Carroll’s daughter, Kerry Karsian, told the Hollywood Reporter that her mother died Saturday of pneumonia at her home in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Carroll’s other daughter, Tara Karsian, paid tribute to the star in an Instagram post on Sunday, asking fans to “honor her by laughing raucously at absolutely anything today (and every day) because in addition to her brilliant talent and Love, she leaves Sister Kerry and me with the greatest gift of all, imbuing us with humor and the ability to laugh… even in the saddest of times.”
Born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1927, Carroll landed her first major role in the 1948 film “Hometown Girl.”
Over the next seven decades, he appeared on such television shows as “The Danny Thomas Show,” “The Red Skelton Show,” “Busting Loose” and “ER,” and also guest-starred on “The DuPont Show.” with June Allyson.
In 1956, he received an Emmy Award for his work on Sid Caesar’s “Caesar’s Hour” sketch comedy series.
In 1981, she won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word, Documentary, or Drama for the recording of her one-man show “Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein.”
Carroll landed his first voiceover job in 1966, for the animated television series “The Super 6.” In 1988, she played the role of Granny in the English version of the Japanese animated classic “My Neighbor Totoro”. But it was her performance a year after her as one of Disney’s most memorable villains, in “The Little Mermaid,” that catapulted her to international fame. She also provided the vocals for the sea witches’ signature song, “Poor Unfortunate Souls”.
She later described the character of Ursula as one of her favorites and reprized the role in various “The Little Mermaid” sequels, spin-offs, video games, and even theme park attractions.
She added that she was “so excited” when she got a call from Disney to play the part a year after auditioning six times and prepared by pretending Ursula was a former Shakespearean actress selling used cars.
“I’ve never enjoyed anything so much in my life and I continue to get fan mail from kids all over the world.”