and is remembered for her roles in The Big Country and The Carpetbaggers among many more. Her later screen work includes such films as Andy Warhol’s Bad, The Watcher in the Woods with Bette Davis, Star 80 with Mariel Hemingway, Ironweed with Jack Nicholson, and Kindergarten Cop with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Additionally, she has starred in three Broadway plays and is the author of three books, Baby Doll: An Autobiography, To Africa with Love and the novel, A Roman Tale. FLiFF will present Carroll with a Lifetime Achievement Award on November 4th.
Blanche Baker, earned an Emmy Award for her work in the television mini-series Holocaust. Her early film career include: Sixteen Candles, The Handmaid’s Tale, Shakedown, Raw Deal, Living Large, French Postcards and The Seduction Of Joe Tynan. She also previously won acclaim for her roles in the original Off Broadway productions of Steel Magnolias and Poor Little Lambs among others. On Broadway she played the title role in Edward Albee’s Lolita opposite Donald Sutherland. In 2011 Blanche co-wrote and starred in The Grand Theft and wrote two short films Yay, My Parents Are Gay and Sex and Honey . She recently played opposite Robert Loggia in The Life Zone and Kevin Bacon in the HBO film Taking Chance. Blanche also wrote and stars in Ruth Madoff Occupies Wall Street which will screen at FLiFF on November 3rd along with Hypothermia in which she stars opposite Michael Rooker.
On November 3, Carroll and Blanche will attend a 5:45PM wine reception at Seventh Street Wine Company. The event, in honor of Carroll Baker, will include a wine card plus hors d'oeuvres.
Tickets: $35 general admission / $30 FLiFF Members.
Venue: Seventh Street Wine Company, 701 S Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
After the reception at 8:45pm at Sunrise Civic Center theater, Blanche Baker will attend the screenings of Ruth Madoff Occupies Wall Street a short film in which Blanche stars and also wrote and the feature film also starring Blanche -- Hypothermia, a thriller about two families at the remote frozen lake who become prey to something that awakens under the ice.
Tickets are: $10 general admission / $8 Seniors & Students / $6 FLiFF Members.
Venue: Sunrise Civic Center Theater, 10610 W Oakland Park Blvd Sunrise, FL 33351
On November 4, 6:45pm at Cinema Paradiso, FLIFF will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Carroll Baker at a screening of the classic comedy But Not For Me also starring Clark Gable. The event includes a moderated Q&A with film historian, Foster Hirsch.
Tickets: $12 General Admission, $10 Seniors & Students, $8 FLiFF Members
Venue: Cinema Paradiso, 503 SE 6 Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
For more details and advance tickets: visit http://us.mg1.mail.yahoo.com/neo/www.FLiFF.com%20 or call 954-525-3456.
MORE ABOUT CARROLL BAKER
Carroll Baker captivated moviegoers in one of her first films, Giant, directed by George Stevens and co-starring James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson. However, prior to making movies she worked as a dancer and performed a magic act on the nightclub and stage circuit in Florida where she was even crowned Miss Florida Fruits and Vegetables! Wanting to expand her career beyond a magic act, Ms. Baker enrolled in the prestigious Actors Studio and gained the attention of stage and film producers.
She followed her work in Giant with Elia Kazan’s Baby Doll, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of the title character. Following her performances in Giant and Baby Doll, Ms. Baker won the Golden Globe Award as Most Promising Newcomer. She then went on to star in a variety of films including the delightful comedy, But Not for Me, co-starring Clark Gable. Of her work with Mr. Gable, Ms. Baker once said, “When he kissed me, they had to carry me off the set!”
Some of her other films include The Big Country, directed by William Wyler and co-starring Gregory Peck and Charlton Heston, The Carpetbaggers with Alan Ladd, which was the highest grossing film of 1964, John Ford’s Cheyenne Autumn with Richard Widmark and James Stewart, Harlow, in which she portrayed film legend Jean Harlow, Bridge to the Sun with James Shigeta, and the epic western How the West Was Won. While shooting the film Mister Moses with Robert Mitchum on location in Africa , she caught the eye of a Masai Chieftan who offered the studio 150 cows, 200 goats and sheep and $750 in trade for her, but no deal was made!
Her later screen work includes such films as Andy Warhol’s Bad, The Watcher in the Woods with Bette Davis, Star 80 with Mariel Hemingway, Ironweed with Jack Nicholson, and Kindergarten Cop with Arnold Schwarzenegger. In addition to her work in theatrical films, Ms. Baker has also appeared in a number of television movies, including the critically acclaimed Heart Full of Rain and on several television series. Additionally, she has starred in three Broadway plays and is the author of three books, Baby Doll: An Autobiography, To Africa with Love and the novel, A Roman Tale.
MORE ABOUT BLANCHE BAKER
Blanche Baker wrote and stars in Ruth Madoff Occupies Wall Street. In 2011 she also co-wrote and starred in The Grand Theft and wrote two short films Yay, My Parents Are Gay and Sex and Honey . She recently played opposite Michael Rooker in Hypothermia , Robert Loggia in The Life Zone and Kevin Bacon in the HBO film Taking Chance. Independent film credits include leading roles in Jersey Justice and The Girl Next Door .
Her recent theater work includes Christopher Durang’s The Vietnamization Of New Jersey at the Howard Clurman Theater. Ms. Baker began her stage career with the Yale Repertory Theatre, where she starred in The Wild Duck directed by Robert Brustein and White Marriage directed by Andrzej Wajda. She previously won acclaim for her roles in the original Off Broadway productions of Steel Magnolias and Poor Little Lambs among others. On Broadway she played the title role in Edward Albee’s Lolita opposite Donald Sutherland.
Her other feature films include Sixteen Candles, The Handmaid’s Tale, Shakedown, Raw Deal, Living Large, French Postcards and The Seduction Of Joe Tynan. On television, her numerous credits eventually earned her an Emmy Award for her work in the mini-series “Holocaust.”
2009-2011 Film Credits
“The Life Zone” Dr. Victoria Wise, Director – Rod Weber
"Hypothermia" Helen Pelletier, Director - James Felix McKenney
"Taking Chance" Chris Phelps, Director - Ross Katz
"Whisper Me A Lullaby" Aunt Jane, Director - Christinia Vinsick
“An Affirmative Act” Lori Belmont, Director – Jana Mattioli
Lead role in Independent film “The Girl Next Door” Director – Gregory Wilson
Cameo role in Independent Film “Fake” Director – Greg Friedle
Lead role in Independent film “Jersey Justice” Director – John Charles Hunt
Lead role in Independent film "Jackrabbit Sky" Director – Andrew Bergmann
Lead role in "The Vietnamization of New Jersey" The Beckett Theatre, NYC
Lead role in “Knowing Bliss” Teatro La Tea, NYC
Lead role in short film “The Rehearsal”
Lead role in short film "Science Fair"
Guest Spot on "Law and Order"
Voiceovers for Rand McNally and IBM Forward/View
National Print Ad for Verizon
Select Motion Pictures
Select Motion Pictures
"THE HANDMAID'S TALE" Ofglen, Director - Volker Schlondorf (Cinecom)
"SHAKEDOWN" Gail, Director - Jim Glickenhaus (Universal)
"RAW DEAL" Amy, Director - John Irvin (DeLaurentis)
"SIXTEEN CANDLES" Ginny, Director - John Hughes (Universal)
"THE SEDUCTION OF JOE TYNAN" Janet, Director - Jerry Schatzberg (Universal)
"LIVING LARGE" Kate, Director - Michael Shultz (Samuel Goldwyn)
"NOBODY'S CHILD" Shari, Director - Lee Grant (CBS-TV)
"THE DAY THE BUBBLE BURST" Jolan, Director - Joe Hardy (NBC-TV)
"HOLOCAUST" Anna, Director - Marvin Chomsky (NBC-TV)
Emmy Award (For Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series)
"IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT" Director - Reza Badiyi (NBC-TV)
"THE TRIALS OF ROSIE O'NEILL" Director - Sharon Miller (CBS-TV)
"DAVIS RULES" Director - James Widdows (CBS-TV)
"LAW AND ORDER" Director - Ed Sherin (NBC-TV)
"LOLITA" Lolita, Director - Frank Dunlop
"STEEL MAGNOLIAS" Shelby, Director - Pamela Berlin
"YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL" Prom Date, Director - Garland Wright
"HANNAH" Hannah, Director - Anna Sokolow
"POOR LITTLE LAMBS" Claire, Director - Jack Hofsiss
"THE WILD DUCK" Hedvig, Director - Robert Brustein
"WHITE MARRIAGE" Pauline, Director - Andrzej Wajda