Carolyn Laurie Kane (born June 18, 1952) is an  American actress and comedian. She became known in the 1970s in films such as (for which she received an Hester Street Oscar nomination) and . She appeared on the television series Annie Hall in the early 1980s, as Simka Gravas, the wife of Taxi Latka, the character played by Andy Kaufman, winning two Emmy Awards for her work. She has played the character of Madame Morrible in the musical , both in regional productions and on Broadway from 2005 to 2014. From 2015 to 2019, she was a main cast member on the Wicked Netflix original series , in which she plays Lillian Kaushtupper.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Kane was born in
Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Joy, a jazz singer, teacher, dancer, and pianist, and Michael Kane. Her family is  Jewish, and her grandparents emigrated from Russia. Her parents divorced when she was 12 years old.  She attended the Cherry Lawn School, a progressive boarding school in  Darien, Connecticut, until 1965.  She studied theatre at  HB Studio and also went to the  Professional Children's School, in New York City, and made her professional theatre debut in a 1966 production of , starring The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Tammy Grimes.
Kane portrayed Simka Dahblitz-Gravas, wife of Latka Gravas (
Andy Kaufman), on the American television series , from 1981–83. She received two Taxi Emmy Awards for her work in the series.
In 1984, Kane appeared in episode 12, season 3 of
as Amanda, an acquaintance of Cheers Diane Chambers from her time spent in a mental institution.
Kane was a regular on the 1986
NBC series All Is Forgiven, a regular on the 1990–91 NBC series , guest-starred on a 1994 episode of American Dreamer , a 1996 episode of Seinfeld and had a supporting role in the short-lived 1996–97 sitcom Ellen .
In 1988, Kane appeared in the
Cinemax Comedy Experiment alongside Rap Master Ronnie: A Report Card Jon Cryer and The Smothers Brothers.
In January 2009, she appeared in the TV series
as the mother of Alan Harper's receptionist. Two and a Half Men In March 2010, Kane appeared in the TV series  as Justin Suarez's acting teacher. In 2014, she had a recurring role in the TV series Ugly Betty as Gertrude Kapelput, Gotham Oswald Cobblepot's (Penguin's) mother.
In 2015, she was cast as Lillian Kaushtupper, the landlord to the title character of
Netflix's original series . Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Kane also appeared in
(1973), The Last Detail (1977), Annie Hall (1977), The World's Greatest Lover Norman Loves Rose (1982), (1975), Dog Day Afternoon (1985), Transylvania 6-5000 (1987), The Princess Bride (1989) with Flashback Dennis Hopper, and (1988), in which Scrooged called her "unquestionably [the] pic's comic highlight." Variety
In 1998, she played Mother Duck on the cartoon movie
. In 1999 she made a cameo on the movie The First Snow of Winter as her character she played on Man On The Moon .
Kane was nominated for an
Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film .
She starred in the
off-Broadway play in February 2010. Love, Loss, and What I Wore
Kane made her West End debut in January 2011 in a major revival of
Lillian Hellman's drama , at London's The Children's Hour Comedy Theatre. She starred alongside Keira Knightley, Elisabeth Moss and Ellen Burstyn.
In May 2012, Kane appeared on Broadway as Betty Chumley in a revival of the play
Kane is known for her portrayal of the evil headmistress
Madame Morrible in the Broadway musical , whom she played in various productions from 2005 to 2014.
Kane made her
Wicked debut on the 1st National Tour, playing the role from March 9 through December 19, 2005. She then reprised the role in the Broadway production from January 10 through November 12, 2006. She again played the role for the Los Angeles production which began performances on February 7, 2007. She left the production on December 30, 2007, and later returned from August 26, 2008 until the production closed on January 11, 2009.
She then transferred with the L.A. company, to play the role once again, in the San Francisco production which began performances January 27, 2009.
She ended her limited engagement on March 22, 2009.  Kane returned to the Broadway company of  from July 1, 2013, through February 22, 2014. Wicked
We, the Woman
Episode: "Fans of the Kosko Show"
Great Performances Eliza Southgate; Frances Loomis
Episodes: "Out of Our Father's House"; "The Girls in Their Summer Dresses and Other Stories"
The Greatest Man in the World
Laverne & Shirley Olga
Episode: " Jinxed"
An Invasion of Privacy
American Playhouse Lavinia
Episode: "Keeping On"
Taxi Simka Dahblitz-Gravas
17 episodes Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (1982) Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy, Variety or Music Series Medallion Award (2007; shared with Danny DeVito, Jeff Conaway, Tony Danza, Judd Hirsch, James L. Brooks and Randall Carver) Nominated— Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV (1983) Nominated— TV Land Award for Most Wonderful Wedding (2006; shared with
Faerie Tale Theatre The "Good" Fairy
Episode: " Sleeping Beauty"
Cheers Amanda Boyer
Episode: " A Ditch in Time"
Tales from the Darkside Anne MacColl
Episode: " Snip, Snip"
Crazy Like a Fox
Episode: "Bum Tip"
Tall Tales & Legends Barbara
Episode: "Casey at the Bat"
All is Forgiven
Paul Reiser Out on a Whim
Rap Master Ronnie: A Report Card
Sesame Street Nina the Nice
Episode 2648: "Bob accompanies Oscar to Grouchytown"; archival footage
Tales from the Crypt Judy
Episode: " Judy, You're Not Yourself Today"
Tiny Toon Adventures Ollie (voice)
Episode: " A Quack in the Quarks"
American Dreamer Lillian Abernathy
Episodes: "The Crash: Part 1", "The Crash: Part 2"
Brooklyn Bridge Aunt Sylvia
The Ray Bradbury Theater Polly
Episode: " Tomorrow's Child"
When a Stranger Calls Back Jill Johnson
Episode: "Stepping Back"
Episode: " The Marine Biologist"
Aladdin Brawnhilda (voice)
Episodes: " Stinkerbelle", " Smells Like Trouble"
Empty Nest Shelby
Episode: " The Courtship of Carol's Father"
A.J.'s Time Travelers Emily Roebling
Episode: "Brooklyn Bridge"
Dad, the Angel & Me
Napoleon Spider (voice)
Freaky Friday Leanne Futterman
Chicago Hope Marguerite Birch
Episode: " Stand" Nominated— Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (1986)
Ellen Lily Penney
Episode: " A Penney Saved"
Pearl Annie Caraldo
Hey Arnold! Emily Dickinson Trophy (voice)
Episode: " Freeze Frame/Phoebe Cheats"
The Tony Danza Show Simka Gravaas
Episode: "The Milk Run"
Homicide: Life on the Street Gwen Munch
Episode: " All Is Bright"
Merry Christmas, George Bailey
Cousin Tilly/Mrs. Hatch
The First Seven Years
Adventures from the Book of Virtues The Beetle (voice)
Noddy Tooth Fairy
Episode: "The Tooth Fairy"
Noah's Ark Sarah
Blue's Clues Little Miss Muffet (voice)
Episode: "Blue's Big Treasure Hunt"
Beggars and Choosers Lydia Luddin
As Told by Ginger Maude
Episodes: " I Spy a Witch"; " Carl and Maude"
Family Guy Carol (voice)
Episode: " Emission Impossible"
That's Life Gloria
Episode: "Baum's Thesis"
The Grubbs Sophie Grubb
Hope & Faith Cornelia Rackett
Episode: " Faith Scare-Field"
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Mrs. Claus
Episode: " Billy and Mandy Save Christmas"
The Year Without a Santa Claus Mother Nature
Television film; cameo
Two and a Half Men Shelly
Episodes: " Thank God for Scoliosis"; " David Copperfield Slipped Me a Roofie"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Gwen Munch
Episodes: " Zebras", "Wonderland Story"
Episode: " Mr. Monk Is the Best Man"
Ugly Betty Lena Korvinka
Episode: " All the World's a Stage"
Phineas and Ferb Nana Shapiro (voice)
Dora the Explorer Grandma Troll (voice)
Episode: "The Grumpy Old Troll Gets Married"
Jake and the Never Land Pirates Sea Witch (voice)
Episode: "It's Back"
Anger Management Carol
Episode: "Charlie and His New Friend with Benefits"
Gotham Gertrud Kapelput
Recurring guest; 10 episodes
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Lillian Kaushtupper
Main role; 41 episodes
Episode: "Given to Fly"
OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes Ginger (voice)
Episode: "One Last Score"
Halt and Catch Fire Denise
Episode: "Ten of Swords"
Star vs. the Forces of Evil Dr. Jelly Goodwell (voice)
Episode: "Princess Turdina/Starfari"
Pinkalicious & Peterrific Edna (voice)
Episode: "Sidewalk Art/Gnome at Home"
Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure Madam Canardist (voice)
Episode: "Vigor the Visionary"
Vampirina Madame Spook (voice)
Episode: "Countess Vee/Frights Camera Action"
Animals. Chompy (voice)
F is for Family Sue's Mother (voice)
Episode: "Summer Vacation"
The Hunt Mindy Markowitz
Upcoming TV series
"This is My Night" (1985) – Mimi in
Chaka Khan music video (2005–2009; 2013–2014) – Madame Morrible (Various productions) Wicked
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