Carroll Baker is an American film, stage, and television actress. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Baker's range of roles from naive ingenues to brash and flamboyant women established her as both a serious dramatic actress and a blonde bombshell. While performing on Broadway in 1954, she was discovered by director Elia Kazan who cast her as the lead in Tennessee Williams's Baby Doll. Her role in the film as a sexually-repressed Southern bride lent Baker overnight notoriety and earned her BAFTA and Academy Award nominations for Best Actress, as well as a Golden Globe award for Most Promising Newcomer that year.\nOther notable early roles included in Giant and But Not for Me, as well as critically acclaimed westerns such as The Big Country, How the West Was Won, and Cheyenne Autumn. In the mid-1960s, Baker became an established sex symbol for her roles in The Carpetbaggers, Sylvia, and Harlow.