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      Pat Carroll

      Pat Carroll

      Highest Rated: 100% BFFs (2014)

      Lowest Rated: 17% The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (2000)

      Birthday: May 5, 1927

      Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana, USA

      With her short white-blond hair and gregarious laugh, Pat Carroll delighted audiences for more than 50 years. But, truth be told, her TV work was a means of financing a lifestyle that allowed her to pursue a regular career as a theater performer and director. She is perhaps best remembered as Bunny Halper, wife of nightclub owner Sid Melton, on "The Danny Thomas Show" (CBS, 1961-1964) and as the inveterate matchmaker to Doris Day in the feature "With Six You Get Eggroll" (1968). Younger audiences might recognized Carroll for her stage turn in "Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein," which she played on Broadway and at colleges around the USA, or, more likely, as the voice of the villainous Ursula in Disney's "The Little Mermaid" (1989). Born in Louisiana and raised in Los Angeles, Carroll made her professional stage debut in 1947 alongside Gloria Swanson in "A Goose for the Gander." Heading East, she hit the nightclub circuit, debuting in the revue at Le Ruban Bleu in 1950. By the time she made her Broadway debut in "Catch a Star" in 1955, she was a recognized TV performer; Carroll was a sketch performer on "The Red Buttons Show" (CBS, 1952-1953), and "Saturday Night Revue" (NBC, 1954). "Caesar's Hour" (NBC, 1956-1957), on which she is best recalled for playing Carl Reiner's wife in ongoing sketches, earned her a Supporting Actress Emmy Award. For much of the decade, Carroll also appeared on many of the proliferating quiz and panel shows, including "Masquerade Party" (CBS, 1958) and "Keep Talking" (CBS, 1958-1959). Among her later small screen credits were turns as a motherly landlady to Bobby Sherman in the short-lived "Getting Together" (ABC, 1971-72), the overprotective mother of Adam Arkin in "Busting Loose" (CBS, 1977), a newspaper publisher and foil for the star in the syndicated "The Ted Knight Show" (1986) and Suzanne Somers' mother on the syndicated sitcom "She's the Sheriff" (1987). As a guest performer, she was particularly memorable on a 1971 episode of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (CBS) playing an unpleasant woman with whom Mary Richards shares a hospital room and a generation recalled her as the Wicked Stepmother to Lesley Ann Warren's "Cinderella" (CBS, 1966). More recently, Carroll was utterly charming as a talkative ticket seller at an old movie palace with dreams of dancing on stage one more time in the American Movie Classics original drama "The Royale" (1997). For much of the 80s and 90s, Carroll performed onstage, notably at Washington, DC's The Shakespeare Theatre. After a well-received turn as the Nurse in "Romeo and Juliet" the veteran actress made theatrical history playing Sir John Falstaff in "The Merry Wives of Windsor" in 1990. Carroll tackled Brecht's "Mother Courage" in 1993 and then donned trousers again for a go at the title role of Ben Jonson's "Volpone" in 1996. Pat Carroll died on July 30, 2022 at the age of 95.

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      Freedom Writers


      THE LITTLE MERMAID, Pat Carroll, recording the voice-over for Ursula, 1989, ©Walt Disney Pictures / WITH SIX YOU GET EGGROLL, Pat Carroll, Doris Day, Brian Keith, Barbara Hershey, Jamie Farr, John Findlater, 1968. THE BROTHERS O'TOOLE, from left: Pat Carroll, Steve Carlson, 1973 THE LITTLE MERMAID, Ariel, Ursula, 1989 SONGCATCHER, Pat Carroll, 2000, (c)Lions Gate SONGCATCHER, Pat Carroll, Janet McTeer, 2000, (c)Lions Gate



      100% 85% BFFs Joan (Character) - 2014
      70% 87% Freedom Writers Miep Gies (Character) $36.6M 2007
      74% 77% Songcatcher Viney Butler (Character) $3.1M 2001
      17% 45% The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea Morgana (Voice) - 2000
      91% 88% The Little Mermaid Ursula (Voice) $109.9M 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Butterflies in Heat Tangerine (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet 60% The Brothers O'Toole Callie Burdyne (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Second Chance Gloria Petryk (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 65% With Six You Get Eggroll Maxine Scott (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet 74% Cinderella Prunella (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet 62% Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed In at the House of Mouse Ursula (Voice) -


      No Score Yet 85% ER Rebecca Chadwick (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Designing Women Unknown (Guest Star) 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers Unknown (Guest Voice) 1990
      No Score Yet 79% A Pup Named Scooby-Doo Unknown (Guest Voice) 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Super Password Guest 1988-1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Galaxy High School Ms. Biddy McBrain (Voice) 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Miriam Stein (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Heavens Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Laverne & Shirley Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1969 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story Mrs. Bannister (Character) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Getting Together Rita Simon (Character) 1971-1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Three Sons Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Interns Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Carol Burnett Show Guest 1970-1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show Loretta Kuhne (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Red Skelton Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1967-1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Danny Kaye Show Guest 1964-1965 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Please Don't Eat the Daisies Unknown (Guest Star) 1966