Pat Carroll, a comedic television mainstay for decades, Emmy-winner for “Caesar Hour” and voice Ursula in “The Little Mermaid,” has died. She was 95 years old.
His daughter, Keri Karsian, a casting agent, said Carroll died Saturday at her home in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. His second daughter, Tara Karsian, wrote on Instagram that he wants everyone to “respect him today (and every day ahead) with a whole lot of raucous laughter because, in addition to his brilliant talent and love, he loves my sister Kerry and I the most.” Big gift. All in all, filling us with humor and the ability to laugh…even in the saddest of times.”
Carroll was born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1927. When she was 5 years old, her family relocated to Los Angeles. Her first film role came in “Hometown Girl” in 1948, but she found her stride in television. She won an Emmy in 1956 for her work on the sketch comedy series “Caesar Hour”, was a regular on “Make Room for Daddy” with Danny Thomas, a guest star on “The DuPont Show with June Ellison” and a regular Stopping by the variety show “The Danny Kaye Show,” “The Red Skelton Show” and “The Carol Burnett Show.”
She played one of the evil half-sisters in the 1965 television production of “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” with Leslie Ann Warren.
She played one of the evil half-sisters in the 1965 television production of “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” with Leslie Ann Warren. And she won a Grammy in 1980 for her recording of her one-woman show, “Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein.”
A new generation will know and love his voice thanks to Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” in 1989. She was not the first choice of directors Ron Clements and John Musker or the musical team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. who reportedly wanted to voice Joan Collins or Bea Arthur as the sea witch. Elaine Stritch was originally cast even before Carroll came in to audition. And his gaudy rendition of “Poor Unfortunate Souls” would make him one of Disney’s most memorable villains.
Carroll would often say that Ursula was one of her favorite roles. He said that he saw her as “a former Shakespearean actress who now sells cars.”
“He’s a mean old thing! I think people get fascinated by mean characters,” Carroll said in an interview. “There’s a deadly kind of distraction about the terrifyingly mean characters of the world because we see them in real life. Don’t meet many. So when we have a chance to see, dramatically, another one that’s huge, it’s fascinating to us. ,
He got a role in several “Little Mermaid” sequels, spinoffs, and even theme park rides.
Carol was also the voice of Grandma in the English-language dub of Hayao Miyazaki’s “My Neighbor Totoro”.