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Carol Speed

Actress, Soundtrack
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Net worth 2018: Under Review
Industry: Actress
Residence:  Bakersfield, California, USA
BirthDay: 14 March 1945
Sigh: Aries
BIOGRAPHY

Cute, bubbly and adorable actress Carol Speed achieved a considerable amount of cult cinema popularity with her often lively and delightful contributions to a handful of enjoyably down'n'dirty 1970s blaxploitation features.She was born Carolyn Stewart on March 14, 1945, in Bakersfield, California. She holds the distinction of being the first black homecoming queen in Santa Clara County and was one of the first black people to receive a scholarship for the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Carol got her start in show business as a back-up singer for Bobbie Gentry at Harrah's club in Reno, Nevada. She made her film debut as a hooker in The New Centurions (1972). Speed's most memorable movie roles include sassy prison inmate Mickie in Jack Hill's hilarious babes-behind-bars parody The Big Bird Cage (1972), pimp Max Julien's loyal prostitute girlfriend Lulu in the terrific The Mack (1973), sarcastic rock groupie Janyce in Bummer (1973), club owner Rockne Tarkington's sweet gal pal Leslie in the fun Black Samson (1974) and deaf-mute Sarah in Al Adamson's Dynamite Brothers (1974).Carol gave an especially inspired and impressive performance as a minister's innocent wife who becomes possessed by the malevolent spirit of an evil demon in William Girdler's immensely entertaining horror flick Abby (1974). She had a recurring part on the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives (1965) in the summer of 1970. Moreover, she made a guest appearance on an episode of Sanford and Son (1972), has appeared in several TV commercials and pops up in the made-for-TV films The Girls of Huntington House (1973), Love Hate Love (1971), Tenafly (1973), Getting Away from It All (1972) and The Psychiatrist (1970).Outside of acting, Carol is also a successful writer (she's the author of the books "Inside Black Hollywood" and "The Georgette Harvey Story"), singer and songwriter (she sings her own compositions "I Can Make It" in "The Girls of Huntington House" and "My Soul Is A Witness" in "Abby"). After taking a regrettably lengthy hiatus from acting following Disco Godfather (1979) (she was slated to do a small role in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown (1997), but backed out at the last minute), Speed made a welcome comeback with a supporting part in the independent thriller Village Vengeance (2006).Carol Speed now lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

TIMELINE
1997

According to Quentin Tarantino, Carol originally helped out in making his film Jackie Brown (1997) and was willing to play a small cameo part in the film

1979

After taking a regrettably lengthy hiatus from acting following Disco Godfather (1979) (she was slated to do a small role in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown (1997), but backed out at the last minute), Speed made a welcome comeback with a supporting part in the independent thriller Village Vengeance (2006)

1974

Wrote and performed "My Soul Is A Witness" for the soundtrack of Abby (1974)

1973

She wrote and performed "I Can Make It" for The Girls of Huntington House (1973)

1972

Moreover, she made a guest appearance on an episode of Sanford and Son (1972), has appeared in several TV commercials and pops up in the made-for-TV films The Girls of Huntington House (1973), Love Hate Love (1971), Tenafly (1973), Getting Away from It All (1972) and The Psychiatrist (1970)

1970

One of the first creative jobs she had in Hollywood was doing voices for crowd scenes in Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970), directed by Ossie Davis

1965

She had a recurring part on the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives (1965) in the summer of 1970

1945

She was born Carolyn Stewart on March 14, 1945, in Bakersfield, California

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