Iconic voice actress Pat Carroll dies, age 95

Aug 02, 2022
Pat Caroll, voice of Disney villain Ursula, dies. Source: Getty

Legendary voice actress Pat Carroll, most famously known for her portrayal of Disney villain Ursula in The Little Mermaid, has died aged 95.

Carroll died at her home in Cape Cod, Massachusetts on Saturday, July 30, of pneumonia, her daughter Kerry Karsian told The Hollywood Reporter.

The Emmy award-winning actress was known for her loveable antics and comedic genius, leading to the likes of Red Buttons, Mickey Rooney and Charley Weaver, amongst others, seeking her expertise for their programs.

Carroll was born in Louisiana in 1927, moving to Los Angeles when she was five years old where she began to pursue her acting career.

The comedienne’s on-screen debut was in the 1947 film Hometown Girl, going on to appear in a range of shows, winning an Emmy for her role in the 1957 sketch-comedy show, Caesar’s Hour.

Carroll landed her first voiceover role in the 1966 animated show The Super 6, going on to become a common voice on screens with her roles in more shows such as Yogi’s Treasure Hunt, Scooby-Doo, Garfield and Superman.

The witty actress’ one-woman show Gertrude Stein, saw her win multiple awards in the 70s, eventually landing a Grammy in 1980 for its recorded rendition.

It was obvious that Carroll had a knack for making any role she turned her hand to noteworthy, seeing her often called upon for small roles in a variety of programs such as Too Close for Comfort, She’s the Sheriff, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Laverne & Shirley, The Love Boat and ER. 

Fans expressed their sorrow over the loss of the unforgettable actress on social media.

Carroll is survived by her two daughters and a granddaughter.

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