The raucous comedian gained notoriety for her portrayal of Gertrude Stein in a one-woman piece while appearing on “Caesar’s Hour” and “The Danny Thomas Show.”
Pat Carroll, who played Ursula in “The Little Mermaid” and was a longtime staple of comic television who won an Emmy for “Caesar’s Hour,” has passed away. 95 years old.
Carroll passed away on Saturday at her home in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, according to her daughter Kerry Karsian, a casting agent. She wants everyone to “honour her by having a raucous laugh at absolutely anything today (and everyday forward) because, in addition to her brilliant talent and love, she leaves my sister Kerry and I with the greatest gift of all, imbuing us with humour and the ability to laugh…even in the saddest of times,” Tara Karsian wrote on Instagram.
In 1927, Carroll was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. She was 5 years old when her family moved to Los Angeles. She played “Hometown Girl” in 1948, her first film role, but she really hit her stride in television. She was a regular on “Make Room for Daddy” with Danny Thomas, a guest star on “The DuPont Show with June Allyson,” and a frequent guest on variety shows like “The Danny Kaye Show,” “The Red Skelton Show,” and “The Carol Burnett Show” before earning an Emmy for her work on the sketch comedy series “Caesar’s Hour” in 1956.
Along with Lesley Ann Warren, she portrayed one of the evil stepsisters in the 1965 television adaptation of “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.”
Along with Lesley Ann Warren, she portrayed one of the evil stepsisters in the 1965 television adaptation of “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.” The recording of her one-woman act “Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein” also earned her a Grammy in 1980.
Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” which was released in 1989, would introduce her voice to a new generation, who would learn to know and adore it. She wasn’t the musical duo of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken or directors Ron Clements and John Musker’s first choice for the sea witch’s voice; they reportedly preferred Joan Collins or Bea Arthur. Even before Carroll had the chance to audition, Elaine Stritch had already been cast. She would go down in history as one of Disney’s most famous villains thanks to her throaty performance of “Poor Unfortunate Souls.”
Carroll frequently cited Ursula as one of her favourite performances. She described herself as a “ex-Shakespeare actor who now sells vehicles,” she said.
She’s an obnoxious old thing! Carroll claimed in an interview that cruel persons fascinate people. “We don’t see too many nasty, evil people in real life, so this creates a fatal kind of distraction regarding them. Therefore, it’s kind of intriguing for us when we get the chance to see one in a theatre, especially one as famous as this one.
In multiple “Little Mermaid” sequels, spin-offs, and even theme park rides, she had the opportunity to repeat the character.
Carroll also provided Granny’s voice in Hayao Miyazaki’s “My Neighbor TotoroEnglish “‘s dub.