Pat Carroll is dead: The voice of Ursula in “Little Mermaid” was 95 years old

Pat Carroll, a veteran actress best known for her voice as Ursula in Disney’s The Little Mermaid and whose entertaining career spanned seven decades, died Saturday in Cape Cod, Mass. while recovering from pneumonia. She was 95 years old.

Carroll’s death was confirmed by her representative, Derek Maki. Maki stated that Carroll died with her best friend by her side.

Born on May 5, 1927 in Shreveport, Louisiana, Patricia Ann Carroll’s family moved to Los Angeles when she was five years old. There she began acting in local productions at a young age before attending Catholic University of America and later enlisting in the US Army during World War II.

Carroll’s first role came in the 1947 film Hometown Girl. She became a regular presence on variety shows over the next three decades. Carroll received an Emmy Award in 1956 for her work on Sid Caesar’s House. In addition, the actress showed comedy skills by regularly playing roles in Make Room for Daddy, The Jimmy Durante Show, The Danny Thomas Show, Too Close for Comfort, and She’s the Sheriff.

Other major appearances have included The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Laverne & Shirley, The Love Boat, Designing Women and ER. Carroll also ran the game shows on 20th Century television, with bows on To Tell the Truth, The Match Game, I’ve Got a Secret, Password All-Stars, and You Don’t “. Say” and “The $10,000 Pyramid”.

Carroll received critical acclaim for her performance as Gertrude Stein on her one-woman theater show. The taped version of the production won the actress a Grammy for Best Spoken Word (Documentary or Drama) in 1980.

In 1989, Carroll borrowed her talent singing Ursula in Disney’s The Little Mermaid and sang the film’s showstopper number Poor Unfortunate Souls. Carroll considered Ursula a career favorite role and reprized the character in various media.

Carroll is survived by her daughters Kerry Karsian and Tara Karsian; and her granddaughter, Evan Karsian-McCormick Pat Carroll is dead: The voice of Ursula in “Little Mermaid” was 95 years old

Charles Jones

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