Carolyn Inez McCormick
September 19, 1959
Midland, Texas, United States
|Alma mater||Williams College|
|Spouse(s)||Byron Jennings (?–present; 2 sons)|
Life and career
McCormick was born and raised in Midland, Texas, and graduated first in her class from The Kinkaid School in Houston in 1977. She graduated with honors from Williams College in 1981 with a B.F.A. She also holds an M.F.A. from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. She has worked in television, movies, theatre, and voice acting.
Her breakthrough role was Enemy Mine directed by Wolfgang Petersen with Dennis Quaid. Her other film credits include Woody Allen's Whatever Works, You Know My Name with Sam Elliott, and A Simple Twist of Fate with Steve Martin.
Her first notable television credit was district attorney Rita Fiore in Spenser: For Hire, a role she played from 1986 to 1987. She appeared as the holodeck simulation Minuet in "11001001", a first-season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and later as Minuet Riker (William Riker's wife) in a fantasy-alternate universe during the fourth-season episode "Future Imperfect". The role she would become best known for was on NBC network as Dr. Elizabeth Olivet on Law & Order, appearing in approximately half of the series episodes between 1994 and 2006. In 1997, she played the unhappy wife of a police psychiatrist played by Robert Pastorelli in the short-lived Americanized version of the British series Cracker. She has been a guest star on series including Madam Secretary, Elementary, Blue Bloods, Judging Amy, The Practice, Body of Proof, Cold Case, Homicide: Life on the Street, and LA Law.
She also performs on stage. She appeared at the Off-Broadway Cherry Lane Theatre in Eve-olution with The Cosby Show star Sabrina Le Beauf in 2004. She has also appeared in Dinner with Friends, Oedipus, Ancestral Voices, The Donahue Sisters, Laureen's Whereabouts and In Perpetuity. She worked with Thomas Kail at The Flea Theatre in A. R. Gurney's Family Furniture (2013). In 2015 she appeared in Vanya, Sonya, Masha and Spike at the PaperMill Playhouse and What I Did Last Summer at the Signature 2015. She appeared in the Broadway productions of The Dinner Party in 2001 as Mariette Levieux, Private Lives (standby) in 2002, and in Equus in 2008 as Dora Strang. In 2012 she appeared opposite her husband, Byron Jennings, in the Off-Broadway production of Ten Chimneys. She appeared Off-Broadway in Will Eno's play The Open House in 2014 (Lucille Lortel nomination, Drama Desk Award). She has recorded many audio books, including the Hunger Games series, and has narrated many Ken Burns documentaries.
|1986–1987||Spenser: For Hire||Asst. Dist. Atty. Rita Fiore||22 episodes|
|1988–1990||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Minuet||2 episodes|
|1991–2009||Law & Order||Dr. Elizabeth Olivet||87 episodes (1991–1997, 1999, 2002–2010)|
|1993||Rain Without Thunder||Reporter|
|1994||A Simple Twist of Fate||Elaine McCann|
|1996||Homicide: Life on the Street||Linda Mariner||2 episodes|
|1997–1999||Cracker||Judith Fitzgerald||16 episodes|
|1998||The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy||Rula Kor||TV movie|
|1999||You Know My Name||Zoe|
|1999–2001, 2013–2018||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Dr. Elizabeth Olivet||6 episodes|
|2000||Deus Ex||Anna Navarre / Janice Reed / Maggie Chow / Agathe / Aimee / Annette / Dr. Brittany Prinzler / Female Clinic Bum / MJ12 Lab Assistant / MJ12 Lab Bio-Weapon Scientist / MJ12 Lab Computer Scientist / MJ12 Lab Genetic Scientist / MJ12 Lab Psionics Scientist / Mole Female||Video game|
|2001||Women Docs||Narrator||Unknown episodes|
|2001–2004||Judging Amy||AAG Ellis Bonham||3 episodes|
|2002||Emmett's Mark||Mrs. Carlin|
|This Is Not a Chair||Mrs. Morrison||Short film|
|2005||Loverboy||Ruth the Realtor|
|Law & Order: Trial by Jury||Dr. Elizabeth Olivet||Episode: "Day|
|2006||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Dr. Elizabeth Olivet||2 episodes|
|2007||Cold Case||Elizabeth Stone||1 episode|
|2008||Nights in Rodanthe||Jenny|
|The National Parks: America's Best Idea||Various historical figures (voice)|
|The Hunger Games||Audiobook Narrator|
|Catching Fire||Audiobook Narrator|
|True Nature||Becky Pascal|
|One Life to Live||Judge Burdett||3 episodes|
|2011||Body of Proof||Gwen Baldwin||Episode: "Dead Man Walking"|
|The Miraculous Year||The Realtor|
|2012||The Dust Bowl||Caroline Henderson (voice)||4 episodes|
|2013||Blue Bloods||Joyce Powers||1 episode|
|Murder in Manhattan||Laura|
|2014||Mind Games||Victoria Hood||1 episode|
|2015||Elementary||Denise Davis||1 episode|
|2016||Madam Secretary||White House Doctor||1 episode|
|The Interestings||Betsy Wolf|
|2017||The Blacklist: Redemption||Meryl Jensen||1 episode|
|Billions||Investment banker||1 episode|
|2018||Bull||Judge Marion Stalder||1 episode|
- "Married Couple Byron Jennings and Carolyn McCormick to Star in Lunt and Fontanne Bio-Play Ten Chimneys". Broadway.com. August 22, 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
- Carolyn Mccormick Biography (1959-) filmreference.com
- www.carolynmccormick.com Official site
- "Carolyn McCormick Theatre Credits". Broadway World. Wisdom Digital Media. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
- Gans, Andrew. "'Eve-Olution'—with 'Cosby' Star Le Beauf—to Close Dec. 12" Archived March 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, December 8, 2004
- "Broadway credits" Internet Broadway Database, accessed March 4, 2014
- Gans, Andrew. "Byron Jennings and Carolyn McCormick Are The Lunts in Off-Broadway's Ten Chimneys, Opening Oct. 3" Archived May 30, 2013, at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, October 3, 2012
- Murray, Matthew. "Off-Broadway Review. Open House" talkinbroadway.com, March 3, 2014
- McCormick's hair was bleached blonde for this role. She had been recruited to take over for Barbara Stock's character of Susan Silverman, Spenser's girlfriend in the stories. This proved to be an unpopular decision, and Stock returned the next season.