The one & only Pat Carroll, probably best known for her ICONIC turn as Ursula in The Little Mermaid, has passed away; she died at 95.
Her daughter Kerry Karsian said Carroll, a Grammy winner, died at her home in Cape Cod, Mass. She is also suffering from pneumonia.
Carroll was an American actress and comedian born in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1927. Her family reshifted to Los Angeles when she was only Five. Carrol’s first film role was in 1948 in “Hometown Girl”, but she found her progress in television.
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Carrol is well known by modern audiences for vocalising the popular Disney villain; Carroll was a frequent film and TV actress who began her work in the late 1940s. She was seen on The Jimmy Durante Show, The Danny Thomas Show, The Red Skelton Hour, Getting Together, Laverne & Shirley, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, E.R. and more.
In 1957, she won Best Supporting Actress Emmy for her performance as various characters in Caesar’s Hour. She was also nominated (but didn’t win) the following year. In 1996, she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Special for The Royale, in which she voiced the character Mildred Wak.
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Carroll said that Ursula was one of her favourite roles. Carrol said she saw her as an “Ex-Shakespearean actress who now sold cars.”
Her voice-acting career extended far beyond The Little Mermaid, including characters in other animated fares like Pound Puppies, Galaxy High School, Foofur and Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure.
Pat carrol also represented the role in several “Little Mermaid” sequels, spinoffs and even theme park rides.
She also has Granny’s voice in the English-language dub of Hayao Miyazaki’s “My Neighbor Totoro.”
Tara Karsian’s tribute to her mother
My mother, Pat Carroll, passed away at the grand old age of 95, and I write this with a sorrowful heart. Since she leaves my sister Kerry and me with the greatest gift of all—humour and the capacity to laugh—even in the most difficult of circumstances—we ask that you honour her by laughing heartily at anything today (and every day going forward).
I received this meme from someone (sorry, I can’t remember who). We’ll never forget her in more simple words.
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Pat Carroll married Lee Karsian in 1955 and had three children, including actress Tara Karsian. The marriage ended in divorce in 1976. In 1991, Carroll got an honorary doctorate from Siena College in New York. Carroll, a practising Roman Catholic, cited that her religious views helped her to determine what projects to accept. She was a lifelong Republican in 1992.
In 1963, she filed a $12,000 lawsuit in opposition to Hanna-Barbera for breach of contract, claiming that Carroll had been cast and added on to the character of Jane Jetson. Morey Amsterdam, who supposed that he had been cast as George, was also a plaintiff in the same suit. Although Carroll’s contracts stipulated she would be paid US$500 an episode with a guarantee of twenty-four work episodes (i.e., an entire season), she recorded only one episode before being replaced. Several sources claimed the change had occurred due to sponsor conflict between Carroll’s Make Room to Daddy. The case had been discontinued by early 1965. She clarified in an interview in 2013 that the court had ruled in favour of Hanna-Barbera.