Carol Arthur

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Carol Arthur
BornCarol Arata
(1935-08-04) August 4, 1935 (age 83)
Hackensack, New Jersey, U.S.
Years active1971–2004
Dom DeLuise
(m. 1965; died 2009)
ChildrenPeter DeLuise
Michael DeLuise
David DeLuise

Carol Arthur (born August 4, 1935) is an American 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 from the mid 1970s to the mid 2000s, 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 and early 1980s, 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.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Arthur met her husband Dom DeLuise in 1964 while working in various stage theaters in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The couple married in 1965[3] and remained married until DeLuise's death in 2009.[2] Together, they have three sons: Peter, Michael, and David DeLuise, who are also actors.[2]



  1. ^ O'Donnell, M. (1984). Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television. 1. Gale. ISSN 0749-064X. Retrieved 2015-04-08.
  2. ^ a b c William Grimes (May 5, 2009). "Dom DeLuise, Comic Actor, Dies at 75". The New York Times. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  3. ^ Dennis McLellan (May 6, 2009). "Dom DeLuise dies at 75; actor was a 'naturally funny man'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 18, 2011.

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