The voice of Ursula in The Little Mermaid, Pat Carroll, has passed away at the age of 95. The veteran actress passed away at her home at Cape Cod, Massachusetts on July 30.
Carroll was born on May 5, 1927 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Her family moved to Los Angeles when she was five years old. She began acting in local productions shortly after. Her first screen credit was 1947’s Hometown Girl. This would start a long career for Carroll in front of the camera and on stage. In 1956, she won an Emmy Award for her work on Sid Caesar’s House. She would continue to perform prolifically through the coming decades.
Perhaps one of her most memorable roles, particularly for Disney fans, came when wage lent her voice to Ursula the sea witch in 1989 for Disney’s The Little Mermaid. This role is as an instant classic and she would reprise it multiple times through the year for different Disney projects. She would share that this role was one of her favorites.
She is survived by daughters Kerry Karsian, Tara Karsian and granddaughter Evan Karsian-McCormick.