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Attending the premiere of The Incredible Mr. Limpet, 1964
Mildred Frances Cook
January 14, 1924
Abilene, Texas, U.S.
Life and career
She was born Mildred Frances Cook in 1924 in Abilene, Texas, one of four children born to Leland Preston (L.P.) Cook, Sr., and his wife, Maudine. She became a protégé of actress and comedian Lucille Ball in 1959, when the television star brought Cook to Hollywood to appear in the “Desilu Review”. It was Ball who gave the ingenue her stage name of "Carole", for Ball's friend Carole Lombard. Ball reportedly told Cook, "you have the same healthy disrespect for everything in general". Cook appeared regularly on The Lucy Show and Here's Lucy. Ball was matron of honor at Cook's wedding in 1964 to actor Tom Troupe, to whom she remains married; the couple have no children together.
Cook starred in the animated Disney film Home on the Range, voicing Pearl Gesner. She appeared in such feature films as The Incredible Mr. Limpet, Sixteen Candles, Grandview, U.S.A., American Gigolo, Summer Lovers, and Palm Springs Weekend. She made guest appearances on such television shows as The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy, Darkroom, Knight Rider, Emergency!, Magnum, P.I., McMillan and Wife, Murder, She Wrote, Dynasty, Charlie's Angels, Cagney & Lacey, and Grey's Anatomy.
In addition to her film and television work, Cook appeared in the original Broadway productions of 42nd Street and Romantic Comedy and was the second actress (after Carol Channing) to star as Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! She played Mrs. Peacham in the 1956 off-Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera, starring Lotte Lenya.
Cook is a longtime supporter of various AIDS organizations and regularly appears as a featured performer in the annual Los Angeles S.T.A.G.E. benefit. With her actor husband, Tom Troupe, Cook received the 2002 Theatre Ovation Award for Lifetime Career Achievement, the first husband and wife to be so honored. Cook received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Baylor University, the S.T.A.G.E. Producers Award and the Hero in the Fight Against AIDS Award from the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation, as well as eight Drama-Logue and Robby Awards.
On September 9, 2018, a reporter from TMZ approached Cook to ask her opinion about an actor who grabbed a Trump 2020 sign from someone who held it up in the audience during a performance of the musical Frozen. She replied, "Where's John Wilkes Booth when you need him?" Someone off camera questioned, "So we need to kill President Trump?", to which she replied, "Why not?" Cook's comment received widespread attention and criticism.
|1963||Palm Springs Weekend||Naomi Yates|
|1964||The Incredible Mr. Limpet||Bessie Limpet|
|1980||American Gigolo||Mrs. Dobrun|
|1982||Summer Lovers||Barbara Foster|
|Grandview, U.S.A.||Betty Welles|
|1999||Lost & Found||Sylvia|
|2004||Home on the Range||Pearl Gesner (voice)|
|2017||A Very Sordid Wedding||Hortense|
|2018||Waiting in the Wings: Still Waiting||Erika Ericson|
|1959–1960||U.S. Marshal||Mrs. Parker / Nurse||2 episodes|
|1963||The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis||Fifi LaVerne / Molly O'Day|
|1963–1968||The Lucy Show||Thelma Green / Woman in Station (uncredited) / Hotel Guest / Mrs. Valance / Lady at the Health Club /
Mrs. Baldwin / Lady Cynthia (voice) / Carrie / Effie Higgins / Piano Bar Patron (uncredited) / Gladys
|1964||The New Phil Silvers Show||Gertrude / Mrs. Kerrigan||2 episodes|
|Kentucky Jones||Dodie Wipple||Episode: "The Dread Disease"|
|1966||Vacation Playhouse||Nurse||Episode: "The Hoofer"|
|Daniel Boone||Annie Boyd||Episode: "The Symbol"|
|1969||My World and Welcome to It||Aunt Kate||Episode: "The Disenchanted"|
|That Girl||Dorothy Desmond||Episode: "My Part Belongs to Daddy"|
|1969–1974||Here's Lucy||Second Woman / Mrs. Sheila Casten / Lillian Rylander / Ma Parker / Cynthia Duncan||5 episodes|
|1971||Sarge||Cass||Episode: "Identity Crisis"|
|1972–1974||McMillan & Wife||Marnie / Carole Crenshaw||4 episodes|
|1973||Lady Luck||Fran||Television film|
|1974||Maude||Marta||Episode: "Walter's Ex"|
|1975||Baretta||Mrs. Marriott||Episode: "Woman in the Harbor"|
|1975–1976||Chico and the Man||Flora||3 episodes|
|1976||Ellery Queen||Gossip Columnist||Episode: "The Adventure of the Sinister Scenario"|
|Emergency!||Nurse||Episode: "The Nuisance"|
|Bronk||Beatrice||Episode: "The Vigilante"|
|1976–1977||Charlie's Angels||Madam Dorian / Hildy Slater||2 episodes|
|1977||Starsky & Hutch||Scorchy||Episode: "Huggy Bear and the Turkey"|
|In the Glitter Palace||Daisy Dolon||Television film|
|Kojak||Marie Stella||4 episodes|
|1979||Rendezvous Hotel||Lucille Greenwood||Television film|
|1980||Make Me an Offer||Pru Babcock|
|1981||Darkroom||Sally Anne||Episode: "The Partnership"|
|1982||Laverne & Shirley||Mrs. Harmon||Episode: "I Do, I Don't"|
|Strike Force||Mitzi||Episode: "The John Killer"|
|Trapper John, M.D.||Natasha||Episode: "The Object of My Affliction"|
|Knight Rider||Sen. Maggie Flynn||Episode: "Just My Bill"|
|Something So Right||Cahuenga||Television film|
|Hart to Hart||Christine Garrick||Episode: "One Hart Too Many"|
|CBS Children's Mystery Theatre||Florence Dumont||Episode: "The Zertigo Diamond Caper"|
|1983||The Love Boat||Phyllis Faraday||Episode: "Paroled to Love / First Impressions / Love Finds Florence Nightingale"|
|Quincy, M.E.||Winslow||2 episodes|
|Now We're Cookin'||Marge||Television film|
|1985, 1988||Murder, She Wrote||Christine Carpenter / Shayna Grant||2 episodes|
|1986||The A-Team||Mrs. Prescott||Episode: "Members Only"|
|Magnum, P.I.||Sarah Tate||Episode: "All Thieves on Deck"|
|1986–1988||Cagney & Lacey||Donna LaMarr||5 episodes|
|1986–1987||Dynasty||Cora Van Husen||4 episodes|
|1987||Carly's Web||Myrtle||Television film|
|1990||A Family for Joe||Medium||Episode: "The Medium"|
|1993||Gloria Vane||Mona Lewis||Television film|
|2000||Strip Mall||Doreen Krudup||Episode: "Burbank Bigfoot"|
|2006||Grey's Anatomy||Sophie Larson||Episode: "Tell Me Sweet Little Lies"|
|2014||Major Crimes||Marcella Brewster||Episode: "Frozen Assets"|
|2015, 2018||Break a Hip||Pearl Goodfish||3 episodes|
|1956||The Threepenny Opera||Mrs. Peacham||Off-Broadway, New York|||
|1960||Kismet||Lalume||The Melody Tent, Pittsburgh|||
|1965–1966||Hello, Dolly!||Dolly Levi||Her Majesty's Theatre, Sydney; Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne; His Majesty's Theatre, Auckland|||
|1964||Stop the World – I Want to Get Off||Evie|||
|1974, 1978||Father's Day||Louise||Huntington Hartford Theatre, Los Angeles (1974); Total Theatre, Melbourne; Mayfair Theatre, Sydney|||
|1979–1980||Romantic Comedy||Blanche Dailey||Broadway, New York|||
|1980–1989||42nd Street||Maggie Jones||Broadway; US Tour (1984)|
|1982||The Supporting Cast||Huntington Hartford Theatre, Los Angeles|||
|1988–1989||Steel Magnolias||Ouiser Boudreaux||Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena; John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.|||
|1992; 2007||Dress Up||Herself||Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena (1992); New Conservatory Theatre Center, San Francisco (2007)|||
|1994||The Lion in Winter||Eleanor||Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena|||
|1995||Ladies in Retirement||Leonora Fiske||Coconut Grove Playhouse, Miami|||
|1996||Radio Gals||Hazel C. Hunt||John Houseman Theatre, New York|||
|2002||Follies||Hattie Walker||Wadsworth Theatre, Los Angeles|||
|2006||70, Girls 70||Gert Appleby||New York City Center, New York|||
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