Stage and screen actress who voiced Ursula in the animated film version of The Little Mermaid. She received an Emmy Award for her performance in Caesar's Hour and a Grammy Award for the recording of her one-woman show, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein. She amassed over 90 credits throughout her long acting career.
She began acting in local productions after moving to Los Angeles at the age of five.
She played the role of Bunny Halper on The Danny Thomas Show. In 2007, she played the character Miep Gies in the movie Freedom Writers.
She was born in Shreveport, Louisiana to Kathryn Angela Carroll and Maurice Clifton Carroll. With her husband, Lee Karsian, she had three children.
She and Dakota Fanning did voiceover work for the English adaptation of the Japanese animated film My Neighbor Totoro.