Janet Carroll is best known as an actress, having appeared in a long list of television, stage and movie productions. Music, however, is also one of her loves, and she has an affinity for jazz and the blues. She has put out a trio of albums, with more in the works, and for two decades she has sung at numerous North American jazz festivals in cities ranging from New Orleans and Monterey in the U.S. to Vancouver and Victoria in Canada. At the Redding Jazz Festival, she was honored with an award for Best Vocalist. Her appearances feature backing by a seven-piece band playing.
Carroll's first major film role came when she was cast in Risky Business as parent to a teenaged Tom Cruise. More film roles followed, casting her alongside such leading men as Sean Connery, Michael York, Henry Winkler, Matthew Broderick, Edward James Olmos, Beau Bridges, Keifer Sutherland, and Dustin Hoffman, among others. Her television appearances include Murphy Brown, Married With Children, and Melrose Place, as well as numerous movies of the week. Before landing in Hollywood, she appeared on stage in many musical theater productions, among them South Pacific, Mame, Pajama Game, Annie Get Your Gun, and The Sound of Music. Her appearance in Elektra garnered a Drama League Award.