Carroll Baker Net Worth

Carroll Baker Net Worth 2024: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

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Carroll Baker was born on 28 May 1931, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania USA, into a Roman Catholic family of Polish ancestry. She is a former actress who appeared in movies, on television and on stage, and known for numerous movie roles during appearances in the ‘50s and ‘60s in such as the movie ‘’Baby Doll’’ and ‘’Giant’’.

So just how rich is Carroll Baker, as of mid-2017? Authoritative sources report that Baker’s wealth is as high as $4 million, with her net worth accumulated from her acting career in the Hollywood, but includes income from her Broadway days, and writing as well.

Carroll Baker Net Worth $4 million

Carroll attended Greensburg Salem High School and is said to have been a prominent and successful student, appearing in school musicals and being a part of other school clubs and activities. Having moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, Baker enrolled into St. Petersburg College, and her career in the entertainment field began at that time. She went on to become a magician’s assistant, and joined a dance company later on. Wishing to pursue her career furthermore, Carroll moved to Queens, New York City, although during that time she was struggling financially, even to keep her apartment. Baker decided to develop her acting skills furthermore, and enrolled into the Actors Studio where she established a friendship with actor James Dean, whom she would work with later on. Her first jobs were appearances in several commercials, going on to play a couple of small television and movie roles, which established her net worth.

Having made her big screen debut in ‘’Easy to Love’’ in 1953, Carroll caught the eye of the media and due to the positive critiques she received, eventually appeared in two Broadway plays in 1953 – “Escapade” and “All Summer Long”. After turning down several movie roles, Baker made her big breakthrough in ‘’Giant’’, a 1965 Western drama movie, portraying Luz Benedict II alongside James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson. In the same year, Baker got the role in ‘’Baby Doll’’, a dark comedy drama adapted from two Tennessee Williams’ one-act play; the role of a teenage bride married to the middle-aged owner of a cotton gin gained her a lot of recognition and critical praise in the acting industry, being her most notable part. However, the movie caused a lot of drama and received a backlash from Roman Catholic Church criticizing it for apparent lack of morals. Nonetheless, ‘’Baby Doll’’ achieved success in the box office, making $2.3 million in total, very significant at that time, and boosted her net worth.

In the following years, Carroll declined several movie roles which affected her partnership with Warner Bros. Being put under suspension, she wasn’t able to perform in several movies. When her suspension was over, she was cast in ‘’The Big Country’’ as Patricia Terrill, which received a mostly positive reaction, but wasn’t considered to be Baker’s finest work. One of her notable roles was her portrayal of Ellie Brown in a 1959 comedy film ‘’But Not for Me’’, with her acting skills critically praised and acknowledged by both critics and the audience. During mid-60s, Baker played a variety of notorious and problematic characters.

In the mid-‘70s, Carroll moved to Italy looking for new acting experiences, and went on to appear in several horror and thriller films, which gave her the opportunity to prove her skills in a different genre.

She subsequently wrote an autobiography entitled ‘’Babydoll: An Autobiography’’ in 1983.

Having returned to American movies and theatre, Baker played a wide range of characters – from naïve to bold and flamboyant ones, including Eleanor Crisp in ‘’Kindergarten Cop’’ in 1990, which was a huge success. In the following years, Baker played supporting roles in plenty movies, before eventually retiring in 2003.

In her personal life, Baker has been married three times, firstly in 1953 to Louie Ritter but which lasted less than a year. From her second marriage to Jack Garfein (1955-69), she has two children. She was thirdly married to British actor Donald Burton from 1978 until his death in 2007.

Full NameCarroll Baker
Net Worth$4 Million
Date Of BirthMay 28, 1931
DiedMarch 5, 1945, Reidsville, Georgia, United States
Place Of BirthJohnstown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Height5' 5" (1.65 m)
EducationActors Studio
SpouseDonald Burton (m. 1978–2007), Jack Garfein (m. 1955–1969), Louie Ritter (m. 1953–1953)
ChildrenBlanche Baker, Herschel Garfein
ParentsVirginia Duffy, William Watson Baker
SiblingsGinny Baker, Virginia Baker
AwardsGolden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actress, Juno Award for Best Country Female Artist
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama, Juno Award for Best Female Artist, BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress
MoviesBaby Doll, The Carpetbaggers, How the West Was Won, The Big Country, Private Lessons, Cheyenne Autumn, Kindergarten Cop, Something Wild, Giant, Ironweed, Harlow, Easy to Love, The Watcher in the Woods, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Miracle, Star 80, But Not for Me, Sylvia, Bad, Captain Apache, M...
1Voluptuous figure
2Sparkling blue eyes
3Platinum blonde hair
4Deep sultry voice
5Often plays brash, flamboyant women
L'harem (1967)$60,000 + 50% of U.S. gross
Harlow (1965)$200,000
1[on working with George Peppard in The Carpetbaggers (1964)] As I understand it, [he] later became a nice guy, a gentleman, but when we worked together back then, he was pretentious, egotistical, a brat, and an asshole--and that's just for starters! He pretended he was seven years younger than he was; he even claimed to be a bachelor and denied he was married--in front of me (I knew better), he denied their existence. The role of Jonas Cord in "The Carpetbaggers" really went to his big head. He acquired delusions of grandeur--thought he was God's gift to women and the movies! His attitude towards me was very bizarre--he acted as though we'd never met! Or that I had a husband! George asked not "if" but "when" we could be intimate together! He came to my house uninvited with an ultimatum--if I don't have an affair with him, he'll have an affair with Elizabeth Ashley! Can you believe this guy? He was totally jealous of any and all attention I received!
2[on John Ford, with whom she worked on How the West Was Won (1962) and Cheyenne Autumn (1964)] I adored and admired "Pappy", and have been grateful forever to have been able to work with him-twice, the second time on "Cheyenne Autumn". Elia Kazan was, without a doubt, the best actor's director, but John Ford put "motion" in motion pictures. I learned more about the visual side of pictures from him--a very unique experience. No amount of time spent at the Actors Studio could have taught me nearly as much!
3[Joseph E. Levine] behaved like he owned me. My husband thought it was all terrific as long as I kept bringing in the money. I started objecting to everything, but it was too late. The sex-symbol image had already started. I turned down parts and they blacklisted me. The press attacked me viciously at every opportunity. I came very close to suicide.
4Life seems to be a never-ending series of survivals, doesn't it?
5The big one I missed out on was Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958). MGM wanted me for it, and Warner Bros. wouldn't give me permission to do it.
6I was very young when I saw Gone with the Wind (1939), but I fell in love with Clark Gable. And when I got to work with him, I couldn't believe it. I still had a crush on him. He was quite an old man by then; he must have seen that I was head over heels, even though I was married.
7After Baby Doll (1956) I did some Westerns. I would try to do something so far away from "Baby Doll".
8Bad directors are the ones who want to tell you every move, and think they're a better actor than you.
9When Clark Gable kissed me, they had to carry me off the set.
1As of 2016 she is the 3rd earliest surviving recipient of a Best Actress Oscar nomination, behind only Olivia de Havilland and Leslie Caron. She was nominated in 1956 for Baby Doll (1956).
2Gave birth to her first child at age 25, daughter Blanche Joy Garfein (aka Blanche Baker) on December 20, 1956. The child's father is Jack Garfein, who was her second husband.
3Gave birth to her second child, son Herschel David Garfein, in 1959. The child's father is Jack Garfein, who was her second husband.
4Ex-mother-in-law of Bruce Van Dusen.
5She has English and Polish ancestry.
6Currently living in London, England. [August 2010]
7Ms. Burton had spent much of her life from the late 1990s to 2007, caring for her third husband, who suffered from emphysema. She remained retired from acting since being widowed in 2007.
8Retired from acting in 2003 after 50 years in the motion picture industry.
9Celebrity spokesperson of Foster Grant sunglasses during the 1960s.
10She was awarded a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars on May 4, 2001.
11She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1725 Vine Street in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
12Despite playing their daughter in Giant (1956), Baker was just 9 years younger than Rock Hudson and actually 9 months older than Elizabeth Taylor.
13Visited USS Ticonderoga CV-14 with Bob Hope as part of his morale boosting visits for the soldiers, sailors and airmen during the Vietnam War in 1965.
14Received a career Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2011 Hoboken International Film Festival.
15Received the National Arts Club Medal of Honor in New York City in 2009.
16She became a nightclub dancer to raise money for her tuition at the Actors Studio.
17Though it may only be studio hype, in 1964 an African Masai chieftain reportedly was so fascinated by Baker that he offered 150 cows, 200 goats and sheep, and $750 for her while she was on location in Kenya for Mister Moses (1965).
18While in Hollywood to test for Giant (1956), director Nicholas Ray met with her on James Dean's suggestion to discuss playing the role of Judy in Rebel Without a Cause (1955). Baker's new husband Jack Garfein insisted that she return to New York once the test was shot, and negotiations were broken off.
19When she refused to play a nymphomaniac in the trashy Too Much, Too Soon (1958), Warner Bros. refused to loan her out to appear opposite Laurence Olivier, Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas in The Devil's Disciple (1959).
20Her trouble with Warner Bros. continued when she declined to act in a series of movies based on books by pulp writer Erskine Caldwell. This led to her losing out on outside offers to do The Three Faces of Eve (1957) for 20th Century-Fox, and both Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) and The Brothers Karamazov (1958) for MGM.
21Miss Florida Fruits and Vegetables of 1949.


The Fourth Victim1971Julie Spencer / Lillian Martin
W. Somerset Maugham1970TV SeriesSadie Thompson
A Quiet Place to Kill1970Helen
Così dolce... così perversa1969Nicole Perrier
Paranoia1969Kathryn West
Il dolce corpo di Deborah1968Deborah
Jack of Diamonds1967Carroll Baker
Her Harem1967Margherita
Harlow1965/IJean Harlow
Mister Moses1965Julie Anderson
The Greatest Story Ever Told1965Veronica
Sylvia1965Sylvia: West (Karoki, Kay, Carlyle)
Cheyenne Autumn1964Deborah Wright
The Carpetbaggers1964Rina Marlowe Cord
Armchair Theatre1963TV SeriesLena Roland
Station Six-Sahara1963Catherine
How the West Was Won1962Eve Prescott
Something Wild1961Mary Ann Robinson
Bridge to the Sun1961Gwen Terasaki
The Miracle1959Teresa
But Not for Me1959Ellie Brown / Borden
The Big Country1958Patricia Terrill
Baby Doll1956Baby Doll Meighan
Giant1956Luz Benedict II
Danger1955TV Series
The Web1954TV Series
Easy to Love1953Clarice
Monodrama Theater1952TV Series
The Lyon's Den2003TV SeriesJack's Mother
Another Woman's Husband2000TV MovieLaurel's Mom
Roswell1999TV SeriesGrandma Claudia
Nowhere to Go1998Nana
Rag and Bone1998TV MovieSister Marie, Tony's Aunt
Heart Full of Rain1997TV MovieEdith Pearl Dockett
The Game1997Ilsa
North Shore Fish1997TV MovieArlyne
Skeletons1997TV MovieNancy Norton
Just Your Luck1996VideoMomie
La signora della citt1996TV MovieMartha Sheppard
Dalva1996TV MovieNaomi
In the Flesh1995Elaine Mitchelson
Chicago Hope1995TV SeriesSylvie Tannen
A Kiss to Die For1993TV MovieMrs. Graham
L.A. Law1993TV SeriesRae Morrison
Murder, She Wrote1993TV SeriesSibella Stone
Men Don't Tell1993TV MovieRuth
Judgment Day: The John List Story1993TV MovieAlma List
South of Sunset1993TV SeriesMrs. Weston
Cyber Eden1992Madame
Davis Rules1992TV Series
P.S.I. Luv U1991TV SeriesVictoria
Blonde Fist1991Lovelle Summers
Tales from the Crypt1991TV SeriesMother Paloma
Grand1990TV SeriesViva
Kindergarten Cop1990Eleanor Crisp
Gipsy Angel1990Phoebe (as Carrol Baker)
Ironweed1987Annie Phelan
On Fire1987TV MovieMaureen
Native Son1986Mrs. Dalton
What Mad Pursuit?1985TV MovieLouise Steinhauser
Hitler's S.S.: Portrait in Evil1985TV MovieGerda Hoffman
The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud1984Mama Freud
Sharing Time1984TV SeriesFran Haley
Red Monarch1983TV MovieBrown
Star 801983Dorothy's Mother
The Watcher in the Woods1980Helen Curtis
The World Is Full of Married Men1979Linda Cooper
Cyclone1978Sheila (as Carrol Baker)
Bad1977Hazel Aiken
Zerschossene Träume1976Carol
La moglie di mio padre1976Laura
Thriller1976TV SeriesSandy Marshall
As of Tomorrow1976Polly Pott
At Last, at Last1975Lucia (as Carrol Baker)
The Private Lesson1975Laura Formenti
The Wide World of Mystery1975TV SeriesSandy Marshall
The Body1974Madeliene
The Flower with the Deadly Sting1973Evelyn
Baba Yaga1973Baba Yaga
Il coltello di ghiaccio1972Martha Caldwell
The Devil with Seven Faces1971Julie Harrison / Mary Harrison
Captain Apache1971Maude


Western Legenden - Made in Hollywood2009TV Movie documentaryHerself
American Masters2008TV Series documentaryHerself - Interviewee
Baby Doll: See No Evil2006Video shortHerself
Return to 'Giant'2003Video documentaryHerself
Time Machine: When Cowboys Were King2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
Cinerama Adventure2002DocumentaryHerself
Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration2001TV Special documentaryHerself
Biography1995-1999TV Series documentaryHerself
Memories of 'Giant'1998Video documentaryHerself
Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western1997TV Movie documentaryHerself
Clark Gable: Tall, Dark and Handsome1996DocumentaryHerself
Talking Pictures1988TV Series documentaryHerself
Hollywood Uncensored1987DocumentaryHerself
Sex Symbols; Past, Present and Future1987TV Movie documentaryHerself
Hee Haw1983TV SeriesHerself
Women I Love: Beautiful But Funny1982TV MovieHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1979TV SeriesHerself - Actress
Ladies' Night1978TV MovieHerself
The Lynne Gordon Show1977TV SeriesHerself
James Dean: The First American Teenager1975TV Movie documentaryHerself
The David Frost Show1969TV SeriesHerself
The Bob Hope Show1965-1968TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Paris aktuell1967TV Series documentaryHerself
The Eamonn Andrews Show1967TV SeriesHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1965-1966TV SeriesHerself - Singer / Herself
What's My Line?1964-1966TV SeriesHerself - Mystery Guest
The Bob Hope Vietnam Christmas Show1966TV Special documentaryHerself
Flashes Festival1965Documentary shortHerself
Cinépanorama1965TV Series documentaryHerself
Neues aus Hollywood1965TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Bob Hope Comedy Special1965TV SpecialHerself
The 22th Annual Golden Globes Awards1965TV SpecialHerself - Accepting Award for Best Foreign Film
Hollywood Backstage1964TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1964TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The New Steve Allen Show1964TV SeriesHerself
Juke Box Jury1963TV SeriesHerself - Panellist
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHerself
Password All-Stars1962TV SeriesHerself
The 34th Annual Academy Awards1962TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration Awards
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHerself
The Garry Moore Show1960TV SeriesHerself
Person to Person1958TV Series documentaryHerself
The 29th Annual Academy Awards1957TV Special documentaryHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role and Presenter: Best Original Song

Archive Footage

Saucy 70's Volume 22010Video documentary
Cannes, 60 ans d'histoires2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
American Masters2005TV Series documentaryActress 'Giant'
Images of Indians: How Hollywood Stereotyped the Native American2003TV Movie documentaryHerself / Deborah Wright (from Cheyenne Autumn (1964)) (uncredited)
The Making of 'How the West Was Won'1998Video documentary shortHerself (as Carrol Baker)
Sixty Years of Seduction1981TV Movie documentary
Bob Hope's Overseas Christmas Tours: Around the World with the Troops - 1941-19721980TV Movie documentaryHerself
Texaco Presents: A Quarter Century of Bob Hope on Television1975TV SpecialHerself
Lionpower from MGM1967ShortHerself (uncredited)

Won Awards

1996Golden BootGolden Boot Awards
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 1725 Vine Street.
1957Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USAMost Promising Newcomer - FemaleBaby Doll (1956)
1957Woman of the YearHasty Pudding Theatricals, USA

Nominated Awards

1965Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsFemale Star8th place.
1964Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Star9th place.
1957OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleBaby Doll (1956)
1957Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actress - DramaBaby Doll (1956)
1957BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActressBaby Doll (1956)

2nd Place Awards

1965Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsDramatic Performance, FemaleThe Carpetbaggers (1964)

Known for movies

IMDB Wikipedia

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