Pat Carroll, Emmy- and Grammy-winning voice behind Ursula from The Little Mermaid, dies at 95

Pat Carroll, the Emmy and Grammy-winning voice behind Ursula from The Little Mermaid and artist whose career spanned more than 70 years, has died aged 95.

As reported by Variety, Carroll’s death was confirmed by her rep, Derek Maki, and he shared that Carroll “passed away with her best friend by her side” in Cape Cod, Massachusetts while recovering from a pneumonia.

Image credit: Valerie Macon/Getty Images

Image credit: Valerie Macon/Getty Images

Carroll was born May 5, 1927, in Shreveport, Louisiana, and her family moved to Los Angeles when she was five. Before becoming an actress and getting her first role in the 1947 film Hometown Girl, she enlisted in the US Army during World War II.

After Hometown Girl, she will appear in numerous variety shows and will win an Emmy Award in 1956 for her work on Sid Caesar’s House. She could also be seen on Make Room for Daddy, The Jimmy Durante Show, The Danny Thomas Show, Too Close for Comfort and She’s the Sherriff.

Carroll has also appeared on some of the most iconic TV shows of all time including The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Laverene & Shirley, The Love Boat, Designing Women and ER alongside a handful of game shows.

She would win a Grammy in 1980 for Best Spoken Word (Documentary or Drama) for her performance as Gertrude Stein in her solo theater show.

1989’s The Little Mermaid would prove to be one of her best roles, and she helped make Ursula one of the most beloved villains in Disney’s long history. Carroll would continue to voice Ursula in later years, including for video games like Kingdom Hearts, Disney theme park attractions, and the 1993 CBS series Little Mermaid.

Carroll is survived by his daughters, Kerry Karsian and Tara Karasian, and his granddaughter, Evan Karsian-McCormick.

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