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Pat Carroll, voice of Ursula in ‘The Little Mermaid,’ dies

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Pat Carrolla pillar of the television comedy for decades, winner of a Emmy for “La hora de César” and the voice of Ursula in “The Little Mermaid”, died at the age of 95.

His daughter Kerry Karsian, a casting agent, said Carroll died Saturday at his home in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Her other daughter, Tara Karsian, wrote on Instagram that they want everyone to:

“honor her by laughing raucously at absolutely anything today” and every day) because in addition to her brilliant talent and love, she leaves my sister Kerry and me the greatest gift of all, imbuing us with humor and the ability to laugh… even in the saddest moments.

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Who was Pat Carroll?

Carroll was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1927. Her family moved to Los Angeles when she was 5 years old. Her first film role came in 1948 in “Hometown Girl,” but she found her way to television. He won an Emmy for his work on the sketch comedy series “Caesar’s Hour” in 1956, was a regular on “Make Room for Daddy” with Danny Thomas, a guest star on “The DuPont Show with June Allyson” and a variety shows that regularly stopped at “The Danny Kaye “Show”, “The Red Skelton Show” and “The Carol Burnett Show”.

She also played one of the evil stepsisters in the 1965 television production of “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” with Lesley Ann Warren. Ella y Ella won a Grammy in 1980 for the recording of her one-woman show “Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein.”

A new generation would come to know and love her voice thanks to Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” which was released in 1989. It wasn’t the first choice of directors Ron Clements and John Musker or the musical team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who she supposedly wanted either Joan Collins or Bea Arthur to do the voice of the sea witch.

Elaine Stritch was originally cast before Carroll came to audition. And her guttural rendition of her “Poor Unfortunate Souls” would make her one of Disney’s most memorable villains.

Carroll used to say that Ursula was one of her favorite roles and said that she saw her as an “ex-Shakespearean actress now selling cars”.

“She’s a mean old lady! I think people are fascinated by mean characters. There’s a fatal kind of distraction about the horrible bad guys in the world because we don’t meet many of them in real life. So when we get the chance, theatrically, to see one and this, she’s a big deal, it’s kind of fascinating to us.”, Carroll said in an interview.

He had the opportunity to reprise the role in various “The Little Mermaid” sequels, spin-offs, and even theme park attractions. Carroll also did the voice of Granny in the English dub of Hayao Miyazaki’s “My Neighbor Totoro”.

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