Veteran actress Pat Carroll, best known as the voice of Ursula in Disney’s 1989 animated feature “The Little Mermaid,” died over the weekend. She was 95 years old.
“It is with a heavy heart that I write that my mother, Pat Carroll, has passed away at the age of 95,” Carroll’s daughter, Tara Karsian, wrote in an Instagram post she co-signed with his sister Kerry. Karsian, Sunday.
“We ask that you honor her by laughing out loud at absolutely anything today (and every day ahead) because in addition to her brilliant talent and love, she leaves my sister Kerry and me the greatest gift of all, imbuing us with humor and the ability to laugh…even in the saddest of times.”
According to Kerry Karsian, who spoke to The Hollywood Reporter, Carroll died of pneumonia on Saturday at her home in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
The post was shared with a Carroll meme that read, “There’s nothing more beautiful than Pat Carroll laughing.” Of this, Tara Karsian wrote, “Truer words have never been written and this is how we will always remember her.”
Carroll leaves behind her two daughters Kerry and Tara Karsian. She was previously married to Lee Karsian from 1955 to 1976. Her son Sean Karsian died in 2009.
Carroll has a long acting legacy that includes an Emmy Award win, a Grammy Award, and a Tony Award nomination.
The boisterous comedian had been a television mainstay since the 1950s. Her work on Sid Caesar’s variety show, “Caesar’s Hour,” won her an Emmy Award in 1957.
Carroll also played Bunny Halper, wife of nightclub owner Charlie Halper (Sid Melton), on ‘The Danny Thomas Show’ in the early 60s and appeared alongside Suzanne Somers on ‘She’s the Sheriff’. in the late 80s, playing her mother Gussie Holt.
Carroll’s other notable appearances included playing Mary Tyler Moore’s character’s hospital roommate in a 1971 episode of the “Mary Tyler Moore Show”, and Lily Feeney, Cindy Williams’ character’s mother, in an episode of 1976 from “Laverne & Shirley.”
In film, she appeared in two films starring Doris Day in the 60s, the English dub of “My Neighbor Totoro” in 1988 and both “Freedom Writers” and “Nancy Drew” in 2007. On stage, she was nominated for a Tony for her Broadway debut in “Catch a Star!” and won a Grammy for her work on the show “Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein.”
Additionally, Carroll was a game show favorite, appearing on “To Tell the Truth”, “Match Game”, “I’ve Got a Secret”, “Password”, “You Don’t Say”, and “The $10,000 Pyramid”. . among others.