Carole Cook

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Carole Cook
Carole Cook 1964.jpg
Attending the premiere of The Incredible Mr. Limpet in 1964
Mildred Frances Cook

(1924-01-14) January 14, 1924 (age 98)[1][2]
Years active1956–2018
(m. 1964)

Mildred Frances Cook (born January 14, 1924), professionally known as Carole Cook is an American actress. known for appearances on The Lucy Show and Here's Lucy

Life and career[edit]

She was born Mildred Frances Cook on January 14, 1924, in Abilene, Texas, one of four children born to Leland Preston (L.P.) Cook Sr. and his wife, Maudine.[1][2] 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.[citation needed]

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, Grey's Anatomy, and a starring role in a Season 4 episode of Hart to Hart.[3]

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.[4]

Personal life[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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?"[5] Cook's comment received widespread attention and criticism.[6][7]



Year Title Role Notes
1963 Palm Springs Weekend Naomi Yates
1964 The Incredible Mr. Limpet Bessie Limpet
1977 The Gauntlet Waitress
1980 American Gigolo Mrs. Dobrun
1982 Summer Lovers Barbara Foster
1984 Sixteen Candles Helen
Grandview, U.S.A. Betty Welles
1996 Fast Money Ester
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


Year Title Role Notes
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

18 episodes
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"
Hart to Hart Christine Episode: "One Hart Too Many"
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
1983–1984 Capitol Sugar Laine
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


Year Play Role Venue Ref.
1956 The Threepenny Opera Mrs. Peacham Off-Broadway, New York City [4]
1960 Kismet Lalume The Melody Tent, Pittsburgh [8]
1965–1966 Hello, Dolly! Dolly Levi Her Majesty's Theatre, Sydney; Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne; His Majesty's Theatre, Auckland [9]
1964 Stop the World – I Want to Get Off Evie [10]
1974, 1978 Father's Day Louise Huntington Hartford Theatre, Los Angeles (1974); Total Theatre, Melbourne; Mayfair Theatre, Sydney [11][12]
1979–1980 Romantic Comedy Blanche Dailey Broadway, New York [13]
1980–1989 42nd Street Maggie Jones Broadway; US Tour (1984)
1982 The Supporting Cast Huntington Hartford Theatre, Los Angeles [14]
1988–1989 Steel Magnolias Ouiser Boudreaux Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena; John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. [15][16]
1992; 2007 Dress Up Herself Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena (1992); New Conservatory Theatre Center, San Francisco (2007) [17][18]
1994 The Lion in Winter Eleanor Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena [19]
1995 Ladies in Retirement Leonora Fiske Coconut Grove Playhouse, Miami [20]
1996 Radio Gals Hazel C. Hunt John Houseman Theatre, New York [21]
2002 Follies Hattie Walker Wadsworth Theatre, Los Angeles [22]
2006 70, Girls 70 Gert Appleby New York City Center, New York [8]


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  2. ^ a b "FamilySearch". FamilySearch. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
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  4. ^ a b Green, Stanley. “The Threepenny Opera”. Broadway Musicals: Show by Show. Hal Leonard Corporation, 2011. ISBN 9781557837844
  5. ^ Flood, Brian (September 10, 2018). "Hollywood grande dame Carole Cook goes after Trump". Fox News. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  6. ^ Deb, Sopan (September 10, 2018). "Actress Carole Cook Jokes About a Trump Assassination". The New York Times. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  7. ^ "Carole Cook: Broadway star criticized for Trump comments". The Washington Post. September 10, 2018. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  8. ^ a b "Carole Cook theatre profile". Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  9. ^ "Hello, Dolly! (Australian Production, 1965)". Ovrtur. Retrieved March 2, 2020.
  10. ^ "1983/001/SBPM05424 - Sacramento Bee". Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  11. ^ "San Bernardino Sun 21 July 1974 — California Digital Newspaper Collection". Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  12. ^ "AusStage". Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  13. ^ "Carole Cook – Broadway Cast & Staff | IBDB". Retrieved March 2, 2020.
  14. ^ "Special Collections Registry". Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  15. ^ "'Magnolias'--a Celebration of Women". Los Angeles Times. September 27, 1988. Retrieved March 2, 2020.
  16. ^ Richards, David (February 24, 1989). "'STEEL MAGNOLIAS' GRIT WITH A GRIN". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved March 2, 2020.
  17. ^ "STAGE REVIEWS : Carole Cook Reveals Her Life in 'Dress Up'". Los Angeles Times. April 10, 1992. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  18. ^ "Carole Cook in Dress Up (Closed December 09, 2007) | San Francisco | reviews, cast and info | TheaterMania". Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  19. ^ Hilsman, Hoyt (November 15, 1994). "The Lion in Winter". Variety. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  20. ^ Gordon, Pamela (November 30, 1995). "Gonna Take a Miracle". Miami New Times. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  21. ^ "Carole Cook". Retrieved March 2, 2020.
  22. ^ Hirschhorn, Joel (June 17, 2002). "Follies". Variety. Retrieved March 2, 2020.

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