Jane Carr


Actor

About

Birth Place
Essex, England, GB
Born
August 13, 1950
Died
September 29, 1957

Biography

This 'very British' actor, who can twirl comedy with her wide-eyes closed, is best known to American audiences as the warm and loving Louise Mercer, the singles support group leader on Judd Hirsch's series, "Dear John" (NBC, 1988-92). Jane Carr may also be remembered by cinephiles as Mary McGregor, the schoolgirl inspired by her schoolteacher to join the Fascist cause and dies in the pro...

Family & Companions

Mark Arnott
Husband
Actor. Married in May 1987.

Notes

Not to be confused with the British actress Jane Carr (1909-1957) who appeared in features from the 1930s through the 1950s.

Biography

This 'very British' actor, who can twirl comedy with her wide-eyes closed, is best known to American audiences as the warm and loving Louise Mercer, the singles support group leader on Judd Hirsch's series, "Dear John" (NBC, 1988-92). Jane Carr may also be remembered by cinephiles as Mary McGregor, the schoolgirl inspired by her schoolteacher to join the Fascist cause and dies in the process in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" (1969), a role she originated on the London stage, and as Angela Lansbury's ugly-duckling daughter in the dark comedy "Something for Everyone" (1970).

The petite, dark-haired, pudgy Carr began acting in theatre when she was just past the schoolgirl age she was portraying, making her debut at the age of 15 in the Sheffield Playhouse production of "The Spider's Web." It was not until 1986 that she ventured to the US when she played several key roles (Fanny Squeers, Miss Snevelilli, and Peg Sliderskew) in the heralded revival production of "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby" which played Broadway and toured the US. Carr remained in Los Angeles when the troupe returned to England and began acting in TV projects, returning to the L.A. stage in a 1995 production of "She Stoops to Conquer," for which she won a Los Angeles Critics Award.

Prior to her TV work in America, Carr had made appearances on British productions, including the famed series "Upstairs, Downstairs," and acted with Lord Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright in the BBC production of "What Mad Pursuit." Her first American TV-movie was the less high-brow "Return of the Shaggy Dog" (ABC, 1987) for Disney and after her sitcom success, she found a niche doing voices for animated series, including "The Fantastic Four."

Life Events

1958

First screen appearance as an extra

1964

Made stage debut in "The Spider's Web"

1965

Made London stage debut in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" as Mary McGregor

1969

Reprised role of Mary McGregor in film version of "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie"

1979

Served as president, Interim Theatre for the Deaf

1986

Made Broadway debut in "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby"

1994

Provided voices for animated series, "Fantastic Four"

1996

Earned raves for L.A. stage appearance in "Lettice and Lovage"

Family

Patrick Carr
Father
Steel erector.
Gwendoline Rose Carr
Mother
Postal worker.
Dashel James Arnott
Son
Born in February 1989.

Companions

Mark Arnott
Husband
Actor. Married in May 1987.

Bibliography

Notes

Not to be confused with the British actress Jane Carr (1909-1957) who appeared in features from the 1930s through the 1950s.