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Carole Davis

Carole Davis
Born
Carole Raphaelle Davis

(1958-02-17) 17 February 1958 (age 61)
London, England, U.K.
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Nice, France
OccupationModel, actress, singer/songwriter, writer
Stewart Eisenberg (m. 1989–2004)

Robert Saland (m. 2004–2005)

Kevin Rooney (m. 2006)
Children1

Carole Raphaelle Davis (born 17 February 1958) is a model, actress, singer/songwriter and writer.

Life and career

Davis was born in London, England to a French mother and American father. As a child, she spent some time in Scotland, France, Italy and Thailand, before moving to New York City as a teenager. She attended the City University of New York, majoring in Chinese studies and political science. She then completed the two-year programme at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.

Modeling

In 1978, Davis posed for Playboy. In 1980, she posed for Penthouse magazine under the name Tamara Kapitas,[1] becoming Penthouse Pet of the Month in January 1980 and a runner-up for Pet of the Year in 1981.

Acting

As an actress, Davis' first feature film was in James Cameron's horror film Piranha II: The Spawning (1982).[2] Later in the 1980s, she appeared in the comedy film The Flamingo Kid (1984). Her best known film role came as Roxie Shield, the vengeful ex-girlfriend in Mannequin (1987), a film that was widely panned by critics but later became a cult classic.[3] She later also appeared in films such as the comedy The Shrimp on the Barbie (1990), the comedy If Looks Could Kill (1991) and The Rapture (1991).

She has made guest appearances on television series such as The A-Team, Star Trek: Voyager, Sex and the City, Angel and more recently in 2 Broke Girls and Madam Secretary.

Music

In 1989, Davis's career as a singer and songwriter took off when she signed with Warner Bros. Records and released her first album "Heart of Gold"[1] which was produced by Nile Rodgers.[4] Her single "Serious Money" (a cover of The O'Jays hit "For the Love of Money") was a dance hit[4] and the video was number one and became the original theme song to the hip hop music video show Rap City on BET. The song's success enabled Davis to tour Europe and Asia and perform in clubs throughout the United States.[4]

As a songwriter, Davis signed a publishing deal with MCA. In Europe, she signed on with Sony France. Davis met Prince in the 1980s and the two developed a friendship, culminating in Davis co-writing Prince's single "Slow Love" for his Grammy Award-nominated album Sign o' the Times.[5] She recorded her own version of the song for Warner Bros. Records but subsequently left the label in 1993 and moved to Atlantic Records, where she self-produced and wrote the album I'm No Angel.[6]

Writing

Davis has written a series of articles on anti-Semitism in Europe for The Jewish Journal.[7] As a novelist, she is the author of The Diary of Jinky, Dog of a Hollywood Wife, a non-fiction humour book about Hollywood excess and human status anxiety written from the point of view of a death-row dog.[8] She has been a contributor for several animal welfare publications including American Dog Magazine, for who she also worked as an investigative journalist. She had an animal welfare column on Newsvine and ran her own blog, Hollywood Dog through Blogspot.

She is the West Coast Director of the Companion Animal Protection Society, a national non-profit organisation that investigates puppy mills and pet stores.[9]

Selected filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1981 C.O.D. Contessa Bazzini
1981 Piranha II: The Spawning Jai
1983 The First Turn-On! Art Teacher Uncredited
1984 The Flamingo Kid Joyce Brody Credited as Carole R. Davis
1987 Mannequin Roxie Shield
1987 The Princess Academy Sonia
1990 The Shrimp on the Barbie Dominique
1991 If Looks Could Kill Areola Canasta
1997 Interruptions Sherrie, the sister
2010 Going the Distance Carmen Credited as Carole Raphaelle Davis

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1984 The A-Team Kalani Episode: "The Island"
1996 3rd Rock from the Sun Aviana Episode: "Lonely Dick"
1996 Star Trek: Voyager Giuseppina Pentangeli Episode: "The Swarm"; Credited as Carole Raphaelle Davis
1998 Sex and the City Amalita Amalfi Episode: "The Power of Female Sex"
2002 Live from Baghdad Mrs. Awatiff HBO TV Movie; Credited as Carole Raphaelle Davis
2004 Angel Ilona Costa Bianchi Episode: "The Girl in Question"; Credited as Carole Raphaelle Davis
2007 Veronica Mars Sabirah Krimani Episode: "Un-American Graffiti"; Credited as Carole Raphaelle Davis
2013 2 Broke Girls Agnes Episode: "And Just Plane Magic"; Credited as Carole Raphaelle Davis
2016-2017 Madam Secretary French Foreign Minister Monique Beauvais Episode: "Snap Back" & "Article 5"; Credited as Carole Raphaelle Davis

References

  1. ^ a b "Carole Davis Discography & Songs". Discogs.
  2. ^ Collis, Clark (18 August 2010). "Fishy Business: The behind-the-scenes story of the 'Piranha' movies (Part II)". Entertainment Weekly.
  3. ^ Susman, Gary (11 February 2017). "22 Things You Didn't Know About 'Mannequin'". Moviefone. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Berman, Nat (27 June 2017). "80s Stars We Miss: Carole Davis". TVOvermind. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ Thompson, Erica (8 March 2018). "Prince Makes 'Slow Love' With Carole R. Davis: 365 Prince Songs in a Year". Diffuser.fm. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ Flick, Larry (8 May 1993). "Things get better for D:Ream; Junior Boy Jams". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 105 (19): 27. ISSN 0006-2510.
  7. ^ "Carole Raphaelle Davis". The Jewish Journal. Retrieved 2011.
  8. ^ "The Diary of Jinky: Dog of a Hollywood Wife". Google Books. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ "Carole Raphaelle Davis, Author and animal rights journalist". Huff Post. Retrieved 2018.

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