JANET CARROLL is one of Hollywood?s busiest performers, constantly in demand for film, television, stage and recording projects. She was classically trained in every area of performance art in her hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Vocally, Janet began classical training at age 12 with Dr. Greta Allum, and continues building and expanding her voice and repertoire in formal study with Douglas Susu-Mago. With a fluent 3-1/2 octave range, Janet adeptly sings everything from opera to jazz and Broadway to gospel and Dixieland. Accompanied by her seven-piece swing, traditional, blues and jazz band, Janet performs at Jazz Festivals throughout the United States and Canada, as well as many performing art centers. She was the recipient of the ?Best Vocalist Award? from the Redding Jazz Festival and has been given rave reviews by fans and critics alike for her one-woman concerts and cabaret appearances. In addition, for the past four years Janet has been a first soprano with the esteemed Canterbury Choral Society of New York, performing works by composers as varied as Brahms, Bach, Hadyn ? to Leonard Bernstein. She has released four vocal jazz albums, the most recent -- titled LADY BE GOOD -- is available at FEINSTEIN'S and at ArborsRecords.com.
Janet?s musical stage career includes starring opposite Sutton Foster and Maureen McGovern in the original Broadway musical, ?Little Women,?directed by Susan Schulman (she?s featured on the Broadway cast album). She?s not stopped appearing on stage since graduating from high school ? with leading roles in legitimate and musical theatre including ?Mame,? ?Gypsy,? ?Hello Dolly!? ?Guys and Dolls,? ?South Pacific,? ?Pajama Game,? ?Damn Yankees,? ?West Side Story,? ?Carousel.? ?The Sound of Music,? ?My Fair Lady,? and ?Funny Girl.? She appeared in eight major musicals every summer for five years at the legendary Kansas City Starlight Theatre.
Janet?s first feature film is the role for which she'll always be remembered --playing Tom Cruise?s Mom in the classic, Risky Business. Over 50 other features have shown her in a wonderful 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 Braccho, Memories Of Me with Jobeth Williams and Billy Crystal, the Dreamworks? comedy Forces of Nature opposite Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock, and All You Need (named Best Picture in five film festivals). Soon to be released are My Guaranteed Student Loan and You Can't Have It All.
Janet has 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.
In addition to numerous appearances on various Movies of the Week, a few of her noted guest star appearances have been on ?Brothers & Sisters? ?Scrubs? ?Ally McBeal,? ?Judging Amy,? ?Beverly Hills 90210,? ?Third Rock From The Sun,? ?Mad About You,? and ?Designing Women.? Janet won Los Angeles? coveted Drama-Logue 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).
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 is the co-founder of The Victory Ball in Westport, Connecticut, annually benefiting the ALS Foundation (Lou Gehrig?s Disease). In 2004, she was the featured performer at the Porrath Foundation for Cancer Patient Advocacy Event tribute to film star Rhonda Fleming. She served on the Executive Board of Directors of Ginny Mancini?s Society of Singers as VP of Development. This organization provides emergency aid to professional singers worldwide, 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 SOS!