Pat Carroll (actress)
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Carroll in 1972.
|Born||Patricia Ann Carroll
May 5, 1927
Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.
|Years active||1947 – present|
Patricia Ann “Pat” Carroll (born May 5, 1927) is an American actress. She performed in numerous stage productions, and portrayed the roles of "Bunny Halper" on CBS's The Danny Thomas Show, Shirley Feeney's mother on ABC's Laverne & Shirley, and is the voice of the villainous Ursula in The Little Mermaid film series.
She was also known for participating on TV game shows. Later acting roles include appearances in three episodes of ER in which she played a bag lady and as Miep Gies in the film Freedom Writers. Carroll supplied the voice of Katrina Stoneheart in Hanna-Barbera's Pound Puppies TV series.
Carroll was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, to Kathryn Angela (née Meagher) and Maurice Clifton Carroll. Her family moved to Los Angeles when Pat was five years old. She graduated from Immaculate Heart High School, an all-girls Catholic school, in Hollywood. For college she attended Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles (the college closed in 1981) and Catholic University of America.
In 1956, Carroll won an Emmy Award for her work on Caesar's Hour and was a regular on the sitcom Make Room for Daddy. She guest starred in the drama anthology series, The DuPont Show with June Allyson. Carroll also appeared on many variety shows of the 1950s and 1960s, such as The Red Buttons Show, The Danny Kaye Show, The Red Skelton Show, and The Carol Burnett Show. In 1965, she co-starred as "Prunella", one of the wicked stepsisters in a TV production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical version of Cinderella, which starred Lesley Ann Warren in the title role.
Carroll scored a personal and artistic success in the late 1970s with her one woman show on Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein (by playwright Marty Martin), winning several major theater awards, and even a Grammy Award in 1981 for her recorded version of the performance.
In early 1976, Carroll was cast as Lily, the mother of Shirley Feeney (played by Cindy Williams) in the episode, "Mother Knows Worst" on the hit ABC sitcom, Laverne & Shirley. Despite Carroll's success in that role, she never returned to the series as an annual guest star or as a semi-regular.
Her frequent television roles in the 1980s included newspaper owner Hope Stinson on the syndicated Ted Knight Show (the former Too Close for Comfort) during its final season in 1986; and that of Gussie Holt, the mother of Suzanne Somers' lead character in the syndicated sitcom She's the Sheriff (1987–1989).
Since the late 1980s, she has had a great deal of voice-over work on animated programs such as A Pup Named Scooby Doo, Galaxy High and A Goofy Movie. On TV's Pound Puppies, she voiced Katrina Stoneheart. On two Garfield television specials (A Garfield Christmas and Garfield's Thanksgiving), she voiced Jon's feisty Grandma.
She portrayed the sea witch Ursula in many forms of media, such as the Kingdom Hearts series of video games, the Fantasmic! show at two Disney theme parks, the spin-off TV series as well as for the puppet version of Ursula in Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams at Disneyland and in the HalloWishes Halloween-themed fireworks spectacular at Walt Disney World's "Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party" event in the Magic Kingdom. She also voiced Ursula's sister Morgana in The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea.
Carroll has also appeared on a variety of game shows, including Celebrity Sweepstakes, You Don't Say, To Tell the Truth, Password, I've Got a Secret, and Hollywood Connection. Taking a break from various villains she's played, her most recent voice over role was the kind and compassionate character of Granny in the re-release of Hayao Miyazaki's warm hearted story My Neighbor Totoro.
She has also had a successful career in the theater, particularly in numerous off-Broadway productions. In 1990, she stunned the theater world with an acclaimed performance in The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger playing a male role, Sir John Falstaff, a balding knight with whiskers.
Drama critic Frank Rich of The New York Times wrote: "Her performance is a triumph from start to finish, and, I think, a particularly brave and moving one, with implications that go beyond this one production. Ms. Carroll and Mr. Kahn help revivify the argument that the right actresses can perform some of the great classic roles traditionally denied to women and make them their own. It's not a new argument, to be sure; female Hamlets stretch back into history. But what separates Ms. Carroll's Falstaff from some other similar casting experiments of late is that her performance exists to investigate a character rather than merely as ideological window dressing for a gimmicky production."
As a member of The Actors Studio Carroll is currently working in stage productions. Her past work includes not only off-Broadway productions but the Kennedy Center and national tours. In 2005, she played a homeless woman in three episodes of the television series ER. In 2007, she became a first lady headmaster of Intercontinental Television in Houston, Texas.
She is the mother of two daughters, Kerry and Tara Karsian. Her only son, Sean Karsian, died on July 30, 2009. She has received honorary degrees from Barry College in Miami, Florida and Siena College in Albany, New York.
- Goodyear Television Playhouse (1951)
- The Red Buttons Show (1952–1953)
- The Saturday Night Revue (1953)
- Make Room for Daddy (1953) - Bunny Halper
- The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (1954)
- The Mickey Rooney Show (1954) - Bobo
- Max Liebman Presents: Spotlight (1954) - Herself
- Studio 57 (1954) - Sue
- Caesar's Hour (1954) - Alice Brewster
- Max Liebman Presents: Variety (1955) - Herself
- Producers' Showcase (1955) - Gym teacher
- Kraft Television Theatre (1955)
- The Jimmy Durante Show (1955)
- The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom (1958)
- The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford (March 3, 1958)
- The Steve Allen Show (1958)
- Hobby Lobby (1959)
- General Electric Theater (1959) - Frances Dowd
- The DuPont Show with June Allyson (1959) - Cherry
- The Ann Sothern Show (1961) - Pandora
- The Investigators
- The United States Steel Hour (1961)
- The Investigators (1961) - Blossom Taylor
- The Red Skelton Show (1962)
- Your First Impression (1963) -- as herself
- Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (1965) - Prunella
- Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1966) - Carol Baker
- The Super 6 (1966) -
- The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1971) - Loretta Kuhne
- The Interns (1971) - Maria
- After the Honeymoon (1971)
- Getting Together (1971) - Rita Simon
- Love, American Style (1970–1971)
- Second Chance (1972) - Gloria Petryk
- Oh, Nurse! (1972)
- Police Story (1974) - Mrs. Bannister
- Nakia (1974) - Belle Jones
- Laverne & Shirley (1976) - Mrs. Feeney
- Good Heavens (1976) - Harriet
- Busting Loose (1977) - Pearl Markowitz
- Police Woman (1977) - Miriam Stein
- The Love Boat (1978)
- Legends of the Superheroes (1979) - Esther Hall
- Trapper John, M.D. (1985) - Aunt Mo
- Crazy Like a Fox (1985)
- Yogi's Treasure Hunt (1985) - Additional Voices
- Pound Puppies (1986) - Katrina Stoneheart
- Galaxy High School (1986) - Ms. Biddy McBrain
- Too Close for Comfort (1986) - Mrs. Hope Stinson
- Foofur (1986) - Hazel
- A Garfield Christmas Special (1987) - Grandma
- She's the Sheriff (1987–1989) - Gussie Holt
- Superman (1988) - Queen Hippolyta
- A Pup Named Scooby Doo (1989) - Paula Picasso
- Garfield's Thanksgiving (1989) - Grandma
- Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers (1990) - Koo-Koo
- Just My Imagination (1992) - Peggy
- Designing Women (1993) - Mrs. Beecham
- The Little Mermaid (1993–1994) - Ursula
- The Royale (1996)
- The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (2000) - Morgana
- Songcatcher (2000) - Viney Butler
- House of Mouse (2001–2002) - Ursula (voice, 5 episodes)
- ER (2005) - Rebecca Chadwick (3 episodes)
- The comic Sid Melton played Carroll's husband, "Charlie Halper," on the series.
- Pat Carroll Biography (1927-)
- Rich, Frank (May 30, 1990). "Review/Theater; Pat Carroll as Falstaff in 'Merry Wives' at Folger". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/1990/05/30/theater/review-theater-pat-carroll-as-falstaff-in-merry-wives-at-folger.html. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
- Young, Jordan R. (1989). Acting Solo: The Art of One-Person Shows. Beverly Hills: Past Times Publishing Co.
- Pat Carroll at the Internet Movie Database
- Pat Carroll at the TCM Movie Database
- Pat Carroll at AllRovi