Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Janet Carroll



She will be missed ...
Barbara Carole Sickmen May 22, 2012

It's Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012,

Here in New York, it is a dreary rainy day. I have 17 friends on Facebook celebrating birthdays TODAY. MOST of those 17 are true friends. I have taken the time to send them all birthday greetings. 
Some, I even called to wish a "personal" 'Happy Birthday'. 
Last week, I received a "tweet" from a "friend" seeking my advice. I asked her to call me. 
She said she was too busy to talk on the phone and preferred corresponding electronically. I said to her then, and I am reminded today that the human touch is a special gift and should not be treated lightly. I lost a friend today and the world has lost a gifted artist.
It is just over a year that Anarene and her husband, Bill, were up in NY and we all had dinner with her at Angus McIndoe's...May 17, 2011. What a very special person she was.....We all loved her for her talent, her spirit, and her heart. 

Heather, Christine Andreas, Bob Blume, Randie Levine-Miller
Janet Carroll was a great journeyman actress. I knew of her long before I actually met her. She played Aunt March in Little Women produced by Jana Robbins, Randall Wreghitt, and Heather Duke. Randall died one year ago last week on the 18th of May 2011. Heather passed away on July 14th, 2010. 

Three losses in my life in three years. I think of Heather daily. She was a deep soul mate from the moment we met. 

On June15th, 2007, Janet and I both appeared at a mutual friend's birthday, Anarene Barr. Heather was also at that party. That night, Janet and I became fast friends. We spoke on the phone quite often. Got together when our schedules arrived. 
Lady Be Good
In 2010, Janet had recorded a jazz CD simply called Janet Carroll. We had discussions about me producing her CD release party, possibly at Feinsteins. Then "LIFE" got in the way. Janet went to Chicago to take care of her ailing parents. She did so until they passed away. 

Janet was then diagnosed with colon cancer. I had many conversations about the CD release party when she returned to New York. Things kept getting in the way. Another mutual friend of ours, Barbara Carol Sickmen, told me on April 29th, Danny's birthday, at Randie Levine-Miller's show that Janet was not doing well and we should go see her. We went the next day. It was sad to see her in the state she was in but we were able to tell her that we loved her and what she meant to us. And today, she passed on. It will not be the last time we will see her. Thanks to television and film, we will never know when she will next appear. I'm a better person for the wonderful memories I have of her. Today, I celebrate Janet Carroll!
Janet with Bill Barr at Feinsteins July 27th, 2010
Janet Carroll - YOU KNOW THIS AGELESS FACE! Busy Broadway, Film, Television, Concert and Recording star whose acting repertoire spans myriad memorable roles since you first spotted her as Tom Cruise's pretty young Mom in Risky Business in 1982!
 Janet worked continuously and will continue to be seen every day all over the world. In 2004 - 2005 she proudly starred on Broadway creating the role of Aunt March in the new Musical Little Women and in May, 2007 the revival of IRENE as Mrs. O'Dare/Marshall for Musicals Tonight! in NYC to wonderful reviews. Vocally, Janet began classical training at age 12 with Dr. Greta Allum (Chicago) and continued building and expanding her voice and repertoire in formal study with Douglas Susu-mago since 1972.
 With a fluent 3 1/2 octave range Janet adeptly sang everything from opera to jazz and Broadway to gospel and Dixieland. Janet was a first soprano with the esteemed Canterbury Choral Society in NYC featuring works of Bach, Dvorak and Mahler.

The classic feature film, Risky Business proved to be the proverbial "big break" leading to many other features which showed her in a wide variety of roles including: Sidney Lumet's Family Business with Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman and Matthew Broderick, The Killing Time with Kiefer Sutherland and Beau Bridges, Talent For The Game with Edward James Olmos and Lorraine Bracco, Memories Of Me with Alan King and Billy Crystal, Born To Be Wild with Peter Boyle and Alan Ruck, Destiny Turns On The Radio, with Quentin Tarrintino, James Belushi and Dylan McDermott, TimeMaster, The Platinum Triangle, and Secret Admirer with C. Thomas Howell, The Omega Code with Michael York,the Dreamworks hit
as Margie in Risky Business
Forces Of Nature in which Janet plays opposite Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock, Ugly Naked People with Henry Winkler, the Senior Graduate program at AFI. Janet's 2002 released feature film All You Need won Best Picture in 5 Film Festivals and found her in her most challenging film role.
The sympathetic heroine she portrayed, Jane Sabistan was both a lovely and refined wife and mother  suffering the torment of an uncontrollable debilitating disease. A performance not to be missed!
Also, in 2002 Janet co-starred in Michael Apted's Enough! with Jennifer Lopez and Billy Campbell along with Changing Hearts with Lauren Holly, Faye Dunaway and Tom Skerritt. Films also included The Marriage Undone, Sweet Little Lies, Living 'til the End, and Confession with hunky Chris Pine. Intervention featured Janet as the powerful Secretary General of the United Nations.
with Anarene Barr
 Janet also played an incredible range of Television characters. For ten years she recurred simultaneously on "Murphy Brown" as Doris Dial, on "Melrose Place" as the troublesome Marian Shaw, on "Married With Children" as Al's boss, Gary, the Comedy Channel's, "Frank Leaves For The Orient" as Frank's Mom, as Carroll Danzig on "Bronx Zoo" as Mrs. Halloway on FOX's "Time Of Your Life" and recurred on CBS's hit series "Still Standing". As a series regular she was seen on "The Bonnie Hunt Show" as the dreaded Diane Fulton, on NBC's "I Gave At The Office," CBS's "Hat Squad," Showtime's "The Boys," CBS's "Double Dare" and with Brad Pitt in "Glory Days."

A few of her noted guest star appearances have been on "Brothers and Sisters" "Scrubs" "Ally McBeal" as Ellen Fish, "Judging Amy," "Beverly Hills 90210," "Third Rock From The Sun's 100th episode," "7th Heaven," "Cupid," "Mad About You", "Touched By An Angel", "The Norm Show," "Maggie," "Life Goes On," "Pacific Blue," "Golden Girls," "Quantum Leap," "Designing Women," "Boy Meets World," "Coach," "L.A. Law," "Matlock," "21 Jump Street," "Cagney and Lacey," "Knight Rider," "Alice," "Mary," "The Twilight Zone," "Hill Street Blues," and "The Jeff Foxworthy Show". TV commercials included OutBack Steakhouse, 1st Gov. Gov., ING Financial, Diet Coke and the SAG Awarded Holiday Inn spots to name a few. Janet's television Movies-Of-The-Week credits include: ABC's "Betrayed: A Story Of Three Women," "Bluffing It," and "Right Of The People," NBC's "Daughter of Privilege," and "Good Enough To Win," CBS's "Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story," "Sharing Richard," "When He's Not A Stranger," "One Special Victory," "Getting Physical," and "Chicago Story".
Janet won Los Angeles' coveted DramaLogue Critics Award for "Outstanding Achievement In Theatre" as Klytemnestra in Ezra Pound's Elektra. She created the roles of Julia Rajik in Shadow of Heros at the St. Nicholas Theatre in Chicago, Dorothea in Nancy Shayne's musical comedy, Two Bitter Women In A Coffee Shop which was featured at HBO's Aspen Comedy Festival and Ensemble Studio in New York, directed by Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City) along with the roles of Mary in Louis LaRusso's Sweatshop and in 2004 Margaret in D. Ferrara's Sister Edith's Mission directed by stage and film veteran Billy Graham.
Risky Business
Janet's musical stage career includes leading roles in Mame, Gypsy, Hello Dolly!, Guys and Dolls, Showboat, South Pacific, Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, West Side Story, Kismet, On A Clear Day, Carousel, The Sound Of Music, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Peter Pan, The Boyfriend, Annie Get Your Gun, My Fair Lady, and Funny Girl (just to name a few). Janet also appeared in eight major musicals every summer for five years at the legendary Kansas City Starlight Theatre. In addition, she is heard in innumerable Radio and TV voice-overs and was seen in educational films, live convention, trade, and industrial shows and hosted her own Radio and TV Talk Shows.
In addition to the above, since1982 accompanied by her seven piece swing, traditional, blues and jazz band, Janet performed at Jazz Festivals throughout the United States and Canada, such as Victoria and Vancouver Festivals in British Columbia, Monterey, Los Angeles Classic, Newport Beach, Catalina Island, New Orleans, along with concerts at USO Shows, the Palmer House in Chicago, the Fountainblue Hotel in Florida, Ritz Carton Hotels, the Biltmore Hotel, at the River Walk in San Antonio, Texas and many performing art centers. Janet was the recipient of the "Best Vocalist Award" from the Redding Jazz Festival and was given rave reviews by fans and critics across the county for her one-woman concerts and cabaret appearances. In 2004, she was the featured performer at the Porrath Foundation for Cancer Patient Advocacy Event tribute to film star Rhonda Fleming at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
 And of course she is featured on the Broadway cast album of the new musical Little Women as Aunt March with Maureen McGovern and Sutton Foster.
 For eight years she was the Artistic Director of The Jazz Series at The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, featuring great names in the jazz world and promising young artists.
Janet, Anarene, me June 15th 2007
  Janet served on the Executive Board of Directors of the Society of Singers as VP of Development. This organization provides emergency aid to professional singers world-wide as well as monetary scholarships to deserving vocal students at various colleges and universities. A percentage of the sale of every one of her cds goes to She is the co-founder of "The Victory Ball" in Westport, CT annually benefiting the ALS Foundation (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Eleven years ongoing! Janet was a longstanding member of the Screen Actor's Guild, American Federation of TV and Radio Artists, and Actors Equity Association, The Actor's Fund, The Drama League and TRU organizations.
She was an ordained minister since 1984, Janet performed all related duties including weddings, dedications, memorials and spiritual counseling, healing, Reiki, energy movement and related spiritual functions. (Source: Janet Carroll's Official website)

Thank you Janet for the gifts you gave and will continue to give to the world!

Your devoted friend,


May 31
CHICO'S HOUSE OF JAZZ, 631 Lake Ave., Asbury Park, NJ 07712
ReVision Theatre and the City of Asbury Park couldn't have a better summer kickoff! After introducing ReVision Theatre to the great City of Asbury Park 5 years ago, Richard Skipper returns in "Richard Skipper: At Last". Richard is the perfect start to the musical summer of 2012 in Asbury Park. For more information visit www.revisiontheatre.org or call us at 732-455-3059. To purchase $15.00 General Admission tickets please visit http://revisiontheatre.tix.com.
This show is not to be missed! Musical Direction by: Rich Siegel

Please do what YOU can to be more aware that words and actions DO HURT...but they can also heal and help!    
Tomorrow's blog will be..Bob Avian's Memories of Hello, Dolly!

Thank you, to all the mentioned in this blog!

Here's to an INCREDIBLE tomorrow for ALL...with NO challenges!

Richard Skipper, Richard@RichardSkipper.com                            

This Blog is dedicated to Janet Carroll and EVERYONE who EVER had a connection with  her on ANY Level!!  


  1. A beautiful tribute, Richard.

    1. A beautiful tribute to a spectacular lady ... She will be missed, she will
      be remembered and forever loved by everyone who knew her!
      Barbara Carole Sickmen

  2. Janet will be missed so much...I first saw her in 1972 as 'Auntie Mame
    ...all her Chicago colleagues and fans hold her memory dear..Thank you for the lovely tribute to this great lady Richard.-LR