Fox News reports that actress Carole Cook, known among many among other things for her role in the movie Sixteen Candles, has died.
She was 98.
What we know:
Cook’s passing was announced by her husband, actor Tom Troupe. According to Troupe, Cook died on Wednesday, which was just three days before her 99th birthday. The cause was heart failure.
More details were provided by Mark Cocanougher, Cook’s nephew.
On his Facebook page, Cocanougher wrote:
My dear aunt Carole died this afternoon, Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at 1:58 pm.She was at home, in her own bed, her husband Tom and I at her side, each holding her hand. She had a wonderful visit with her loving step-son Christopher Troupe and wife Becky on Sunday, and their presence was such a comfort.
Carole departed in peace and comfort having lived a long and wonderful life doing the work that she loved. She made many friends, and I know they will all miss her spirit, humor, and talent on the stage, and for life in general. And, that’s pretty great.
Who was Cook?
Cook’s acting career began in 1959 as a performer on Lucille Ball’s Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse. And, this was the start of what would be a very successful career.
Cook, in the 1960s, would work alongside Ball on such programs as The Lucy Show and Here’s Lucy. In the 1970s, Cook would continue making television appearances, on such shows as Starsky & Hutch and Charlie’s Angels, among many others. Then, in the 1980s, Cook made numerous appearances in films, including Sixteen Candles.
Cook was also well-known for her theater performances, appearing in such works as 42nd Street, Hello, Dolly!, and Dress Up, among others.
Cook, over the years, would receive numerous honors for her acting ability, including the Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Circle Award and the Texas Cultural Trust 2023 Texas Medal of the Arts award for Lifetime Achievement in Theater.
Cook also has a plaque on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.
“A little difference . . . for the good”
Following the news of her passing, many have taken to social media to offer their condolences and to pay tribute to Cook.
CNN reports, “in 2015, the actress told BroadwayWorld.com that she’d like to be remembered ‘as somebody who brought a little difference to people’s lives for the good.'”
Cook is survived by her husband, Tom Troupe, her stepson, Christopher Troupe, her daughter-in-law, Becky, her sister, Regina Cocanougher, and several nieces and nephews.