No pun intended, his voice has always been special. Actress Pat Carroll, one of the most beloved in the Disney universe, creator of one of the most iconic villains – Ursula, from The Little Mermaid – left us on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at the age of 95.
“I don’t know why for actors playing someone “good” is difficult, but playing someone “bad”? It’s paradise”, she said at the time of the release, confessing to having fun with the villain. I wrote about her long-awarded career in May 2021, click here to check it out.
The news of Pat’s death was shared by her daughter, Kerry Karsian, who explained that the actress could not resist pneumonia and died at home. The family asked fans for “a raucous laugh” at any time and day, “because, in addition to her brilliant talent and love, she left us with the greatest gift of all: the ability to laugh… even in the saddest moments.”
Winner of Emmys and Grammys, Pat was an actress known for her performances on TV and on stage. With Ursula, he gained worldwide fame and repeated his dubbing in Disney Parks, games, and drawings with the character.
“My wish before I kicked the bucket was to make a Disney movie,” the actress said in an interview back in 2022. At this point, she thought she had missed her chance because the auditions (six of them) had been done a year earlier. To her, Ursula was like a former Shakespearean actress who sold used cars. “I’ve never liked anything so much in my life and I still get fan letters from kids all over the world,” he added.
Disney fans are more saddened by the news.