Carolyn first worked in Rome as Claudia Cardinale's assistant on films including Fellini's 8½, Visconti's The Leopard, and Blake Edwards's The Pink Panther. She then moved to London and started her own public relations company. Her numerous clients included Robert Redford, Barbara Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Francois Truffaut, Robert Altman, The Beatles's company, Apple Corps, Ltd., and Paul McCartney. Moving to Los Angeles, Carolyn formed Alive Films with Shep Gordon. They produced Roadie starring Meatloaf and Return Engagement, a feature documentary about the Timothy Leary & G. Gordon Liddy debates (Alan Rudolph directed both films). Carolyn then joined Chris Blackwell to form Island Alive, a groundbreaking independent production and distribution company that produced and/or released a number of films, including Kiss of the Spider Woman that won the Palm d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival as well as an Academy Award for William Hurt.
Later, as co-chair of Alive Films, Carolyn produced a series of films for the company, including Trouble In Mind and The Moderns (both directed by Alan Rudolph), A Time of Destiny, The Whales of August, Grand Isle, Far North, and Silent Tongue. Alive Films also released a number of films, including the French sensation Betty Blue (an Academy Award nominee) and Maximilian Shell's Marlene (also an Academy Award nominee). Carolyn now resides in Marfa, Texas where she continues her work as producer. She just recently executive produced Far Marfa and the documentary Children of Giant for PBS. She is also producing Django Lives! starring Franco Nero. Carolyn is an active member of the Academy, the former president of IFP West, and was awarded the Pioneer Award by the Lone Star Film Festival in Fort Worth.