Caroline Aaron

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Caroline Aaron
Caroline Sidney Abady

(1952-08-07) August 7, 1952 (age 71)
Alma materAmerican University (B.A.)
HB Studio
Years active1982–present
James Foreman
(m. 1981)
RelativesJosephine Abady (sister)

Caroline Sidney Aaron (née Abady; born (1952-08-07)August 7, 1952)[1] is an American actress. She has appeared in multiple Mike Nichols, Nora Ephron, and Woody Allen films and is also known for her role in the television series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Early life[edit]

Aaron was born in Richmond, Virginia.[1] Her mother, Nina Abady (née Friedman) was a civil rights activist; Alabama-born, she was of Syrian Jewish descent, and worked full time to support her three kids after the death of Aaron's father, who was of Sephardic Jewish (Lebanese-Jewish) descent.[2] Aaron's elder sister, Josephine Abady, a theatre director and producer, died from breast cancer on May 25, 2002, aged 52.

Aaron attended American University in Washington, D.C., studying performing arts.[3] She studied acting at HB Studio[4] in New York City.


Aaron is known for her performances in films like Mike Nichols' Heartburn (1986) and Primary Colors (1998), as well as Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), Alice (1990), and Deconstructing Harry (1997), and Nora Ephron's Sleepless in Seattle (1993). She also appeared in Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands (1990) and Stanley Tucci's Big Night (1996). She also appeared in 21 Jump Street (2012) and its sequel 22 Jump Street (2014).

She is also known for her work on television, including guest roles on Wings, Frasier, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Desperate Housewives, Transparent, Madam Secretary, and The Good Fight.

Her Broadway roles include Woody Allen's Relatively Speaking, I Hate Hamlet, Social Security, and The Iceman Cometh starring Jason Robards.[5]

She was a regular on the critically acclaimed and Primetime Emmy Award-winning show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017–2023), with her comic performance of a Jewish mother winning her two consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series alongside the rest of the series' cast.

Aaron is a guest instructor at HB Studio.[6]

Personal life[edit]

She has been married to James Foreman since 1980; they have two children.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
1982 Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean Teenager
1983 Without a Trace Makeup Woman
1983 Baby, It's You Waitress
1984 The Brother from Another Planet Randy Sue Carter
1985 O.C. and Stiggs Janine
1986 Heartburn Judith
1987 Anna Interviewer
1988 Working Girl Petty Marsh Secretary
1989 Crimes and Misdemeanors Barbara
1990 Edward Scissorhands Marge
1990 Alice Sue
1992 This Is My Life Martha Ingels
1992 Husbands and Wives Dinner Party Guests
1993 The Pickle Nancy Osborne
1993 Sleepless in Seattle Dr. Marcia Fieldstone
1994 Mixed Nuts Hotline Caller
1995 A Modern Affair Elaine
1996 Big Night Woman in restaurant
1996 House Arrest Louise Finley
1997 White Lies Virginia Past
1997 Deconstructing Harry Doris Block
1997 Dinner and Driving Roz
1998 Primary Colors Lucille Kaufman
1998 There's No Fish Food in Heaven Venessa
1999 A Fine Day for Flying Madelyn Short film
1999 Anywhere but Here Gail Letterfine
2000 What Planet Are You From? Nadine Jones
2000 Lucky Numbers Nurse Sharpling
2000 Bounce Donna
2001 Nobody's Baby Doctor
2001 Amy's Orgasm Janet Gaines
2001 Joe Dirt Mrs. Nunamaker
2001 Never Again Elaine
2002 Pumpkin Claudia Prinsinger
2003 Two Days Mrs. Miller
2004 Along Came Polly Lois The Wedding Planner/Coordinator
2004 Call Waiting Judy Baxter / Carol Lane
2004 A Day Without a Mexican Aunt Gigi
2004 Cellular Marilyn Mooney
2004 Beyond the Sea Nina Cassotto Maffia
2005 Just like Heaven Grace
2006 Grilled Faye Goldbluth
2007 My First Time Driving Helen Short film
2007 Nancy Drew Barbara Barbara
2007 Love Comes Lately Rachel Meyerowitz
2008 Surveillance Janet
2009 Finding Bliss Debra Balaban
2009 Love Hurts Wanda
2010 Our Family Wedding Elaine
2010 Meeting Spencer Nancy Diamond
2012 21 Jump Street Annie Schmidt
2013 Sex & Marriage Beatrice Video
2013 Tuna Virginia
2014 22 Jump Street Annie Schmidt
2014 The Rewrite Ellen
2014 Planes: Fire & Rescue Additional Voices
2016 Hello, My Name Is Doris Val
2017 Breakable You Judith Singer
2017 Bitch Nana
2022 Christmas vs. the Walters Jane
2023 Theater Camp Rita Cohen
2024 Between the Temples Meira Gottlieb[8] Completed


Year Title Role Notes
1989 The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd Waitress Episode: "Here's a Leisurely Stroll Through the Park"
1991 Dead and Alive: The Race for Gus Farace Dolly Television movie
1991–1992 Law & Order Susan / Valerie Walker 2 episodes
1995 Empty Nest Shannon Episode: "Feelings, Whoa Whoa Whoa, Feelings"
1995 Mad About You Trish Dawson Episode: "Two Tickets to Paradise"
1995 If Not For You Nina Episodes: "Taking a Shower with My Two True Loves", "The Kiss"
1995 Dad, the Angel & Me Abby Television movie
1995, 1997 Wings Mary Pat Lee 2 Episodes: "Ex, Lies and Videotape" and "Let's Talk About Sex"
1996 The Boys Next Door Mrs. Warren Television movie
1996 Hey Arnold! Spelling Bee Moderator / Landlady (voice) 2 episodes
1996 Dave's World Judy Episode: "Stress"
1997 Early Edition Dr. Susan Leonard Episode: "Frostbite"
1997 Weapons of Mass Distraction Robin Zimmer Television movie
1998 LateLine Amy Freundlich / Rhonda Laskey Voice; Recurring role (4 episodes)
1998 Frasier Phyllis Conrad Episode: "First Date"
1998 Sex and the City Pamela Glock Episode: "The Monogamists"
1999 Ally McBeal Laura Dipson Episode: "Love Unlimited"
1999 NYPD Blue Doris Steinman Episode: "Big Bang Theory"
1999 The Practice Delores Keplar Episode: "Of Human Bondage"
1999 Tracey Takes On... Bev Millis Episode: "Hype"
1999 Payne Diane Taggert Episode: "I Never Forget a Face-Lift"
1999 Tuesdays with Morrie Connie Television movie
2000 Judging Amy Eloise Darline Episodes: "Zero to Sixty", "The Wee Hours"
2000 An American Daughter Veronica Television movie
2000 Running Mates Jody Daniels Television movie
2000 Family Law Sharon Episode: "The Choice"
2000 Gideon's Crossing Nancy Bales Episode: "The Gift"
2001 When Billie Beat Bobby Gladys Heldman Television movie
2001 Six Feet Under Amelia Episode: "The Foot"
2001 The Mind of the Married Man Mother In Law Episode: "The Secret of the Universe"
2001 Inside Schwartz Bernice Episode: "Play-Action Fake Boyfriend"
2001–2002 7th Heaven Sally Palmer 2 episodes
2002 Greg the Bunny Casting Director Episode: "Piddler on the Roof"
2002 The Secret Life of Zoey Mimi Television movie
2002 Less than Perfect Roz Episode: "Future Shock"
2002 Curb Your Enthusiasm Barbara 3 episodes
2002–2004 One on One Cheryl Ballard 3 episodes
2003 Dragnet District Attorney Episode: "All That Glitters"
2003 Lucky Theresa's Sponsor Episode: "Monkey on Your Back"
2003 Miss Match Judy Schiff Episode: "The Love Bandit"
2004 Oliver Beene Charlotte's Mum Episode: "Disposa-Boy"
2004 Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman Madeleine Television movie
2004 Malcolm in the Middle Nurse Peterson Episode: "Reese Comes Home"
2005 Head Cases Ida Shultz Episode: "Pilot"
2005 Girlfriends Michele Garrett Episode: "All God's Children"
2006 Shark Judge Sylvia Howard Episode: "Fashion Police"
2007 Brothers & Sisters Elise Episode: "Sexual Politics"
2007 Entourage Sheila Rubenstein Episode: "Return of the King"
2007 Grey's Anatomy Connie Episode: "Let the Truth Sting"
2008 Ugly Betty Judge Biotch Episode: "Odor in the Court"
2008 Boston Legal Phyllis Goulet Episode: "True Love"
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Mrs. Steiner Episode: "19 Down"
2009 Monk Sheila Dorfman Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Magician"
2009 CSI: Miami Dr. Miller Episode: "Bad Seed"
2009 Desperate Housewives Daphne Bicks Episode: "Boom Crunch"
2009–2016 American Dad! Waitress (voice) 2 episodes
2010 The Young and the Restless JoJo 5 episodes
2010 Players Olivia DiMarco Episode: "Krista's Mom"
2010 Private Practice Stephanie Episode: "War"
2010 Childrens Hospital Glenn's Mom Episode: "Frankfurters. Allman Brothers. Death. Frankfurters."
2011 Happy Endings Pauline Blum Episode: "Mein Coming Out"
2011-2013 Franklin & Bash Judge Rebecca Bayles 2 episodes
2012 Rizzoli & Isles Dana Episode: "Class Action Satisfaction"
2012 Up All Night Marla Episode: "First Snow"
2013 2 Broke Girls Wiga Episode: "And the Psychic Shakedown"
2013 Modern Family Judge Bartley Episode: "Goodnight Gracie"
2014–2017 Episodes Linda 3 episodes
2014 Instant Mom Beverly Keogh 2 episodes
2014 Bad Teacher Doris Episode: "A Little Respect"
2014 The Millers Kathy Episode: "Movin' Out (Carol's Song)"
2014–2015 Transparent Judy 3 episodes
2015 Secrets and Lies Ellie Lindsey Episode: "The Sister"
2016 Life in Pieces Karyl Episode: "CryTunes Divorce Tablet Ring"
2016 Code Black Barbara Abbott Episode: "1.0 Bodies"
2016 The Odd Couple Christina Episode: "The Odd Couples"
2017 Doubt Judge Eugenia Souza Episode: "The Return"
2017–2019 Madam Secretary Edie Moran 2 episodes
2017–2023 The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Shirley Maisel 29 episodes
2018 The Good Fight Lucy Heinberg Episode: "Day 415"
2018 The Good Cop Olivia Nyborg Episode: "Who Cut Mrs. Ackroyd in Half"
2018 I Feel Bad Irene Episode: "My Kids Barely Know Their Culture"
2020 Outmatched Sylvia Bennet Episode: "Grandparents"
2021– Ghosts Carol Recurring, 5 episodes
2022 Chanshi[9] Babshi Recurring role; Israeli-American co-production


Year Title Role Playwright Notes Ref.
1985 The Iceman Cometh Cora Eugene O'Neill Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, Broadway [10]
1986 Social Security Trudy Hayman
Barbara Kahn
Andrew Bergman Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Broadway
1991 I Hate Hamlet Felicia Dantine Paul Rudnick Walter Kerr Theatre, Broadway
2007 The Ritz Vivian Proclo Terrence McNally Studio 54, Broadway
2011 Honeymoon Hotel Judy Spector Woody Allen Brooks Atkinson Theatre, Broadway

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 Fallout 4 Additional Voices Video Game [11]

Audio dramas[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2022–2023 Around the Sun Kathy / Nina Audio drama [12]

Award and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Title Result
2018 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Won
2019 Won


  1. ^ a b Pfefferman, Naomi (September 29, 2005). "Interview with Jewish Journal". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Archived from the original on February 1, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2010.
  2. ^ "Caroline Aaron on Playing Shirley Maisel: She's a Liberated Woman for the Times". December 5, 2019.
  3. ^ "Caroline Aaron Yahoo! bio". Archived from the original on January 13, 2010. Retrieved September 8, 2010.
  4. ^ "HB Studio - Notable Alumni | One of the Original Acting Studios in NYC". HB Studio. Retrieved January 14, 2022.
  5. ^ "Caroline Aaron – Broadway Cast & Staff". IBDb. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  6. ^ "Caroline Aaron". hbstudio. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  7. ^ "The Cast of 'The Marvelous MRS. Maisel': Everything to Know".
  8. ^ Lodge, Guy (January 19, 2024). "'Between the Temples' Review: Jason Schwartzman Gives Carol Kane a Belated Bat Mitzvah in a Winningly Off-Kilter Comedy". Variety. Retrieved April 21, 2024.
  9. ^ Goldbart, Max (April 7, 2022). "'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Star Caroline Aaron Boards Israeli/U.S. Crossover Comedy 'Chanshi' Starring Henry Winkler". Deadline. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  10. ^ "Caroline Aaron". Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  11. ^ Ben Morris (July 9, 2020). "Caroline Aaron Interview". Awards Daily. Retrieved June 27, 2021.
  12. ^ Wild, Stephi. "Listen: Adassa and Richard Kind Kick Off New Season of Brad Forenza's AROUND THE SUN". Retrieved March 10, 2023.

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