Carolyn Dennis

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Carolyn Dennis
Born (1954-04-12) April 12, 1954 (age 65)
Years active1978–1985
Associated acts

Carolyn Dennis (born April 12, 1954), sometimes known professionally as Carol Dennis or Carol Dennis-Dylan, is an American singer and actress best known for her work with and marriage to Bob Dylan.


Dennis has also sung back-up for Wonderlove, The Carpenters, Kenny Loggins, Bruce Springsteen,[1][2] and Michael Jackson's HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I. In 1982, Dennis performed the role of Poppea in a modern adaptation of Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppea) at Xenon Discothèque in New York City. She was the singing voice for the 1991 made-for-television movie The Josephine Baker Story starring Lynn Whitfield as Josephine Baker. Dennis was also part of the performance group The Young Americans.

On Broadway, she was a member of the original cast of such notable musicals as Big River (1985) and The Color Purple (2005).[3]

Personal life[edit]

Dennis and Dylan have a child, Desiree Gabrielle Dennis-Dylan, born on January 31, 1986. They married in June 1986; Dennis was Dylan's second wife. The couple divorced in October 1992.[4][5]

Their marriage and parenthood was completely unknown to both Dylan's fans and the media until the 2001 publication of Down the Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan by Howard Sounes. Dennis is quoted as saying, "I have three children, but I'm not going to say which ones are Bob Dylan's." Dennis, according to her spokesman, had made a pact with her children not to publicize their paternity. "Bob Dylan has eight or nine children," Dennis says. "We're not trading on that."[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bob's a terrific father, says Dylan's secret wife,
  2. ^ Kenny Loggins Discography
  3. ^ Carol Dennis bio, Playbill, Accessed October 21, 2017
  4. ^ Gray, The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia, 174-5
  5. ^ Howard Sounes, Down The Highway: The Life Of Bob Dylan (Doubleday, 2001). ISBN 0-552-99929-6, 372-3
  6. ^ "Follow That Dream international" December 1992, a Bruce Springsteen fanzine

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