Carole Davis

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Carole Davis
Born Carole Raphaelle Davis
(1958-02-17) 17 February 1958 (age 60)
London, UK
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nice, France
Occupation Model, actress, singer/songwriter, writer
Spouse(s)
Stewart Eisenberg (m. 1989–2004)

Robert Saland (m. 2004–2005)

Kevin Rooney (m. 2006)
Children 1

Carole Raphaelle Davis (born 17 February 1958) is a model, actress, singer/songwriter and writer.

Life and career[edit]

Davis was born in London, England to a French mother and American father. As a child, she spent some time in Scotland, France, Italy and Thailand, before moving to New York City as a teenager. She attended the City University of New York, majoring in Chinese studies and political science. She then completed the two-year programme at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.

In 1978, Davis posed for Playboy. In 1980, she posed for Penthouse magazine under the name Tamara Kapitas, becoming Penthouse Pet of the Month in January 1980 and a runner-up for Pet of the Year in 1981.

As an actress, Davis' first feature film was the 1981 horror flick Piranha II: The Spawning.[1] Later in the 1980s, she appeared in the 1984 comedy film The Flamingo Kid, but her best known film role came in 1987 as Roxie Shield in the cult comedy film Mannequin.[1] She later also appeared in films such as the 1990 comedy The Shrimp on the Barbie, the 1991 comedy If Looks Could Kill and The Rapture, in the same year.[1]

She has made guest appearances in television shows such as The A-Team, Star Trek: Voyager, Sex and the City, Angel and more recently in 2 Broke Girls and Madam Secretary.

In 1989, Davis’s career as a singer and songwriter took off when she signed with Warner Bros. Records[2] and released her first album "Heart of Gold" which was produced by Nile Rodgers. Her single "Serious Money" (a cover of The O'Jays hit "For the Love of Money") was a dance hit[2] and the video was number one and became the original theme song to the hip hop music video show Rap City on BET. The song's success enabled Davis to tour Europe and Asia and perform in clubs throughout the United States.[2]

As a songwriter, Davis signed a publishing deal with MCA. In Europe, she signed on with Sony France. Davis met Prince in the 1980s and the two developed a friendship, culminating in Davis co-writing Prince's single "Slow Love" for his Grammy Award-nominated album Sign o' the Times.[3] She recorded her own version of the song for Warner Bros. Records but subsequently left the label in 1993 and moved to Atlantic Records, where she self-produced and wrote the album I'm No Angel.[4]

Davis is also a writer. She has written a series of articles on anti-Semitism in Europe for The Jewish Journal.[5] As a novelist, she is the author of The Diary of Jinky, Dog of a Hollywood Wife, a non-fiction humour book about Hollywood excess and human status anxiety written from the point of view of a death-row dog.[6] She has been a contributor for several animal welfare publications including American Dog Magazine, for who she also worked as an investigative journalist. She had an animal welfare column on Newsvine and ran her own blog, Hollywood Dog through Blogspot.

She is the West Coast Director of the Companion Animal Protection Society, a national non-profit organisation that investigates puppy mills and pet stores.[7]

Selected filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1981 C.O.D. Contessa Bazzini
1981 Piranha II: The Spawning Jai
1984 The Flamingo Kid Joyce Brody Credited as Carole R. Davis
1987 Mannequin Roxie
1987 The Princess Academy Sonia
1990 The Shrimp on the Barbie Dominique
1991 If Looks Could Kill Areola Canasta
1997 Interruptions Sherrie, the sister
2010 Going the Distance Carmen Credited as Carole Raphaelle Davis

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1984 The A-Team Kalani Episode: "The Island"
1996 3rd Rock from the Sun Aviana Episode: "Lonely Dick"
1996 Star Trek: Voyager Giuseppina Pentangeli Episode: "The Swarm"; Credited as Carole Raphaelle Davis
1998 Sex and the City Amalita Amalfi Episode: "The Power of Female Sex"
2002 Live from Baghdad Mrs. Awatiff HBO TV Movie; Credited as Carole Raphaelle Davis
2004 Angel Ilona Costa Bianchi Episode: "The Girl in Question"; Credited as Carole Raphaelle Davis
2007 Veronica Mars Sabirah Krimani Episode: "Un-American Graffiti"; Credited as Carole Raphaelle Davis
2013 2 Broke Girls Agnes Episode: "And Just Plane Magic"; Credited as Carole Raphaelle Davis
2016-2017 Madam Secretary French Foreign Minister Monique Beauvais Episode: "Snap Back" & "Article 5"; Credited as Carole Raphaelle Davis

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Know about the 'Mannequin' actress Carole Davis' career in acting from the very beginning!". Married Biography.
  2. ^ a b c Berman, Nat (27 June 2017). "80s Stars We Miss: Carole Davis". TVOvermind.
  3. ^ Thompson, Erica (8 March 2018). "Prince Makes 'Slow Love' With Carole R. Davis: 365 Prince Songs in a Year". Diffuser.fm.
  4. ^ Flick, Larry (8 May 1993). "Things get better for D:Ream; Junior Boy Jams". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 105 (19): 27. ISSN 0006-2510.
  5. ^ "Carole Raphaelle Davis". The Jewish Journal.
  6. ^ "The Diary of Jinky: Dog of a Hollywood Wife". Google Books.
  7. ^ "Carole Raphaelle Davis, Author and animal rights journalist". Huff Post.

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