Today, Carroll Baker, the actress who was groomed by Warner Brothers to be the next Marilyn Monroe, was born. With a storied career (“Giant,” “The Carpetbaggers,” “Harlow,”) that started as dancer and magician’s assistant, Baker made memorable films in the U.S., Italy, England, Germany, Mexico, and Spain and was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960. She retired from acting in 2003 after 50 years of performing often playing memorable, brash and flamboyant women.
One of Carroll Baker’s most well-known performances (and the one that garnered her only Oscar nomination) was in 1956’s “Baby Doll,” a Tennessee Williams screenplay about two Southern rivals who vie for the affections of 19-year old childlike beauty Baby Doll. And we all know that Tennessee Williams has quite a solid career with some of the most iconic classic films under his belt like “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “Suddenly, Last Summer,” “The Night of the Iguana,” “The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone,” and “Period of Adjustment“ just to name a few.
So today’s question, in honor of Mrs. Baker’s memorable performance in “Baby Doll“ is what is your favorite Tennessee Williams adaptation? Choose from the selections below and if you would want to include a movie, not on the list, use the comment section for additional selections.
You can visit each film’s individual Circuit Movie pages to find out more information about the films, including release dates, cast and crew, and official images from the movies.
What’s your favorite Tennessee Williams adaptation?
- A Streetcar Named Desire
- Suddenly, Last Summer
- Cat On a Hot Tin Roof
- Baby Doll
- The Night of the Iguana
- The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
- Period of Adjustment
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