Carol Lawrence

For the voice-over actress, see Carolyn Lawrence.
Carol Lawrence

Lawrence in a scene of General Electric Theater
Born Carolina Maria Laraia
(1932-09-05) September 5, 1932
Melrose Park, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1952-present
Spouse(s) Cosmo Allegretti
(1956-1959; divorced)
Robert Goulet
(1963-1981; divorced)
John Gregory Guydus
(1982-1983; divorced)
Children Christopher Goulet (b. 1964)
Michael Goulet (b. 1966)

Carol Lawrence (born September 5, 1932) is an American actress, most often associated with musical theatre, but who has also appeared extensively on television.


Early years

Born Carolina Maria Laraia [1] in Melrose Park, Illinois, her parents were of Italian ancestry. Her father was born in Trivigno, province of Potenza and her maternal family came from the same town.[2] She spent one year at Northwestern University[3] and then left to pursue her career.


Lawrence made her Broadway debut in 1952, in Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1952.[4] She achieved success in the role of Maria in the original Broadway production of West Side Story in 1957,[4] and received a nomination for Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for this role.[4] She played the role for two years, and after an appearance in the short-lived show Saratoga in 1959[4] she returned to West Side Story for its 1960 season. Among her other Broadway successes were I Do! I Do! (replacement "She/Agnes", 1967) and Kiss of the Spider Woman (1992-93, replacement Spider Woman/Aurora).[3][4]

She played several roles at The Muny in St. Louis, the largest outdoor theater in the U.S., including Fanny Brice in Funny Girl (1975),[5] Charity in Sweet Charity (1977), and Lucille Early in No, No, Nanette (1990). Among her other musical theatre parts are the title role in Mame (2000 at the Helen Hayes Center for Performing Arts in Nyack, New York)[6] Guenevere in Camelot (opposite husband Robert Goulet),[3] Do I Hear a Waltz at the Pasadena Playhouse (2001)[7] and Follies at the Wadsworth Theatre in Los Angeles in 2002.[8]

Her television performances include guest roles in Breaking Point (as Evelyn Denner in the 1963 episode entitled "There Are the Hip, and There Are the Square"), Rawhide, Combat!, Wagon Train, The Fugitive, Hawaii 5-0, Marcus Welby, M.D., Medical Center, Kung Fu, Mannix, Murder She Wrote, Saved by the Bell, and Sex and the City.[9]

In 1992-93, she played the role of matriarch Angela Eckart on General Hospital.[9] She hosted five shows of Chef du Jour for the Food Network, cooking from her own cookbook, I Remember Pasta, and setting a record for cookbook sales on the Home Shopping Network.[9]

In 1999, she appeared in the television movie remake of Jason Miller's That Championship Season in a cameo role as "Claire's mother" (Vincent D'Onofrio's mother-in-law), a role written into the film specifically for her.[10] In 2013, she appeared Off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre Downstairs in Jason Odell Williams's play, Handle with Care.[11]

Lawrence has written her autobiography, with Phyllis Hobe, in a book titled Carol Lawrence: the backstage story, published in 1990.[12]


Personal life

Lawrence has been married and divorced three times. Her longest union was with actor and singer Robert Goulet (1963–81);[13][14] together they had two children, Christopher and Michael. She married Greg Guydus in 1982.[15]


  1. Carol Lawrence: the backstage story McGraw-Hill, 1990, p.10, ISBN 0070367248
  2. Bobbie Katz. "The Katz Meow - Carol Lawrence". Archived from the original on September 1, 2007. Retrieved June 30, 2014.
  3. 1 2 3 "Carol Lawrence", June 23, 2010
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 "Carol Lawrence Credits", accessed April 24, 2015
  5. " Funny Girl MUNY", accessed April 24, 2015
  6. Carol Lawrence Coaxes the Blues Right Out of the Horn", June 19, 2000
  7. "Do I Hear A Waltz Photos", accessed April 24, 2015
  8. Johnson, Reed. "'Follies' Remains Marvelous Contradiction" LA Times, June 18, 2002
  9. 1 2 3 "Carol Lawrence", accessed April 25, 2015
  10. That Championship Season, accessed April 24, 2015
  11. Purcell, Carey. " 'Handle With Care', Starring Tony Nominee Carol Lawrence, Ends Run at the Westside March 9", March 9, 2014
  12. Carol Lawrence: the backstage story McGraw-Hill, 1990, ISBN 0070367248
  13. "Carol Lawrence Sues For Divorce", June 19, 1980
  14. Thomas, Bob. "Robert Goulet and Carol Lawrence", July 2, 1963
  15. Krebs, Albin and Thomas, Robert McG. "Notes On People; Carol Lawrence Reweds" New York Times, March 9, 1982

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