Pat Carroll, the Emmy-winning comedian who was a mainstay of television for decades before moving on to a voiceover career that included portraying the evil sea witch Ursula in the little Mermaid, Die. She was 95 years old.
Her daughter, Keri Karsian, said Carol died Saturday of pneumonia at her home in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The Hollywood Reporter.
Carol’s playful personality, screwball wit and impeccable timing, adorable second banana, and red buttons made Jimmy DuranteAnd the Mickey RooneySteve Allen and Charlie Weaver were among those who called on her to make their shows more entertaining. her alien on Caesar’s watch She received an Emmy Award in 1957, and was nominated for her work on the classic variety show the following year.
in 2013 an interview with clip NesterovCarol compared to Howard Morris, Carl Rainer And Mr. Caesar day Caesar’s watch To the legendary Chicago Cubs double-play mix from Tinkers to Evers to Chance.
“I learned a lot about comedy from watching these three work together,” Carroll said. “They have worked together for so long that they have this innate sense of each other’s timing. It was impossible for them to fumble. We did two shows every Saturday night because one was for the West Coast and the other was for the East Coast. If they absolutely hated a sketch, these three would be sitting in Sid’s dressing room with the book and writing an entirely new sketch. Yes wonderful.”
For the next two decades, the blonde blonde always seemed to make an appearance on television.
Carol played the bunny HalperCharlie, the zealous wife of nightclub owner Charlie Halper (Mr. Milton), in three seasons of The Danny Thomas Show in early time ‘60 seconds; Hope Stinson, who co-owns a newspaper with character Ted Knight, was on the final season (1986-1987) of Too close to comfort; She appeared with Susan Somers in the 1987-89 series she is the sheriff.
Carol emerged as an eccentric patient who shared a hospital room with Mary Richards (the latter was there to have her tonsils removed) The Mary Tyler Moore Show In 1971, Lili photographed Vinnythe mother of the character Cindy Williams, on the part of 1976 from Laverne & Shirley.
It also included her TV credits CinderellaAnd the Please don’t eat daisiesAnd the love, american styleAnd the my three sonsAnd the police womanAnd the loose ragsAnd the love boatAnd the Trapper John, MDAnd the evening shadowAnd the women design And the ER.
Carol was also one of my favorite game shows. to tell the truthAnd the Match gameAnd the I have a secretAnd the All star passwordAnd the do not say that And the Pyramid $10,000 – You name it, I played it.
have played Doris daygood luck sister in With six you get egg roll (1968).
Carol’s loopy laugh and lively tones made her a natural for animation work.
I first crept into the recording room in 1966 for the animated series Super 6. But that was during80s that her voiceover career skyrocketed; It can be heard in animation Searching for Yu-Gi-Oh’s TreasureAnd the Galaxy High SchoolAnd the favourAnd the puppies pounds And the Superman.
Undoubtedly, her most memorable character was Ursula in the 1989 Disney movie the little Mermaid. It will prove to be one of her favorite roles. “It has been my lifelong ambition to make a Disney movie,” she told author Alan. North in makin” cartoonsInside the most popular TV shows and animated movies. “So, I was their hook, their hook, and my diver.”
Carol’s octopus-like enthusiasm has made her character unique and Ursula will become one of Disney’s most memorable villains. However, she only landed the part after hard research by the studio.
little mermaid Producer and poet Howard Ashman He was a big fan of TV Dynasty Ursula is depicted as a Joan Collins-Writes. And who is better than Collins herself to play it? Unfortunately, her agent quickly rejected the idea.
Directors and writers Ron Clements and John intoxicating She saw Ursula more like a sentient water version of Bea Arthur, but her agent took offense when the script compared the actress to a witch – and died. Roseanne, Nancy Wilson and Nancy Heart Marchand From soprano Then fame reportedly read about the role, but none of it was quite right.
Charlotte Ray And the Eileen Stretch He auditioned, but Ray didn’t have the vocal range for Ursula’s signature tune, “Poor Unfortunate Souls” and Stretch I couldn’t connect the song the way Ashman wanted.
Despite that, Carol immediately understood Ashman Approaching. The key was the recording he made of him singing the song. Once Carol heard and saw it, the rest was easy.
“He gave me this performance! Come on, I’m honest enough to say it,” she said at makin” cartoons. “I got him the whole attitude… His shoulders were trembling a certain way, his eyes would go a certain way… I got more about that character from Howard singing that song than anything else.”
Carroll won the part and went on to voice the character in several video games and in 1993 little mermaid CBS Series. (She also provided voice for Morgana In the 2000 version direct-to-video The Little Mermaid 2: Back to the Sea.)
Patricia Ann Carroll was born on May 5, 1927 in Shreveport, Louisiana. When she was five years old, she and her family moved to Los Angeles. At the age of twenty, she worked as a civilian actress in the army, writing, producing and directing all productions involving soldiers. She graduated from Catholic University in Washington, DC in 1949.
Carol’s professional debut was in 1947 alongside Gloria Swanson in a regional stock production of goose to man. This led to more roles in The Stock Company, and she also honed her comic strips with her performances in nightclubs and resorts.
Carroll’s off-Broadway debut came in 1950 No matter what happens. Soon, I started doing TV show Goodyear TV TheatreAnd the Red buttons appear And the Saturday Night Revue.
Carroll made his Broadway debut in 1955 in the musical Catch a star! Written by Danny and Neil Simon. The performance earned her a Tony nomination. Decades later, Carol has received rave reviews for her Off-Broadway show, a one-woman show Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein: A one-character play.
in 1979 reconsidering for New York timesWalter Kerr wrote: “Miss Carroll, working from a text prepared by Marty Martin, gives us strangeness, close to the cropa woman of rich robes could have been—and she was—mistaken for a bishop of marvelous zeal…I do not know exactly how Miss Carol could do it, but she managed—with no effort whatsoever—to do so we share Gertrude Stein’s attitude toward herself.”
The actress received a Drama Desk Award for her portrayal of the author. She beat fellow nominees Moore, Susan SarandonAnd the Phyllis Freelish and Blythe Danner For the honor.
Carol was married to Lee Karsian From 1955 until their divorce in 1976, they had three children: Tara, an actress. daughter Keri, casting director; and son Sean (died the same date as his mother 13 years ago).
Also among the survivors is Ivan’s granddaughter.