Carlson with Ernest Thompson and James Sloyan, 1977.
May 12, 1945 |
Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Philip Charles MacKenzie (divorced)
Jim ( –present)
Early life and career
Born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Carlson attended the University of Iowa, where she received a bachelor's degree in speech and dramatic arts. She went on to teach for several months at a high school in Flint, Michigan, before moving to New York City, where she attended the NYU School of the Arts and received a master's degree. She broke into professional theater with the Negro Ensemble Company in New York, then spent a season at the Repertory Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She went on to appear at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at Canada's Manitoba Theatre Center in Winnipeg, and at the McCarter Theatare in Princeton, New Jersey, as well as with the Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis, Indiana.
In the episode "Hotel Oceanview" of the series WKRP in Cincinnati, which premiered on November 29, 1980, Carlson played a woman attracted to station salesman Herb Tarlak (Frank Bonner). He is deeply shaken when she tells him that they were on the football team together in high school, she having since undergone a sex change.
She was married to actor-director Philip Charles MacKenzie, whom she met at NYU. They eventually divorced. She went on to marry a former Marine Corps tank officer turned IT specialist, Jim Hart.
- Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992) ... Nosy neighbor
- The Pickle (1993) ... Bernadette
- The Beverly Hillbillies (1993) ... Aunt Pearl
- Murder One (1995–1997) ... Judge Beth Bornstein
- Roadside Assistance (2001) ... Queen of Hearts