Victoria Carroll

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Victoria Carroll
Born Mary Carol Lee Ford
(1941-01-21) January 21, 1941 (age 76)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other names Victoria Carrol-Bell
Occupation Actress, voice actress, artist
Years active 1964–present
Spouse(s) Michael Bell (m. 1984)
Children Ashley Bell

Victoria Carroll (or Victoria Carrol-Bell; born Mary Carol Lee Ford on January 21, 1941) is an American film, stage and television actress, voice actress and artist.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born Mary Carol Lee Ford on January 21, 1941[1][2] in Los Angeles, California, the third child of Oscar Ford, a vaudeville actor turned publicity agent and Lillian Ford, an actress. During the late 1940s, the whole family (along with her two older brothers) performed together on stage with their daughter as "The World's Youngest Mind Reader".[2]


Early career[edit]

Shortly after finishing high school, she began supporting herself as a painter with an art scholarship but also took several dance classes. This led to an audition for Don Arden, who hired her to dance in his play. Mary Carol Lee started working professionally as a dancer in Broadway shows.

Film career[edit]

By 1964, her dancing career had plunged into films. George Cukor had been so impressed by her that, apart from her dancing part in My Fair Lady, he gave her a minor role as a Magpie in the race scene with Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn. She acquired an agent and also changed her name to Victoria Carroll because there already were actresses named Mary Ford and Carol Lee Ford registered in the SAG.

Despite her part in a highly praised and successful film, Carroll had small roles in films throughout the 1960s: a part in the chorus in Robin and the 7 Hoods, the dance girl playing Lady Godiva in The Art of Love, the shoeshine girl in How to Stuff a Wild Bikini, the woman presenting Elvis Presley's character with his trophy in Spinout, the girl who is mistaken for a spy by Marty Allen's character in The Last of the Secret Agents?, dance hall girl in The Fastest Guitar Alive, and crime boss Earl Veasey's girlfriend in The Road Hustlers.[2] In 1969, she played the go-go dancer in the horror film Nightmare in Wax.

Her film work briefly continued in the mid-1970s with roles in Gemini Affair, Hustle, The Kentucky Fried Movie, The Billion Dollar Hobo, The Lucifer Complex, and Pandemonium.

Television career[edit]

Carroll has made appearances on TV shows from 1960s-present. In 1964, she played a nurse on McHale's Navy. In 1965 she appeared on The Jack Benny Program as Miss Collins. In 1967, she had a small role on The Beverly Hillbillies. In 1968–1970, she appeared as six different characters on six episodes of Hogan's Heroes. In 1982, she played Dottie in an episode of Dynasty, and in 1982–83, she made several appearances on Gimme a Break[3] and more. She was Mel's girlfriend, Marie Massey on Alice (1978–1984). She played Nina Sue in a 9th season episode of The Waltons.

The Groundlings[edit]

In 1974, Victoria Carroll became one of the first actors to join The Groundlings (formerly known as "The Gary Austin Workshop"), a newly formed acting/comedy troupe [4][5]

Up until that point of her career she hadn't really showed her comedic skills. Very soon that changed as she played a variety of characters in her seven years with the improv team, such as blond bimbo author Lureen Sue Franchot. She recalls "I just really concentrated on doing comedy. [...] For me, my career began with The Groundlings. When I am asked about all this early stuff, my memory is sort of hazy."[2]

Voice over work[edit]

Carroll is also a famous voice actress. Among her voice over roles in cartoons are:


In recent years, Carroll has successfully returned to painting, specializing in paintings covering the "Nostalgic Era". She is an accomplished artist under the pen name Victoria K. Bell.

In 2010, her work was featured as part of the Diverse Expression at The Universal Art Gallery. It was met with an overwhelmingly positive response.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Carroll married fellow voice actor Michael Bell in 1984.[2] They have a daughter, Ashley Bell, who is also an actress.


  1. ^ a b c Victoria Carroll Bell From Actress To Artist
  2. ^ a b c d e Glamour Girls of Sixties Hollywood: Seventy-five Profiles
  3. ^ "TV listings". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. 17 November 1983. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  4. ^ The Groundglins - At The Beginning "Early members were "unknown" Craig T. Nelson, Laraine Newman, Edie McClurg, Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), Mary Edith Burrell and Paul Reubens. Tim Matheson, Anne Ruyman, Pat Morita, Jack Soo, Steve Bluestein, Adriane Barbeau, Jaye P. Morgan, Jeannie Berlin and Victoria Carroll had established themselves career wise."
  5. ^ Hogan's Heroes Herald
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