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April 16, 2013

Helena Carroll, Veteran Actress in Theater, Film, Television

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, and reared in Ireland, Carroll worked for decades in the U.S.

Helena Carroll, an Irish actress who worked for decades in the United States, died on March 31, 2013, in Marina del Rey, California. She was 84.

According to news reports, the cause was heart failure.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Carroll, the daughter of playwright Paul Vincent Carroll, grew up in Ireland and studied in London before moving to the U.S., where she found steady employment on stage, in films and on television.

Her Broadway credits included Terrence Rattigan’s Separate Tables, the original production of the musical Oliver!, Borstal Boy and the 1983 revival of Noël Coward’s Private Lives, starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

Her feature films included The Friends of Eddie Coyle, The Jerk, The Dead and The Mambo Kings.

She also appeared in numerous television series: Kraft Theatre, The Dona Reed Show, The Virginian, Ironside, Mannix, Kojak, Starsky and Hutch, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Edge of Night, Mrs. Columbo, WKRP in Cincinnati, Laverne & Shirley, B.J. and the Bear, Murder, She Wrote, Bette, Touched by an Angel and many others.

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