Pat Carroll (actress)
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 Emmy and Grammy winning American actress who is known for being the voice of Ursula in The Little Mermaid films as well as having a long acting career, including appearances in CBS's The Danny Thomas Show, ABC's Laverne & Shirley, ER, other guest-starring and series-regular roles on American television as well as voice-acting in several cartoon 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 and attended Catholic University of America after enlisting in the US Army as a civilian actress technician.
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, 1960s and 1970s, 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 the 1965 production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical version of Cinderella.
In the late 1970s Carroll's successful one woman show on Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein (by playwright Marty Martin), won several major theater awards, her recorded version won a 1980 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word, Documentary or Drama.
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. 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, Carroll 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 also voiced the character of Granny in the 2005 re-release of Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro.
Carroll portrayed the sea witch Ursula in The Little Mermaid and in other forms of media, including the Kingdom Hearts series of video games, TV-series and in various Disney theme parks attractions and shows. She also voiced Ursula's sister Morgana in The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea.
A member of The Actors Studio, she has also had a successful career in the theater, appearing in numerous plays including productions of Our Town and Sophocles' Electra.  In 1990, she starred in The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger in the role of Sir John Falstaff, a balding knight with whiskers.
When Drama critic Frank Rich of The New York Times reviewed her performance he 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."
Carroll married Lee Karsian in 1955 and they had three children - two daughters, Kerry and Tara Karsian and a son, Sean. In 1991 Carroll received an honorary doctorate from Siena College in Albany, New York.
- The Red Buttons Show (1952–1953)
- The Saturday Night Revue (1953)
- Make Room for Daddy (1953) - Bunny Halper
- The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (1954)
- Studio 57 (1954) - Sue
- Caesar's Hour (1954) - Alice Brewster
- Producers' Showcase (1955) - Gym teacher
- Kraft Television Theatre (1955)
- The Jimmy Durante Show (1955)
- 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 (1961)
- The United States Steel Hour (1961)
- The Red Skelton Show (1962)
- Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (1965) - Prunella
- Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1966) - Carol Baker
- The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1971) - Loretta Kuhne
- The Interns (1971) - Maria
- Love, American Style (1970–1971)
- Police Story (1974) - Mrs. Bannister
- 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
- 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
- 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)
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- "Pat Carroll". Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center Boston University. Retrieved May 26, 2013.
- Casselberry Manuel, Diane (January 8, 1981). "Pat Carroll; Gertrude Stein was never a bore". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved May 26, 2013.
- "1980 Best Spoken Word, Documentary Or Drama". Grammy.Org/The Recording Academy. Retrieved May 26, 2013.
- Hill, Jim. "Why (For) Pat Carroll wasn't actually Disney's first choice to voice Ursula in "The Little Mermaid"". JimHillMedia. Retrieved May 26, 2013.
- Simonson, Robert; David Lefkowitz (September 4, 1998). "Stephen Spinella Joins Claire Bloom & Pat Carroll in NJ Electra Sept. 15". Playbill.Com. Retrieved May 26, 2013.
- "A Conversation With Pat Carroll at the High Falls Film Festival, May 14, 2009". The Film Panel Notetaker. May 21, 2009. Retrieved May 26, 2013.
- Rich, Frank (May 30, 1990). "Review/Theater; Pat Carroll as Falstaff in 'Merry Wives' at Folger". New York Times. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
- "Honorary Degrees - Past Recipients". Siena College. Retrieved May 26, 2013.
- 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