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.
We all love Pat Carroll for her unforgettable performance as Ursula in The Little Mermaid, but she’s also done some other wonderful voiceover work like Grandma from the Garfield specials. This part especially is one of her best moments. pic.twitter.com/Gq6MJcHGC2
— Mat Brunet (AniMat) (@AniMat505) July 31, 2022
Devastated to report the passing of Pat Carroll, the voice of Ursula, one of Disney’s greatest villains at 95. But even at such an age, she still had the skill as two years ago on “The Wonderful World Of Mickey Mouse” she still brought life to the sea witch. RIP. pic.twitter.com/0EIeuTuTqj
— Jackson Lennox (Cat’s Okay!) #NewDeal4Animation (@JacksonLennox3) July 31, 2022
Pat Carroll gave us the greatest voice acting performance of a Disney villain ever.
She was perfection as Ursula. RIP
— Chris Peterson – OnStage Blog ????️⚧️????️???? (@OnstageBlog) July 31, 2022
Aw man, how sad. What a memorable and distinct voice she had. For someone who seemed so nice, she sure could bring a villain to life. I love this picture of her with Jodi Benson at DCA. RIP Pat Carroll. pic.twitter.com/YngcHHl6nJ
— Sam Carter (@Cartarsauce) August 1, 2022
Pat Carroll was an absolute legend. Rest In Peace, Queen. ???? pic.twitter.com/1fhw4NhUJa
— Michael Cuschieri (@MichaelCusch98) July 31, 2022
you were a legend on screen whose voice can stun and chill in resonating tones deep in the hearts of others.
rest in peace, pat carroll. pic.twitter.com/muRNRGlbPy
— sincerely, ivy marie. ❤️+⚡️ (@sincerelyivy) July 31, 2022
Carroll is survived by her two daughters and a granddaughter.