Actress and voice of Ursula in The Little Mermaid – The Hollywood Reporter

Pat Carroll, the gorgeous Emmy-winning comedian who was a television mainstay for decades before embarking on a voiceover career that included portraying the villainous sea witch Ursula the little Mermaid, has died. She was 95 years old.

Carol died of pneumonia on Saturday at her home in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, her daughter Keri Karsian told Hollywood Reporter,

Carroll’s impudent personality, screwball wit and impeccable timing made him a great second banana, and Red Buttons, Jimmy during, mickey rooney, Steve Allen and Charlie Weaver were among those who called on them to make their shows more fun. on his actions Caesar’s Hour Earned him an Emmy in 1957, and he was nominated the following year for his work on the classic variety show.

in 2013 Interview with Kliph nesteroffCarroll compares Howard Morris, Carl Rainer and on sid caesar Caesar’s Hour For the Chicago Cubs’ great double-play combination of the Hours to Chance to Tinker.

“I learned a lot about comedy by watching the three of them work together. It was unfailingly,” said Carol. “They worked together for so long that they had an innate understanding of each other’s timing. It was impossible for them to rumble. We did two shows every Saturday night because one was for the West Coast and one for the East Coast. If they absolutely hate the sketch they’ve made, they’ll sit in Sid’s dressing room with the three writers and write a new sketch. Yeah, amazing.”

For the next two decades, the bubbly blonde was always visible on TV.

Carol played the bunny helperNightclub owner Charlie’s high spirited wife helper (Sid Melton), on season three of The Danny Thomas Show in a hurry’60s, Hope Stinson, who shared ownership of a newspaper with Ted Knight’s character in the previous season (1986–87) too close for comfort, and appeared with Susan Somers in the 1987–89 series he is sheriff,

Carol turns out to be a hoarse patient who shared a hospital room with Mary Richards (the latter had her tonsils taken out) Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1971, and she played Lily FeeneyMother of Cindy Williams’ character, on a 1976 installment lichen and shirley,

Her TV credits also include cinderella, please don’t eat daisies, love, american style, my three sons, cop, bust loose, the love boat, Trapper John, MD, evening shadow, design women And Is,

Carol was also a game show favorite. to tell the truth, match game, I have a secret, Password All-Stars, you don’t say And $10,000 pyramid – You name it, he played it.

and she played doris daybetrothed sister with six you gate egg roll (1968).

Carroll’s gullible laugh and upbeat tone made her a natural for animation work.

She first slipped into the recording booth for the animated series in 1966 super 6, But it was during80s that her voiceover career skyrocketed; he can be heard on the cartoon Yogi’s Treasure Hunt, Galaxy High School, Fufoor, pound Puppies And Super MomN.

Undoubtedly, her most memorable character was Ursula for the 1989 Disney feature the little Mermaid, This would prove to be one of his favorite roles. “It was a lifelong ambition of mine to do a Disney movie,” she told writer Alan. Neuwirth In makino, toon: Inside the most popular animated TV shows and movies, “So, I was his hook, line, and sinker.”

Carroll’s enthusiasm made the octopus-like character uniquely his own, and Ursula became one of Disney’s most memorable villains. However, she landed in this part only after a lot of research by the studio.

little mermaid Producer and songwriter Howard Ashman was a big fan of TV dynasty and Ursula to a . as seen joan collins-type. And who can play it better than Collins himself? Alas, his agent quickly brushed off the idea.

Writers-Directors Ron Clements and John lizard Ursula looked more like an aquatic version of Bea Arthur, but her agent took offense when the script compared the actress to a witch — and passed. Roseanne, Hearts Nancy Wilson and Nancy marchando of the Sopranos Fame then reportedly read for the role, but no one was quite right.

Charlotte Rae And Elaine stritch Auditioned, but Rae didn’t have the vocal range for Ursula’s signature tune, “Poor Unfortunate Soul,” and. stritch Could not deliver song like this Ashman wanted to.

However, Carol immediately understood of assent the vision. The key was a recording he made of him singing the song. Once Carol listened and saw, everything else was easy.

“They gave me that performance! Come on, I’m quite honest to say that,” she said. makino, toon, “I got the whole attitude from him… His shoulders trembled a certain way, and his eyes went a certain way… I got more than anything else about that character from Howard singing that song. “

Carroll won the part and voiced the character in several video games and in 1993. little mermaid CBS series. (he also provided the voice for Morgan In a 2000 direct-to-video release The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea,

Patricia Ann Carroll was born on May 5, 1927 in Shreveport, Louisiana. When she was 5 years old, she and her family moved to Los Angeles. At the age of 20, she worked for the military as a civilian actress technician, writing, producing and directing all-Soldier productions. He graduated from Catholic University in Washington, DC in 1949.

Carroll’s first commercial appearance came in 1947 in a regional stock production with Gloria Swanson. a goose for a gander, This led to more stock company roles, and he also sharpened his comic chops by performing in nightclubs and resorts.

Carroll’s Off-Broadway debut was in 1950 Come what may, Shortly after, she started working on television. Goodyear Television Playhouse, show red button And saturday night review,

Carroll first starred on Broadway in 1955 in the musical Revue Catch a Star! written by danny and Neil Simon, The performance earned him a Tony nomination. Decades later, Carol received rave reviews for her Off-Broadway, one-woman show Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein: A One-Character Play,

in his 1979 review For new York TimesWalter Kerr wrote: “Miss Carroll, working from a text drawn up by Marty Martin, gives us the bizarre, close-cropThe richly dressed woman who may have been – and once – was mistaken for a bishop with a zest that is terrifying… I don’t know exactly how Miss Carroll is able to do it, but she We share Gertrude Stein’s attitude toward ourselves—to create—without effort.”

Carroll received a Drama Desk Award for his portrayal of the author; She defeated fellow nominee Moore, Susan. sarandonPhyllis freelicho and Blyth form to honor.

Carol was married to Lee Karasian from 1955 until their divorce in 1976, and they had three children: Tara, an actress; Betty Carey, a casting director; and son Sean (he died on the same date his mother had died 13 years earlier).

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