Carolyn McCormick

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Carolyn McCormick
Born Carolyn Inez McCormick
(1959-09-19) September 19, 1959 (age 58)
Midland, Texas, United States
Alma mater Williams College
Occupation Actress
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Byron Jennings (?-present; 2 sons)[1]
Website www.carolynmccormick.com

Carolyn Inez McCormick (born September 19, 1959) is an American actress best known for her role as Dr. Elizabeth Olivet in the Law & Order franchise.

Life and career[edit]

McCormick was born and raised in Midland, Texas, and graduated first in her class from The Kinkaid School in Houston in 1977. She graduated with honors from Williams College in 1981 with a B.F.A..[2] She also holds an M.F.A. from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. She has worked in television, movies, theatre, and voice acting.

Her break into film was Enemy Mine directed by Wolfgang Petersen with Dennis Quaid. Other film credits include Woody Allen's Whatever Works, You Know My Name with Sam Elliott, and A Simple Twist of Fate with Steve Martin.

Her first notable television credit was district Attorney Rita Fiore in Spenser: For Hire, a role she played from 1986 to 1987. She appeared as the holodeck simulation Minuet in "11001001", a first-season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and later as Minuet Riker (William Riker's wife) in a fantasy-alternate universe during the fourth-season episode "Future Imperfect". The role she would become best known for was on NBC network as Dr. Elizabeth Olivet on Law & Order, appearing in approximately half of the series episodes between 1994 and 2006. In 1997, she played the unhappy wife of a police psychiatrist played by Robert Pastorelli in the short-lived Americanized version of the British series Cracker. She has been a guest star on series including Madam Secretary, Elementary, Blue Bloods, Judging Amy, The Practice, Body of Proof, Cold Case, Homicide: Life on the Street, and LA Law.[3]

She also performs on stage. She appeared at the Off-Broadway Cherry Hill Theatre in Eve-olution with The Cosby Show star Sabrina Le Beauf in 2004. She has also appeared in Dinner with Friends, Oedipus, Ancestral Voices, The Donahue Sisters, Laureen's Whereabouts and In Perpetuity. She worked with Thomas Kail at The Flea Theatre in A.R. Gurney's Family Furniture (2013). In 2015 she appeared in Vanya, Sonya, Masha and Spike at the PaperMill Playhouse and What I Did Last Summer at the Signature 2015. [4] She appeared in the Broadway productions of The Dinner Party in 2001 as Mariette Levieux, Private Lives (standby) in 2002, and in Equus in 2008 as Dora Strang.[5] In 2012 she appeared opposite her husband, Byron Jennings, in the Off-Broadway production of Ten Chimneys.[6] She appeared Off-Broadway in Will Eno's play The Open House in 2014 (Lucille Lortel nomination, Drama Desk Award)[7] She has recorded many audio books, including the Hunger Games series, and has narrated many Ken Burns documentaries.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1985 Enemy Mine Morse
1986–1987 Spenser: For Hire Asst. Dist. Atty. Rita Fiore 22 episodes[8]
1988–1990 Star Trek: The Next Generation Minuet 2 episodes
1991–2009 Law & Order Dr. Elizabeth Olivet 87 episodes (1991–1997, 1999, 2002–2010)
1994 A Simple Twist of Fate Elaine McCann
1996 Homicide: Life on the Street Linda Mariner 2 episodes
1997–1999 Cracker Judith Fitzgerald 16 episodes
1998 The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy Rula Kor TV movie
1999 You Know My Name Zoe
1999–2001 & 2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Elizabeth Olivet 4 episodes
2001 Women Docs Narrator
2001–2004 Judging Amy AAG Ellis Bonham 3 episodes
2002 Emmett's Mark Mrs. Carlin
This Is Not a Chair Mrs. Morrison
2005 Loverboy Ruth the Realtor
Law & Order: Trial by Jury Dr. Elizabeth Olivet 1 episode
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dr. Elizabeth Olivet 1 episode
2007 Cold Case Elizabeth Stone Kevin Bray
2008 Nights in Rodanthe Jenny
2009 Whatever Works Jessica
The National Parks: America's Best Idea Various historical figures (voice)
The Hunger Games Audiobook Narrator
Catching Fire Audiobook Narrator
2010 Mockingjay Audiobook Narrator
True Nature Becky Pascal
Downtown Express Marie
One Life to Live Judge Burdett 3 episodes
2011 Body of Proof Gwen Baldwin Episode: "Dead Man Walking"
The Miraculous Year The Realtor Kathryn Bigelow
2012 The Dust Bowl Voice of Caroline Henderson Ken Burns
2013 Blue Bloods Joyce Powers Oz Scott
Mind Games Victoria Hood Romeo Tirone
Murder in Manhattan Laura Cherie Nowlan
2015 Elementary Denise Davis Michael Pressman
2016 Madam Secretary White House Doctor Rob J. Greenly
The Interestings Betsy Wolf Mike Newell
2017 The Blacklist: Redemption Meryl Jensen Donald E. Thorin Jr.
Billions Steph Green

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.broadway.com/buzz/163544/married-couple-byron-jennings-and-carolyn-mccormick-to-star-in-lunt-and-fontanne-bio-play-ten-chimneys/
  2. ^ Carolyn Mccormick Biography (1959-) filmreference.com
  3. ^ www.carolynmccormick.com Official site
  4. ^ Gans, Andrew. " 'Eve-Olution' — with "Cosby" Star Le Beauf — to Close Dec. 12" Archived March 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. playbill.com, December 8, 2004
  5. ^ "Broadway credits" Internet Broadway Database, accessed March 4, 2014
  6. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Byron Jennings and Carolyn McCormick Are The Lunts in Off-Broadway's Ten Chimneys, Opening Oct. 3" Archived May 30, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. playbill.com, October 3, 2012
  7. ^ Murray, Matthew. "Off-Broadway Review. Open House " talkinbroadway.com, March 3, 2014
  8. ^ McCormick's hair was bleached blonde for this role. She had been recruited to take over for Barbara Stock's character of Susan Silverman, Spenser's girlfriend in the stories. This proved to be an unpopular decision, and Stock returned the next season.

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