This is Pat Carroll's 48th year in the theatre. She made her professional debut with Gloria Swanson in a 1947 stock production of A GOOSE FOR THE GANDER. She then played more than 200 roles before making her Broadway debut in 1955's musical revue, CATCH A STAR, receiving a TONY nomination for that performance.
Miss Carroll's television career began 45 years ago on THE RED BUTTONS SHOW. She won an EMMY in 1956 for her work on CAESAR'S HOUR and a regular berth on such series as THE DANNY THOMAS SHOW, BUSTING LOOSE, GETTING TOGETHER, THE TED KNIGHT SHOW and SHE'S THE SHERIFF. She guest-starred on The Carol Burnett, Danny Kaye and Red Skelton shows repeatedly; appeared on dramatic and variety shows and was in Rodgers and Hammerstein's CINDERELLA, which aired annually on CBS for ten years. During the 1960s and 1970s, Miss Carroll was known as "the dowager queen" of talk and game shows.
In 1979, she starred in her first one-woman show, GERTRUDE STEIN GERTRUDE STEIN GERTRUDE STEIN, which ran for eighteen months in New York and four years on the road. The production garnered a GRAMMY for the Caedmon recording, The Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Production, a Drama Desk Award for Best Actress as well.
In 1989, Miss Carroll was selected to do the voice of one of the great film villains of all time --- Ursula, the wicked squid-witch of Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID. She has two platinum records for the film album.
In 1986, she began a career in classical theatre with her Shakespearean debut in Washington D.C. as The Nurse in ROMEO AND JULIET under the direction of The Shakespeare Theatre's Michael Kahn, for whom she also portrayed Falstaff in THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR. She received The Helen Hayes Award for both performances and a third Hayes Award for her much heralded portrayal of the title character in Brecht's MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN.
In 1992, Miss Carroll reprised the role made so famous by Miss Hayes in George Kelly's THE SHOW OFF for Broadway's The Roundabout Theatre.
The actress has recently taken a turn at directing, doing a musical version of ALICE IN WONDERLAND for The Kennedy Center, re-mounting the show for a cross-country tour the following year. She has also directed Noel Coward's PRIVATE LIVES for Interact Theatre at The Folger Library in Washington, D.C. She has directed George Furth's THE SUPPORTING CAST for The Cape Playhouse, The Ogunquit Playhouse and The Westport Country Playhouse. Miss Carroll has been directing since the age of 15, when she adapted scripts and staged them for The Catholic Actors Guild in Los Angeles. At the age of 20, she was a Civilian Actress Technician for The United States Army, in theatrical charge of The Second Army, writing, producing and directing all-soldier productions.
In the fall of 1995, she will be appearing in her tenth company of NUNSENSE playing Reverend Mother.
Miss Carroll is the proud mother of a son, Sean, and two daughters, Kerry and Tara. She is a life member of The Actors Fund, a member of The Actors Studio and The Players. She has received honorary degrees from Barry College in Miami, Florida and Siena College in Albany, New York. She currently is working on adapting Gertrude Stein's THE WORLD IS ROUND as a moppet musical.
She lives on Cape Cod and can be found walking a beach there every day. She is beginning to study scuba diving and sailing.
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