Carol Andrea Rhodes is the older sister of Lily van der Woodsen, and daughter of CeCe and Rick Rhodes. A rebellious teen, Carol moved to L.A after her parents' divorce to find fame and become an actress. She has one daughter, Charlotte 'Charlie' Rhodes, aka Lola.
Lily mentions that Carol lives in Miami. She claims Eric went to visit Carol to hide the fact he was at The Ostroff Center.
In a flashback episode (Valley Girls), it's revealed that after Lily was expelled from school she went to LA to find Carol, who had seemingly abandoned the family. The two spent a while together in LA, where Carol was trying to make it as an actress. Sometime after this, Lily and Carol had a falling out, and Lily left, alluding to her dealing with her unexpected pregnancy. Shortly after this, Carol became pregnant and had a daughter, Charlotte 'Charlie' Rhodes.The Kids Stay in the Picture, Lily's arrest after forging Serena's signature becomes a big scandal. The Van Der Woodsen family, along with CeCe and Carol, are to be photographed for a Modern Royalty book. But due to the scandal, the book cancels the photo. Carol makes her first present day onscreen appearance on the show, and after initially fighting with Lily, the two make amends and catch up. Carol's daughter, Charlie, also visits the family, much to Carol's dismay. Charlie asks to stay in Manhattan while Carol returns to Miami. Carol doesn't like the idea, but she eventually agrees to let Charlie stay.
In The Wrong Goodbye, Charlie stops taking her medication and has an apparent breakdown, which prompts her to leave Manhattan and return to Miami. When she returns to Miami, she is greeted by Carol when getting off the bus. Charlie hands Carol a duffel bag, revealed to be full of the trust fund checkbooks. Carol says, "Thank you Ivy, you played your part perfectly." This shows she isn't the real Charlie, and was instead a hired actress Carol paid to get access to her real daughter's trust fund.
In The Jewel of Denial, Carol returns to the city to confront Ivy for trying to use some of Charlie's trust fund money. She tries to blackmail her, but Ivy reminds her that if Carol ever reveals who she really is, she'll make sure Carol goes down too. Realizing she's right, Carol reluctantly lets Ivy stay and assume Charlie's identity.
In Rhodes to Perdition, Ivy's ex boyfriend Max Harding threatens to expose her real identity, after figuring out who the real Charlie is, but Carol is able to stop him in time. When CeCe dies in Cross Rhodes, the real Charlie, who now goes by Lola, exposes Ivy as a fraud and everyone realizes Carol was scheming the whole time to get her daughter's money. In Con-Heir, when she's left out of CeCe's will, she blackmails William van der Woodsen, by revealing to him that Lola is his daughter, alluding to their affair when he was still married to Lily. When Lily finds out in Despicable B, she sets up Carol to reveal her scheme to the police, who arrest her. Her last appearance is in The Return of the Ring, where she signs over her half of CeCe's estate to William, who returns it to Lola.
- Lola Rhodes (daughter)
- William van der Woodsen (affair / one night stand; 1 child)
- Bart Bass (one night stand; unconfirmed)
- Season 2
- Valley Girls (in flashbacks, portrayed by Krysten Ritter)
- Season 4
- Season 5