Carol Arthur

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Carol Arthur
Born Carol Arata
(1935-08-04) August 4, 1935 (age 80)
Hackensack, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation actress
Years active 1971–2004
Spouse(s) Dom DeLuise (m. 1965; died 2009) 3 children
Children Peter DeLuise
Michael DeLuise
David DeLuise

Carol Arthur (born August 4, 1935) is an American producer and film/television actress, mainly recognizable as playing supporting roles in films produced by Mel Brooks. She is probably best remembered as the outspoken town school teacher Harriett Johnson ("You are the leading asshole in the state!"), in Brooks' Blazing Saddles. She has also guest-starred in many television shows throughout the last four decades, including The Dom DeLuise Show, Emergency!, Sanford and Son, Rhoda, Alice, Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories, St. Elsewhere, and 7th Heaven. During the late 1970s, Arthur appeared as "Safety Sadie", the spokeswoman for the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in several television and radio Public service announcements.

Arthur was born Carol Arata in Hackensack, New Jersey, the daughter of Mildred (née Foehl) and Peter Arata, a police officer.[1] She is the widow of Dom DeLuise, and the mother of actors Peter DeLuise, Michael DeLuise and David DeLuise.



  1. ^ O'Donnell, M. (1984). Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television 1. Gale. ISSN 0749-064X. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 

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