Pat Carroll, Little Mermaid’s Ursula voice and Emmy winner, dead at 95

FILE – Actor Pat Carroll attends the Broadway opening of “The Little Mermaid,” at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008, in New York. Carroll, a comedic television mainstay for decades, Emmy-winner for “Caesar’s Hour” and the voice Ursula in “The Little Mermaid,” died Saturday, July 30, 2022. She was 95. (G3 Box News Photo/Evan Agostini, File) Evan Agostini/G3 Box News

Pat Carroll, Little Mermaid’s Ursula voice and Emmy winner, dead at 95

Heather Hamilton

August 01, 10:01 AM August 01, 10:01 AM

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Comedian and award-winning actress Pat Carroll, who was best known for her role as the voice of Ursula in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, has died at the age of 95.

The Emmy and Grammy winner died at her home in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, on Saturday while recovering from pneumonia, per Variety.


Carroll’s daughter Tara Karsian confirmed her mother’s death and asked that people honor her by continuing to laugh.

“It is with a heavy heart that I write that my mother, Pat Carroll, has passed away at the grand old age of 95,” Karsian said in an Instagram post. “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.”

In addition to starring in The Little Mermaid, Carroll’s voice-acting career included animated characters in Pound Puppies, Galaxy High School, Foofur, and Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure. The actress also appeared on The Jimmy Durante Show, The Danny Thomas Show, The Red Skelton Hour, Getting Together, Laverne & Shirley, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, E.R., and more.

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In 1956, Carroll won an Emmy for best supporting actress following her performance as various characters in Caesar’s Hour. She also notched a Grammy in 1980 for best spoken word, which honored her performance as Gertrude Stein in a one-woman theater show.

Carroll’s career spanned seven decades, with her first role in 1947 in the film Hometown Girl. She is also survived by daughter Kerry Karsian and granddaughter Evan Karsian-McCormick.

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