For our whole lives we have been asking ourselves where in the world is Carmen Sandiego hiding!?
Well it turns out someone FINALLY found her.
International thief Carmen was the star of the kids TV game show Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego, as well as the massively popular computer game franchise. The aim of both franchises was to track down Carmen’s location using your geography knowledge and problem solving skills.
The TV series ran from 1991 to 1995, and it was epic.
While Carmen took a cartoon format in the games, on the TV series she was played by a real person. But the identity of the actress was kept a secret, with her name never listed in the credits and her face always partially covered by a hat.
Huffington Post writer Todd Van Luling set out to find her, and after a lot of searching he discovered that Carmen Sandiego was portrayed by Janine LaManna. She also played a variety of other characters throughout the first season of the show, but left to pursue a theatre career.
It was Janine’s first big role, and she went on to become a successful Broadway star. She’s now married and has two children…and spends most of her time travelling, just like Carmen!
“I can’t really say that I’m in one place or the other, because it could change in a week,” she said.
Don’t you worry… we’ll find you Carmen.