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Carolyn L. Elias (born 24 September 1938; age 80) is a hair stylist who worked on the Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes "Silicon Avatar" and "Firstborn" and the feature film Star Trek Generations. For her work on "Firstborn", she received an Emmy Award nomination in the category Outstanding Individual Achievement in Hairstyling for a Series in 1994 which she shared with Joy Zapata, Patricia Miller, Laura Connolly, Don Sheldon, and Susan Zietlow-Maust.
Born in Burbank, California, USA, Elias is the sister of stuntman Lou Elias and actor James Stacy. She also received Emmy Award nominations for her work on the television drama Haywire (1980), the television thriller Blind Faith (1990), and the television mini series Lucky Chances (1991, shared with Barbara Lampson).
Elias started to work in the entertainment industry in the 1970s with credits on the western Santee (1973), the television series Serpico (1976), and the television movies Mary White (1977) and The Gathering (1977). Further work includes the fantasy comedy The Girl, the Gold Watch & Dynamite (1981), the television thriller Killing at Hell's Gate (1981), the television drama Divorce Wars: A Love Story (1982), the comedy Second Thoughts (1983), the horror film Dance of the Dwarfs (1984, with Craig Reardon), the television series Magnum, P.I. (1982), Jake and the Fatman (1987), and Cagney & Lacey (1983-1988), the fantasy romance Always (1989, with James Lee McCoy and Dione Taylor), the horror film Arachnophobia (1990, with James Lee McCoy, Dione Taylor, and David Quashnick), the comedy Life Stinks (1991, with Mark Bussan), the thriller Unlawful Entry (1992), the horror film Body Bags (1993), several Columbo movies (1989-1993), the drama Apollo 13 (1995), the music drama That Thing You Do! (1996, with Janice Alexander, Audrey L. Anzures, and Norma Lee), the science fiction film Contact (1997, with Janice Alexander, Audrey L. Anzures, and Vivian McAteer), the fantasy drama Pleasantville (1998), the music drama Almost Famous (2000), the drama Thirteen Days (2000), and the comedy The Princess Diaries (2001, with Janice Alexander and Carol A. O'Connell).
More recent work includes the comic adaptation Spider-Man (2002), the science fiction sequel Men in Black II (2002), the crime comedy Catch Me If You Can (2002), the comic adaptation Hulk (2003), the sport drama Seabiscuit (2003, with Carol A. O'Connell, Art Anthony, Michael F. Blake, and Elaina P. Schulman), the comedy sequel The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004), the remake Starsky & Hutch (2004, with Kathrine Gordon, Shawn McKay, Francisco X. Pérez, Carol A. O'Connell, and Erwin H. Kupitz), the drama The Aviator (2004), and George Clooney's drama Good Night, And Good Luck. (2005).