Tara Karsian will 'always remember' late mom Pat Carroll's laugh in moving tribute

Amber Peake August 1, 2022
Tara Karsian will 'always remember' late mom Pat Carroll's laugh in moving tribute
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Celebrated actress Pat Carroll, familiar to audiences for voicing Ursula in 1989 Disney classic The Little Mermaid, has died aged 95, as confirmed by her daughter Kerry Karsian. 

The star’s daughter announced the passing of her mother to The Hollywood Reporter yesterday (Sunday, July 31) as she revealed she had died of pneumonia at the weekend. 

Caroll is survived by her daughters, Tara and Kerry, with Tara Karsian sharing a touching tribute to her mother in a post on social media. 

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Tara Karsian pays tribute to mom Pat Carroll

On Sunday, Pat Carroll’s daughter Tara Karsian, who is also an actress, took to Instagram to dedicate a post to her mother. 

In the post, Tara fondly remembered her mother’s laugh as she shared a meme that read: “There is nothing more beautiful than Pat Carroll laughing.”

Reflecting on the meme in the caption, Tara wrote: “Truer words were never written, and this is how we’ll always remember her.”

While Tara discussed how her mother left her sister Kerry and herself the “greatest gift of all” – humour – she also asked fans to have “a raucous laugh” in honor of the late actress.

Tara followed in mother’s acting footsteps

While her mother is remembered for voicing The Little Mermaid’s Ursula, Tara is also an actress having started her on-screen career in the early 1990s.

During her more than three-decade-long career in TV, Tara starred in notable titles such as Desperate Housewives, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Malcolm In The Middle. 

She also featured as recurring character Liz Dade throughout the 12th and 15th seasons of medical drama ER and in 2018 she featured in an episode of classic soap The Young And The Restless. 

More recent roles include Chef Bertie on the ninth season of American Horror Story, 1984 and Gayle Burns on Apple TV+ series The Morning Show.

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Kerry also pursued a career in entertainment

The late actress is also survived by her daughter Kerry, who worked in the entertainment world as a casting director. 

As per Kerry’s IMDb, she is credited to have worked on 16 projects from 1996 to 2000. Her page doesn’t feature any recent credits, however, as per recent articles she is reported to be a casting agent these days.

Some credits as casting director include 1999 film Silicon Towers, Nineties crime drama series Silk Stalkings and 2000 film The Right Temptation. 

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Amber is a freelance writer on The Focus who mainly covers anything celeb, music, and entertainment related. Having graduated with a BA (Hons) in Journalism from Brunel University in 2020, she has spent the last two years reporting the latest celeb news and pop culture trends across leading and national publishers. Starting her career at Express.co.uk as a showbiz reporter, Amber began contributing on The Focus in 2021. As well as her work on the site, she has also written across other GRV Media publications, including both Reality Titbit and HITC. When she's not scrolling endlessly on TikTok, you'll find Amber wrapped up in yet another DIY crafting project.