Great summary on the career of one of the 60's best icons. Baker was a very talented actress capable of a wide range of roles and genres. I was 5 in , as well, and vividly recall when movie blockbusters, such as Babydoll and The Carpetbaggers, were first broadcast on network TV. Back then, with only the three big networks to watch, most people in the US were doing exactly the same thing at the same time. It was a great era for movies and music.
Carroll Baker – The Italian Years
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Michael was a student with me at SMU where we both did our Masters degrees. This sent me down a short memory lane to an iconography project that I did for Dr. Carol Reynolds. You should check out her site here. So, I was rooting around in the bowels of the library and discovered Robert Crafts book with images of Stravinsky. Stravinsky always kept himself in good physical condition by doing gymnastics. In any case, Stravinsky was impressed enough to preserve some photos of himself of which he was apparently very proud.
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Who was that guy he would talk to on the phone? What operation was he going to have?? I had never thought much about acting as a craft. I knew what I liked, I loved movies, I loved playing make-believe, but it was the one-two punch of East of Eden and Dog Day Afternoon that made me think to myself: I want to know more about acting. How did James Dean DO what he did in that movie?
In the late fifties and early sixties petite pretty baby doll blondes were all the rage with young movie fans. Sandra Dee and Connie Stevens, always playing the good or mixed up adolescent with big romantic problems, led the pack of nymphets early in the decade in terms of popularity. Critics, however, favored the most talented Tuesday Weld whose wild teens on screen aped her personal life.