Pat Carroll, Star of ‘The Little Mermaid,’ Dies at 95
The Little Mermaid actor Pat Carroll passed away at 95. Carroll, still recovering from pneumonia, died on 30 July at her Cape Cod home.
Caroll is perhaps most well-known for her role as the Disney villain Ursula in the animated film The Little Mermaid. The film is a timeless classic. It was also a turning point for Disney. After several years of struggle, The Little Mermaid proved that animated feature films could be profitable.
Carroll was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1927. She later moved to Los Angeles at the age of five. After graduating from high school and college, Carroll joined the United States Army as an actress technician civilian. She then launched a full-time acting career in 1947.
Carroll was awarded an Emmy in 1965 for her sketch-comedy series CCaesar’sHour. She also appeared regularly on the sitcom Making Room For Daddy from 1961 to 1964.
Later, Carroll won a Grammy for her recorded version of her one-woman show Gertrude Stein. The album was nominated for the Best Spoken Word, Documentary, or Drama Award.
Carroll also portrayed Ursula in The Little Mermaid. He also reprised the role of Morgana in Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed In at the House of Mouse. In The Little Mermaid II Return to the Sea, Carroll was the voice of Morgana, the villain. Studio Ghibli fans might recognize Carroll as the English voice of Granny in My Neighbour Totoro.