'She taught me about second acts': Alec Baldwin announces mother Carol's death at 92

Carol Baldwin was diagnosed with cancer in 1991 and supported several cancer research projects throughout her life afterwards


                            'She taught me about second acts': Alec Baldwin announces mother Carol's death at 92
Carol Baldwin died at 92 on May 26, 2022 (Photo by Instagram/alecbaldwininsta and Keith Bedford/Getty Images)
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Alec Baldwin's mother Carol Baldwin died on Thursday, May 26 in Syracuse, New York, at the age of 92, the actor revealed in an Instagram post. Alec Baldwin stated, "It is with the deepest regret that my family posts the following statement," along with an obituary written by his family, including brothers Stephen, William, and Daniel.

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"Carol M. Baldwin, mother of actors Alec, Daniel, William and Stephen Baldwin and two daughters, Elizabeth and Jane, died today in Syracuse, New York. She was 92," the obituary stated. "Born Carol Newcomb Martineau, in Syracuse on December 15, 1929, she was the child of Roy and Marion Martineau and had one brother, Daniel, and five sisters, Patricia, Joan, Diane, Louise and Rebecca."

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"She met her future husband, Alexander R. Baldwin Jr., of Brooklyn, NY, while both attended Syracuse University," the statement said. "In 1954, Alec, as the father was also called, moved the family to Long Island where he taught history and coached football and riflery at Massapequa High School until his death, at age 55, in 1983." Carol raised all her children and then "went to work in marketing research for a firm called Quick Test, operating out of a local shopping mall" when her youngest was a teen, according to the obituary.

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Carol was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1991. "After she survived, she joined with a group of Long Island-wide breast cancer support groups to launch an effort with SUNY Stony Brook. With the support of the university's then president, Shirley Strum Kenny, the Carol M Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund was opened on the campus at Stony Brook. Another chapter was started some years later in cooperation with SUNY Upstate University. The combined efforts have raised millions of dollars for the cause."

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In the statement, Alec also reflected on the impact his mother had on his life and career. "My mother taught me about second acts. And third ones, too. She spent the last 25 years of her life as a fighter and a champion for the cause to which she devoted so much energy. We are all enormously proud of her accomplishments."

Carol has 25 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren in addition to her six children. Details regarding her memorial arrangements have yet to be released, but it is known that the service will be held as early as feasible.

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Breast Cancer Research Fund chairwoman and Baldwin family matriarch Carol M. Baldwin attends the Hamptons Auto Classic & Hamptons Concours D'Elegance on May 26, 2002 (Photo By Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)