Voice of ‘Little Mermaid’s’ Ursula, Pat Carroll, dies at 95

Pat Carroll, who among many roles voiced Ursula in the 1989 Disney classic The Little Mermaid, died last weekend at age 95, according to an Instagram post by her children Tara and Kerry Karsian.

“It is with a heavy heart that I write that my mother, Pat Carroll, has passed away at the grand old age of 95,” the girls wrote.

“We ask that you honor her by having a raucous laugh at absolutely anything today (and everyday forward) because besides her brilliant talent and love, she leaves my sister Kerry and I with the greatest gift of all, imbuing us with humor and the ability to laugh…even in the saddest of times.”

Kerry Karsian told The Hollywood Reporter her mother died Saturday from pneumonia at her home in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Her career

Carroll had a long career before voicing Ursula, playing second to such comic greats as Red Buttons, Jimmy Durante, Mickey Rooney, Steve Allen and Charley Weaver.

She won an Emmy in 1957 for Caesar’s Hour and was nominated again the next year.

Her television credits were extensive and included guest appearances on The Danny Thomas Show, Too Close for Comfort, She’s the Sheriff, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Laverne & Shirley, CinderellaPlease Don’t Eat the DaisiesLove, American StyleMy Three SonsPolice WomanBusting LooseThe Love BoatTrapper John, M.D.Evening ShadeDesigning Women and ER.

Carroll also performed on Broadway, getting a Tony nomination for the 1955 musical revue Catch a Star! She was probably most famous for her portrayal of Gertrude Stein in an off-Broadway, one-woman show, for which she won a Grammy Award for the spoken album from that show in 1981.

In the 1980s, she did extensive voiceover work, and she also worked on many game shows through the years.

Her laugh

Carroll was known for her infectious, raucous laugh, and she injected humor into everything she did.

For the role of Ursula, Carroll beat out a list of high profile contenders including Joan Collins, Bea Arthur, and Roseanne Barr.

She said it had been a dream for her to do a Disney movie, and made Ursula into one of Disney’s most popular and iconic villains.

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