Carol Lawrence defines the term “Triple Crown”. An actress, singer and dancer of the first magnitude, Ms. Lawrence created the role of “MARIA” in the Leonard Bernstein/Jerome Robbins Broadway classic, “WEST SIDE STORY”. Miss Lawrence went on to star in numerous other Broadway productions including: “SARATOGA”, “SUBWAYS ARE FOR SLEEPING”, “NIGHTLIFE”, “I DO, I DO”, and “KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN”. Lawrence has also starred in national tours of “FUNNY GIRL”, “THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN”, “THE SOUND OF MUSIC”, “SWEET CHARITY”, “NO, NO, NANETTE”, “WOMAN OF THE YEAR”, and “SUGAR BABIES”. It is easy to see why this Italian girl from Melrose Park, Illinois is well deserving of her star on the prestigious Hollywood Walk of Fame – the first recipient ever in the category of “Live Theatre”.
Carol received rave revues in Los Angeles productions of “Do I Hear A Waltz?,” “Follies,” and “Amy’s View,” for which she received The Los Angeles Drama Critics Award. Miss Lawrence also broke box office records for her stellar performance in the title role of “Mame”. Carol recently headlined both the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies, and the newly created Florida Follies.
As a regular on ABC’s General Hospital, Ms. Lawrence played the loving Italian matriarch “Angela Eckart”, and on “Touched by an Angel”, gave a heartwarming portrayal of a woman facing death. Carol has also played leading roles on “The Commish”, a dramatic Diva on “Murder She Wrote”. Other TV appearances include countless musical variety shows, guest roles on “Sex And The City”, “Lois and Clark”, “Murder One”, “The Championship Season”, “Matt Houston”, “Hotel”, “Love Boat”, and “Simon & Simon, just to name a few. She appeared most recently, as a recurring character on “Flipper”, shot in Australia. For three years, Carol hosted her own biweekly TV magazine/talk show, “The Carol Lawrence Show”, which she wrote and produced for the Trinity Broadcasting Network. The show’s theme song, “In His Spotlight”, set the stage for spotlighting celebrities, cooking, nutrition, fashion, exercise, children, music, and other topics.
By hosting five shows on the popular series “Chef du Jour” for the Food Network, Carol was able to share the secret recipes for her cookbook, “I Remember Pasta”, a Harvest House publication. In 1998, Carol set a new record for Cookbook sales on the Home Shopping Network. Hand in hand with her cookbook is Carol’s interest in fitness, nutrition, health and exercise. Her innovative aerobic/ dancercise video, “Broadway Body Workout” is set to Broadway music, and reflects her love of dance and fitness. Carol’s autobiography entitled “Carol Lawrence, The Backstage Story”, was released by McGraw-Hill.
Carol has performed with all the major symphonies throughout the United States and Canada and also spanned the globe entertaining on all the major cruise lines. Her concert act, a multimedia biographical show backed by a 12-piece orchestra, continues to dazzle crowds everywhere.
Carol has received both Tony and Grammy Award nominations and ovations, as well as numerous humanitarian awards including City of Hope’s “Woman of the Year”, and “The Spirit of Life Award”.
And of course, Carol’s award-winning, sassy and sophisticated television commercials for General Foods’ International Coffees are classic examples that the name Carol Lawrence is synonymous with good taste.
On October 18, 2009, she received a Lifetime Achievement award from The Licia Albanese/Puccinni Foudations, at Carnegie Hall, and hosted a salute to Peter Genaro at St Luke’s Theatre the next evening.
But her proudest achievements will always be her sons, Christopher and Michael Goulet.
Whether I was singing and dancing with Johnny Carson…or working in Vegas with George Burns…or warbling in a sarong with Bob Hope…or cheering for President Kennedy in the Oval Office, it’s been a delightful journey.
So, come and reminisce with me; and let’s catch up with where the road leads us!
More to come… Carol