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As she struggled to find better roles, Carroll experienced renewed turmoil in her private life. She became romantically linked with television host David Frost, but called off their marriage at the last minute. A week later, she married Freddie Glusman, a store owner. Within months, they were divorced. In 1975, Carroll found perhaps her best role in Claudine, a comedic drama in which she played a single mother of six children in Harlem. Though known as a fashion plate, she embraced the unglamorous role.
Often, at Richard’s urgings, Karen sang at their engagements, though she continued to think of herself as a drummer first. After winning the 1966 Hollywood Battle of the Bands, the group signed a record contract with RCA. The Carpenters and Jacobs recorded two unreleased albums before RCA decided that a jazz group had little commercial viability. As a solo performer, Karen also recorded a single for Magic Lamp, but the small record label went out of business soon after its release. In 1967, Richard formed a new group, Spectrum, with Karen and four other musicians.
By the late 1930s, Barrymore had returned to the theater but did not find a solid role until 1940, when she starred in The Corn Is Green. In her greatest stage success, she played Miss Moffitt, a Welsh schoolteacher determined to educate a young coal miner. Receiving the best reviews of her career, she gave 461 performances on Broadway. While touring with the show, she appeared in the film None But the Lonely Heart opposite Cary Grant. Her performance won her an Oscar as best supporting actress in 1944.
A to Z of American Women in the Performing Arts (Facts On File Library of American History: A to Z of Women) by Liz Sonneborn