Former comedian and actress Pat Carroll passed away on July 30 at the age of 95. Her role as Ursula in The Little Mermaid (1989), an animated musical fantasy film, catapulted her to fame. Carroll was a regular on shows like The Danny Thomas Show, Laverne & Shirley, and ER, among others. The details of her funeral are still being worked out.
Tragic Death of Pat Carroll
Pat Carroll’s daughter, Kerry Karsian, revealed that her mother passed away of pneumonia at their home on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. It’s unknown if Carroll’s health history includes any other issues. The actress’s 1963 lawsuit against Hanna-Barbera for breach of contract for $12,000 helped cement her reputation. Carroll claims that she has been cast as Jane Jetson in the upcoming ABC cartoon series. Under the terms of her contract, Carroll was guaranteed $500 for each episode in which she appeared.
But after that one episode, she was replaced. Reports state that Disney sponsored an issue of Carroll’s Make Room for Daddy, which contributed to the relocation. Carroll revealed the favorable 1965 court ruling in favor of Hanna in 2013. Barbera’s
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Pat Carroll: The Whole Story
Carroll first appeared on screen in the 1948 film Hometown, and later appeared on NBC’s Caesar’s Hour. She was a regular on the comedy series Make Room for Daddy from 1961 to 1964, and she won an Emmy for her performance in the latter. From 1950 to 1970, Carroll appeared on numerous variety shows, most notably The DuPont Show with June Allyson, an anthology series. She co-starred as Prunella in a Cinderella musical in 1965.
In 1976, Pat portrayed both Lily on the ABC comedy Laverne & Shirley and Pearl Markowitz on the CBS sitcom Busting Loose. She was a popular voice actress in the 1980s, lending her voice to shows like A Pop Named Scooby-Doo, Galaxy High, and Pound Puppies. She became well-known for her role as Ursula in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, which she reprised in several media including video games, a spin-off series, and the Disney+ series The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse.
Carroll was an active participant in the Actors Studio’s game shows. She enjoyed a successful career on stage, appearing in numerous shows. Carroll’s two children from her marriage to Lee Karsian, Tara and Kerry, will carry on her legacy. As of 1976, Pat and Lee were no longer a couple. Her granddaughter, Evan Karsian-McCormick, will carry on after she is gone.