|Born in New York in 1945, Carol Schlanger first became involved in theater while studying English Literature at the University of Glasgow. After receiving her BA from the City College of New York, she attended the Yale School of Drama and was subsequently hired by Paul Sills, the master of Improvisational and "Story Theater" technique to help develop his Ovid's Metamorphosis at the Body Politic in Chicago. At 23, she received an Obie nomination for her "virtuoso" turn as the "American Housewife" a segment she both wrote and performed as part of the American Pig review, with a cast that included Henry Winkler, Jill Eikenberry, James Naughton and James Keach. While still living in New York she wrote and starred in the film short Eating directed by Claudia Weil which featured Stoccard Channing. At 24, she dropped out of conventional theater and urban living for a rural, alternative life style in coastal Oregon where she created Once Upon a Tomato an ecological based children's radio show syndicated throughout the Northwest. In 1972 she returned to New York for a brief time period to create and perform with The Chamanski Sisters, a three woman comedy team, who performed at the Village Gate, Town Hall, and in colleges throughout the East Coast.
In 1974, she Carol left rural Oregon and her hippie life style for Los Angeles where she appeared as the Dark Lady in Susan Yankowitz's True Romances at the Mark Taper Two with Peter Riegert, Tom Skerritt, Alix Elias, Regina Bath and created the segment On The Spot for Lynn Littman's Emmy nominated Airwoman for KCET Public Television. Following the birth of her first child, she joined a childcare co-operative in Venice, California and in 1975; she was "discovered" by fellow member Jane Fonda who recommended her for the role of Carole Harmon in The China Syndrome. After which, Carol was cast as Rachel in The Frisco Kid with Gene Wilder.
After the birth of her second child, Carol's focus centered more on writing and her spec television pilot Bubble Bubble, garnered her introduction to writing partner Carl Gottlieb (Jaws) with whom she wrote the screenplay, Women in Luck. She then was hired by Imagine Entertainment for the television comedy series My Talk Show, starring Cynthia Stevenson ( 33 Episodes) and wrote the original sit-com pilots, Back to the Garden, and Hello Pilgrim for CBS. In 1994 her one woman play Mouth to Mouth, produced by Ted Danson at Theatre Geo received 2 Drama-logue Critic's awards for acting and writing. Her plays, Baba Yaga (Black Dahlia) Will You Still Feed Me? ( Yale Connection) , Valley of the Shadow of Beth ( Ivy Sub Station) Last Dance ( Open Space, NY) and Redemption Song (Women Seeking-Published 2008 for the ICWP) have been successfully performed both in New York and Los Angeles. As a writer/performer, her spoken word performances are in great demand throughout Los Angeles, in venues such as Word Theater, Every Picture Tells a Story, I Love a Good Story, SPARC and Cornucopia.
Most recently (2007) Carol won first prize at the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights' monologue slam, appeared in You Don't Mess With the Zohan, with Adam Sandler and is at work on her creative non-fiction book Far Out chronicling her 5 years of communal living in backwoods Oregon. She has been married for 35 years to Clinton Helvey and has two adult children, David Huckelberry and Sierra Ruth.