Caroline Sunshine is one of those names that has hung around for a long time. She is remembered best as a dancer with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the early nineteen hundreds. Now she is recognized as a singer, actress, and author with many honors to her credit. Born in Ohio, she was a childhood sweetheart of Josephine Kinderhook, who was an attractive and talented showgirl.
When her father became ill, Caroline spent most of her time at home in Ohio. She was also a great athlete in high school, running the 100 meters in a time of 12 seconds. After high school, she joined The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, but eventually went on to star in her own musical creations including “Caroline Sunshine” with Joanna Shea and “Caroline, Sunshine, Carol” with her former husband, Howard Roberts. In fact, both “Caroline Sunshine” and “Carol, Sunshine, Carol” became Number One in Canada and America, respectively.
When her marriage to Howard ended in divorce, Caroline Sunshine decided to pursue her musical career, first in England, then in California. She had a string of hits there, including the cover versions of “Ocean” and “My Heart Has Left Me” and “Mystery Train,” and then broke up with Howard Shore in 1996. Four years later, she went back to the studio with her former partner, this time with the guy she had just broke up with, Matt Stumme. The couple got back together but didn’t record any of their songs during their marriage, which may have been related to the tension between the two bandmates.
Caroline Sunshine Measurements
|Figure Measurements||32-23-33 inches|
|Body Size||32 inches|
|Waist Size||24 inches (60 cm)|
|Hips Size||33 inches (84 cm)|
|Shoe Size||8 (US)|
|Height||5 feet 3 inch (161 cm)|
|Weight||52 kg (115 lbs.)|
In the late eighties, she began working as a writer in Los Angeles, which put her in contact with many famous people, most notably the pop artist Madonna. It was while working with her that Sunshine began to develop an admiration for the star, which eventually led to her starring in the movie version of “Cable Guy.” This led to various other roles in movies, including one in which she played the title role opposite James Belushi in “billed below” from Doors. Later, she would voice a large role in the film adaptation of the book “Diary of a Mad Woman,” as well as the animated film “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” which she also starred in. This puts Caroline Sunshine in some pretty elite company: She’s credited with coining the term “girlie girls” and she’s even made several guest appearances on “How I Live Now.”
It was around this time that “Caroline Sunshine” became a television staple, appearing in numerous different incarnations, from spin-off flicks to popular series like “The Suite Life of Mr. Pickle” and “The Perfect Score.” The film version of the series went on to become one of the most successful shows of all-time, in fact earning nearly twice as much as “Diary of a Madwoman” did in its heyday. The show also spawned a sequel to “Caroline Sunshine” in 1980, entitled “Caroline Sunshine II.” Though not nearly as successful, it still managed to remain just as popular as the original, with the same number of episodes.
What many do not realize about “Caroline Sunshine” is that it was born out of the ashes of “Diaries of a Mad Girl.” In that movie, the character was played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, who was very much associated with the characters portrayed in the late seventies and early eighties by her own mother, Mildred Sunshine. She would visit Mildred whenever Caroline was young, as it was always the same, so when the pair moved to California they would stay behind. Eventually, they moved back to Mildred’s hometown in Georgia, and there “Diaries” became a book they worked on together.