Comedienne Pat Carroll passed away at the age of 95 from pneumonia on Saturday, July 30th, 2022. Her daughter, Kerry Karsian, reported her death to The Hollywood Reporter.
Pat Carroll is best know for voicing the villainous Ursula in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. The iconic performance will go down in history as one of the best voiced Disney villains. However, Pat Carroll had a place in Hollywood before she voiced Ursula.
Carroll earned an Emmy in 1957 for her work on Caesar’s Hour, an American comedy sketch show. She was nominated for an Emmy again the following year for her comedy genius on Caesar’s Hour. The Hollywood Reporter added that Carroll had a “perky personality, screwball wit and impeccable timing.” She served up laughs next to the greats of Steve Allen, Mickey Rooney, Red Buttons, Jimmy Durante, and Charlie Weaver.
Pat Carroll was also popular on the game show circuit including appearances on The Match Game, I’ve Got a Secret, Password All-Stars, I’ve Got a Secret, To Tell the Truth, and The 10,000 Pyramid.
Carroll had a voice that lent itself well to animation. She was in numerous animated movies and television shows including Yogi’s Treasure Hunt, Pound Puppies, and Superman.
Pat Carroll said “It was a lifelong ambition of mine to do a Disney film,” she told author Allan Neuwirth. “So, I was theirs hook, line and sinker.” Pat Carroll was not the first choice for the role of Ursula in The Little Mermaid, but she made quite the impression on Howard Ashman, the producer and lyricist. Ultimately, she went on the not only voice Ursula in the animated feature, but also in several video games and the Little Mermaid television series.
Pat Carroll will be remembered by Hollywood and fans alike for her outstanding performances and comedic genius. She is survived by her two daughters and a granddaughter.
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