Emmy Award winner Pat Carroll and voice of Ursula in The Little Mermaid dies at 95

Pat Carroll, the television comedian of decades, Emmy winner for Caesar’s Hour and the voice of Ursula in The Little Mermaid has passed away at the age of 95.

Her daughter Keri Karsian, a casting agent, said Carol died at her home in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, on Saturday, while EW She stated that she died while recovering from pneumonia.

Her other daughter, Tara Karsian, wrote on Instagram that they want everyone to ‘honor her with a loud laugh at absolutely nothing’ (and every day ahead) because along with her incredible talent and love, she leaves my sister Keri and I with the greatest gift of all, imbuing us with a sense of humor and ability To laugh…even in the toughest times.

A painful loss: Pat Carroll, the Emmy-winning TV comedy prop of decades for Caesar´s Hour and the voice of Ursula in The Little Mermaid, has died at 95;  Pictured 2013

A painful loss: Pat Carroll, the Emmy-winning TV comedy prop of decades for Caesar´s Hour and the voice of Ursula in The Little Mermaid, has died at 95; Pictured 2013

Carol was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1927. Her family moved to Los Angeles when she was 5 years old.

Her first movie role came in 1948 in Hometown Girl but she found her stride in television. She won an Emmy for her work on the comedy series Caesar’s Hour in 1956, has been a regular on Make Room for Daddy with Danny Thomas, is a guest star on The DuPont Show with June Allyson and a regular stop variety show by The Danny Kaye Show, and Red Skelton Show and The Carol Burnett Show.

She also played one of the evil sisters in the 1965 television production of Rodgers and Cinderella Hammerstein with Leslie Ann Warren.

Saab: Her daughter, Keri Karsian, a casting agent, said Carol died at her home in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, on Saturday, while EW reported that she died while recovering from pneumonia;  Pictured in 2008

Saab: Her daughter, Keri Karsian, a casting agent, said Carol died at her home in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, on Saturday, while EW reported that she died while recovering from pneumonia; Pictured in 2008

An Unforgettable Villain: One of her most famous roles is as the voice of Ursula in Disney's The Little Mermaid, which was released in 1989.

An Unforgettable Villain: One of her most famous roles is as the voice of Ursula in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, which was released in 1989.

She won a Grammy in 1980 for recording The One Woman Show Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein and Gertrude Stein.

A new generation will know and love her voice thanks to Disney’s The Little Mermaid, released in 1989.

She wasn’t the first choice of directors Ron Clements and John Musker or the music team of Howard Ashman and Alan Mencken, who reportedly wanted Joan Collins or Bea Arthur to voice the Sea Witch.

Gorgeous: Carol often says Ursula was one of her favorite roles: 'It's a mean old thing!  I think people are fascinated by mean characters.  Pictured is Jodi Benson, who voices Ariel, at Disney's California Adventure Park in 2011.

Gorgeous: Carol often says Ursula was one of her favorite roles: ‘It’s a mean old thing! I think people are fascinated by mean characters. Pictured is Jodi Benson, who voices Ariel, at Disney’s California Adventure Park in 2011.

Colorful roles: She also played one of the evil sisters in the 1965 television production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella with Leslie Ann Warren;  (LR) Carol (Prunella), Joe Van Vliet (stepmother) and Barbara Rowick (Esmerelda)

Colorful roles: She also played one of the evil sisters in the 1965 television production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella with Leslie Ann Warren; (LR) Carol (Prunella), Joe Van Vliet (stepmother) and Barbara Rowick (Esmerelda)

Elaine Stretch was originally cast before Carroll auditioned. And her sad rendition of Poor Unfortunate Souls would also make her one of Disney’s most iconic villains.

Carol often says that Ursula was one of her favorite roles. She said she saw her as “a former Shakespearean actress who now sells cars.”

‘It’s a mean old thing! “I think people are fascinated by mean characters,” Carroll said in an interview.

Brilliant Career: She won an Emmy for her work on the sitcom Caesar's Hour in 1956;  Pictured with co-star Karl Reiner at the 9th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on March 16, 1957 in New York

Brilliant Career: She won an Emmy for her work on the sitcom Caesar’s Hour in 1956; Pictured with co-star Karl Reiner at the 9th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on March 16, 1957 in New York

There is a killer kind of distraction about the terrible characters in the world because we don’t meet many of them in real life. So when we get a chance, theatrically, to see one and that one, it’s big on it, it’s great for us.

She has had the chance to reprise the role in several Little Mermaid sequels, spin-offs and even a theme park tour.

Carol was also the voice of Granny in the English dubbing of Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro.

Touch: Her daughter Tara Karsian wrote on Instagram that she wants everyone to 'honour' her by laughing loudly at absolutely anything (and every day forward) because along with her incredible talent and love, she leaves my sister Keri and I with the greatest gift.  Of everything, he imbues us with a sense of humor and the ability to laugh...even in the darkest of times'

Touch: Her daughter Tara Karsian wrote on Instagram that she wants everyone to ‘honour’ her by laughing loudly at absolutely anything (and every day forward) because along with her incredible talent and love, she leaves my sister Keri and I with the greatest gift. Of everything, he imbues us with a sense of humor and the ability to laugh…even in the darkest of times’

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