Few Disney villains are more dreaded by the millennial age than Ursula, the sea witch from The Little Mermaid (1989). Pat Carroll, the voice behind the popular character for a little over three decades, passed away at the age of 95.
Carroll died at her home on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, according to a press release announcing her passing. She turned 95 in May and is survived by her daughter Kerry Karsian, granddaughter Evan Karsian-McCormick, and granddaughter Tara Karsian.
Her career highlights also include The Danny Thomas Show and the Sid Caesar variety show Caesar’s Hour, for which she won a Primetime Emmy in 1957.
In the late 1970s, Carroll portrayed Gertrude Stein in a one-woman show named Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, for which she received the ‘Best Spoken Word, Documentary, or Drama’ Grammy in 1980.
Carroll was born in 1927 in Shreveport, Louisiana, and made her film debut in 1948 with Hometown Girl. In 1961, she was cast in 40 episodes of The Danny Thomas Show, which aired from 1961 until 1964.
Her future career consisted primarily of television appearances with infrequent film roles, the most notable of which is her 1989 portrayal in The Little Mermaid.
In the 1980s, she made her voice acting debut as Ms. Biddy McBrain in 13 episodes of the Saturday morning animation Galaxy High School (produced by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone director Chris Columbus). Then, she played Katrina Stoneheart in Pound Puppies.
After her popularity with the first The Little Mermaid film, Carroll continued to portray Ursula in successive films, the most recent of which will air on Disney+ in 2020 as an episode of The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse.
Pat Carroll, Who Portrayed Ursula in Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid,’ Passed Away
Pat Carroll, who provided the voice for Ursula in Disney’s animated film “The Little Mermaid,” passed away on July 30. She was 95 years old.
According to Variety, the Emmy Award-winning actress died at her home on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, while recovering from pneumonia.
Carroll began her career as a comic on the late-night circuit in the 1940s and voiced a number of cartoon characters before collecting an Emmy for her performance on “Sid Caesar’s Hour.”
Carroll’s family relocated to Los Angeles when she was 5 years old, and she began appearing in local shows not long afterward. Carroll was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, but she grew up there.
She received her diploma from the nearby all-female Immaculate Heart High School, whose other notable graduates include Meghan Markle, Mary Tyler Moore, Lucie Arnaz, Tyra Banks, and Yara Shahidi.
Other notable graduates include Diane Disney, the daughter of Walt and Lillian Disney, Mary Tyler Moore, and Mary Tyler Moore.