Carolyn McCormick

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Carolyn McCormick
Born Carolyn Inez McCormick
(1959-09-19) September 19, 1959 (age 56)
Midland, Texas, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Byron Jennings (?-present) (2 sons)[1]

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]

[2] She graduated first in her class from The Kinkaid School, Houston, Texas, in 1977, and with honors from Williams College in 1981 with a B.F.A.. 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 Peterson with Dennis Quaid. Other film credits include Whatever Works directed by Woody Allen, You Know My Name with Sam Elliott, A Simple Twist of Fate with Steve Martin. Her "break" into television was on Spenser: For Hire in the 1980s. She had appeared as the holodeck simulation Minuet in "11001001", a first-season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and later as Minuet Riker (Will 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 Madame Secretary, Elementary, Blue Bloods, Judging Amy, The Practice, Body of Proof, Cold Case, Homicide, 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. Primary Stages Black Tie, 2nd stages Privilege, Lincoln Center's Ancestral Voices. 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 played 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 appears Off-Broadway in Will Eno's new play, The Open House in 2014 (Lucille Lortel nomination, Drama Desk Award)[7] She has recorded myriad audio books including the Hunger Games series and has been a narrator in many Ken Burns documentaries.


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 Riker 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
1999 You Know My Name Zoe
1999–2001 & 2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Elizabeth Olivet 4 episodes
2000 Deus Ex Anna Navarre/Maggie Chow/Other female characters (voice)
2001 Women Docs Narrator
2001–2004 Judging Amy AAG Ellis Bonham 3 episodes
2002 Emmett's Mark Mrs. Carlin
BloodRayne voice
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 Directed by 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


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  2. ^ Carolyn Mccormick Biography (1959-)
  3. ^ Official site
  4. ^ Gans, Andrew. " 'Eve-Olution' — with "Cosby" Star Le Beauf — to Close Dec. 12", 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", October 3, 2012
  7. ^ Murray, Matthew. "Off-Broadway Review. Open House ", 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. But this proved to be an unpopular decision, and Stock returned the very next season.

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