‘The Lucy Show’ and ‘The Incredible Mr. Limpet’ star Carole Cook dies, age 98

Jan 13, 2023
Actress Carole Cook has died. Source: Getty

Iconic actress and fosterling of Lucille Ball, Carole Cook, has died at the age of 98.

The star’s husband, Tom Troupe, told The Hollywood Reporter the actress had passed from heart failure on Wednesday, January 12, a mere three days before her 99th birthday.

Born Mildred Frances Cook in Abilene, Texas, on January 14, 1924, Cook rose to fame under the wing of Lucille Ball in the 1960s, who convinced Cook to change her name to Carole, after the esteemed Carole Lombard.


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Cook went on to appear in a 1959 episode of Ball’s Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, before going on to star in The Lucy Show as Lucy Carmichael’s friend Thelma Green as well as a number of episodes of Here’s Lucy. 

In 1964, Cook landed one of her most famed roles, starring as Bessie Limpet in The Incredible Mr. Limpet.

This led to her starring in three Broadway shows, including the 1965 production of Hello, Dolly!,  Romantic Comedy and 42nd Street.

The legendary actress’ incredible talent saw her star in a range of films and TV shows including The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, That Girl, McMillan & Wife, Chico and the Man, Magnum, P.I., Dynasty, Hart to Hart, Grey’s Anatomy, The GauntletAmerican Gigolo, Summer Lovers, and Home on the Range.


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Friends and fans of the acclaimed actress took to social media to share messages of condolences.

Cook is survived by her Husband Troupe, stepson Christopher, and his wife Becky, her sister Regina and nieces and nephews.

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