Janet Carroll - YOU KNOW THIS AGELESS FACE! Busy Broadway, Film, Television, Concert and Recording star whose acting repertoire spans myriad memorable roles since you first spotted her as Tom Cruise's pretty young Mom in Risky Business in 1982! Janet works continuously and is seen every day all over the world.
In 2004 - 2005 she proudly starred on Broadway creating the role of Aunt March in the new Musical Little Women and in May, 2007 the revival of IRENE as Mrs. O'Dare/Marshall for Musicals Tonight! in NYC to wonderful reviews.
That classic feature film, Risky Business proved to be the proverbial "big break" leading to many other features which have shown her in a wide variety of roles including:
The Killing Time with Kiefer Sutherland and Beau Bridges,
Talent For The Game with Edward James Olmos and Lorraine Bracco,
Memories Of Me with Alan King and Billy Crystal,
Born To Be Wild with Peter Boyle and Alan Ruck,
Destiny Turns On The Radio, with Quentin Tarrintino, James Belushi and Dylan McDermott,
TimeMaster, The Platinum Triangle, and Secret Admirer with C. Thomas Howell,
The Omega Code with Michael York,
the Dreamworks hit Forces Of Nature in which Janet plays opposite Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock,
Ugly Naked People with Henry Winkler, the Senior Graduate program at AFI.
Janet's 2002 released feature film All You Need won Best Picture in 5 Film Festivals and finds her in her most challenging film role thus far. The sympathetic heroine she portrays, Jane Sabistan is both a lovely and refined wife and mother suffering the torment of an uncontrollable debilitating disease. A performance not to be missed!
Also, in 2002 Janet co-starred in Michael Apted's Enough! with Jennifer Lopez and Billy Campbell along with Changing Hearts with Lauren Holly, Faye Dunaway and Tom Skerritt.
Recent films are The Marriage Undone, Sweet Little Lies, Living 'til the End, and Confession with hunky Chris Pine. Next release thriller Intervention features Janet as the powerful Secretary General of the United Nations.
Janet has also played an incredible range of Television characters. For ten years she recurred simultaneously on "Murphy Brown" as Doris Dial, on "Melrose Place" as the troublesome Marian Shaw, on "Married With Children" as Al's boss, Gary, the Comedy Channel's, "Frank Leaves For The Orient" as Frank's Mom, as Carroll Danzig on "Bronx Zoo" as Mrs. Halloway on FOX's "Time Of Your Life" and recurred on CBS's hit series "Still Standing". As a series regular she was seen on "The Bonnie Hunt Show" as the dreaded Diane Fulton, on NBC's "I Gave At The Office," CBS's "Hat Squad," Showtime's "The Boys," CBS's "Double Dare" and with Brad Pitt in "Glory Days."
Janet's television Movies-Of-The-Week credits include: ABC's "Betrayed: A Story Of Three Women," "Bluffing It," and "Right Of The People," NBC's "Daughter of Privilege," and "Good Enough To Win," CBS's "Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story," "Sharing Richard," "When He's Not A Stranger," "One Special Victory," "Getting Physical," and "Chicago Story".
Janet won Los Angeles' coveted DramaLogue Critics Award for "Outstanding Achievement In Theatre" as Klytemnestra in Ezra Pound's Elektra. She created the roles of Julia Rajik in Shadow of Heros at the St. Nicholas Theatre in Chicago, Dorothea in Nancy Shayne's musical comedy, Two Bitter Women In A Coffee Shop which was featured at HBO's Aspen Comedy Festival and Ensemble Studio in New York, directed by Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City) along with the roles of Mary in Louis LaRusso's Sweatshop and in 2004 Margaret in D. Ferrara's Sister Edith's Mission directed by stage and film veteran Billy Graham.
Janet's musical stage career includes leading roles in Mame, Gypsy, Hello Dolly!, Guys & Dolls, Showboat, South Pacific, Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, West Side Story, Kismet, On A Clear Day, Carousel, The Sound Of Music, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Peter Pan, The Boyfriend, Annie Get Your Gun, My Fair Lady, and Funny Girl (just to name a few). Janet also appeared in eight major musicals every summer for five years at the legendary Kansas City Starlight Theatre. In addition, she is heard in innumerable Radio & TV voice-overs and seen in educational films, live convention, trade, and industrial shows and hosted her own Radio & TV Talk Shows.
In addition to the above, since1982 accompanied by her seven piece swing, traditional, blues and jazz band, Janet has performed at Jazz Festivals throughout the United States and Canada, such as Victoria and Vancouver Festivals in British Columbia, Monterey, Los Angeles Classic, Newport Beach, Catalina Island, New Orleans, along with concerts at USO Shows, the Palmer House in Chicago, the Fountainblue Hotel in Florida, Ritz Carton Hotels, the Biltmore Hotel, at the River Walk in San Antonio, Texas and many performing art centers. Janet was the recipient of the "Best Vocalist Award" from the Redding Jazz Festival and is given rave reviews by fans and critics across the county for her one-woman concerts and cabaret appearances.
Currently in production on her fourth and fiftth CDs titled "A Tribute To The Great Ladies of Song!" and "Scorch Your Shorts Torch Songs!" CD purchase information below!
And of course she is featured on the Broadway cast album of the new musical Little Women as Aunt March with Maureen McGovern and Sutton Foster.
For eight years she was the Artistic Director of The Jazz Series at The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, featuring great names in the jazz world and promising young artists.
Janet serves on the Executive Board of Directors of the Society of Singers as VP of Development. This organization provides emergency aid to professional singers world-wide as well as monetary scholarships to deserving vocal students at various colleges and universities. A percentage of the sale of every one of her cds goes to SOS!
She is the co-founder of "The Victory Ball" in Westport, CT annually benefiting the ALS Foundation (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Eleven years ongoing!
Janet is a longstanding member of the Screen Actor's Guild, American Federation of TV & Radio Artists, and Actors Equity Association, The Actor's Fund, The Drama League and TRU organizations.
As an ordained minister since 1984 Janet performs all related duties including weddings, dedications, memorials and spiritual counselling, healing, Reiki, energy movement and related spiritual functions. See "Ministry".