Monday, May 20, 2024

RIP Pat Carroll, 95, Emmy Winner, Tony Nominee, Drama Desk Winner, Grammy Winner


Pat Carroll has died. The earthy actress with a roaring laugh was also a drama star as well. I cannot forget seeing her in 1980 at the Provincetown Playhouse in Greenwich Village as the star of a woman show called “Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein.” She won the Drama Desk Award for Best Actress. (She won a Grammy award for the play’s recording.)

Carroll was a fixture on TV through the 60s, 70s, and 80s. She won an Emmy Award in 1957 appearing on Sid Caesar’s “Caesar’s Hour” and was nominated again the next year. Her career was comprehensive and long lasting. In 2001, she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in the movie “Songcatcher.” In 2005 she had a recurring role on NBC’s “ER.”

With all those credits — she was a regular on the classic “Danny Thomas” show in the early 60s (her character, Bunny Halper, was somehow related to the “Dick Van Dyke” show characters with the same last name), Pat Carroll is being remembered today for being the voice of Ursula in “The Little Mermaid.” Okay.

Condolences to her family and friends. She will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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