Pat Carroll, voice of Disney villain Ursula in The Little Mermaid, dies at 95

Pat Carroll, the Emmy-winning actor and the voice of the unforgettable Disney villain Ursula in The Little Mermaid, has died at the age of 95.

Carol died Saturday of pneumonia at her home in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, her daughter Keri Karsian. The Hollywood Reporter.

Born in Louisiana in 1927, Carol moved to Los Angeles when she was five years old and began acting soon after. Her big screen debut came in 1947, in the movie Hometown Girl, but it was her presence on her variety shows that made her famous for the next three decades. She won an Emmy for her work on Caesar’s Hour in 1957 and has comedic roles opposite the likes of Jimmy Durant, Mickey Rooney, Steve Allen and Charlie Weaver on her variety shows.

He received his first voice-over in 1966, for the animated television series The Super 6. In the 1980s, he was a constant presence in animation, voicing his roles in such shows as Yogi’s Treasure Hunt, Scooby-Doo, Garfield, and Superman. as well as in English. dubbing for the 1988 film My Neighbor Totoro. But his permanent dream was to act in one of the Disney movies, and the opportunity arose in 1989 with The Little Mermaid.

“It’s been my lifelong ambition to make a Disney movie,” he told author Alan Neuwirth in Makin’ Toons: Inside the Most Popular Animated TV Shows and Movies. “So, I was his hook, his hook and my diver.”

Carl Reiner, winner of Best Supporting Actor for Caesar’s Hour, with Carol, winner of Best Supporting Actress for Caesar’s Hour, at the 1957 Emmy Awards. Foto: NBC/NBCUniversal/Getty Images

Critics identified Carroll’s performance as particularly strong at the box office. The New York Times said that Ursula, played to the max by Pat Carroll, a wonderfully understated act that captures the film’s evolving sense of mischief, “while Roger Ebert’s The Woman is considered a giant octopus.”[Disney’s] The most flattering villain since the witch in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

Carroll loved the role and reprized it in many other acts, including television pop-ups, Kingdom Hearts plays, and rides and attractions at Disney theme parks.

During her career, she has had regular roles on American television series, playing memorable bit parts on shows like Too Close for Comfort, She’s the Sheriff, Mary Tyler Moore Show, Laverne & Shirley, Love Boat and ER.

Her successful one-woman show Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein and Gertrude Stein won several awards in the late 1970s. The recorded version earned her a Grammy in 1980.

Carol is survived by her two daughters and her granddaughter.

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