Carole Cook, Broadway Star And ‘Sixteen Candles’ Actor, Dead At 98

Carole Cook, a veteran stage and display actor and the protege of Lucille Ball, has died. She was 98.

Her agent Robert Malcolm instructed CNN the actor died “peacefully” Wednesday from coronary heart failure. Cook starred within the iconic 1984 John Hughes movie “Sixteen Candles” and tv staples together with “Murder, She Wrote” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Cook, a local Texan born in 1924, was in her mid-30s and doing theater in Ohio when Ball found her. The “I Love Lucy” star took Cook underneath her wing and adjusted her life ― together with encouraging her to maneuver to Los Angeles and use a unique title.

“I had no place to live in California so I lived in Lucy’s guesthouse until I got settled,” Cook instructed the web site Queer Voices in 2019. “She changed my name. I was born Mildred Frances Cook but Lucy didn’t think it was a good show business name.”

Cook stated Ball instructed her she had “the same healthy disrespect for everything” as actor Carole Lombard and thus christened her after the “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” star.

Solid in practically a dozen reveals, Cook grew to become an everyday on “The Lucy Show” from 1963 to 1968 and joined its spinoff collection, “Here’s Lucy,” in 1969.

Cook (proper) and Lucille Ball (left) labored collectively for greater than a decade and had been shut mates.

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“I remember Lucy saying clearly, ‘Carole, practice the art of selfishness,’ and what she meant by that is if you take care of yourself you are helping everyone else,” she instructed Every thing Zoomer in 2022. “In this business, you meet everyone from the lowest to the highest and I take from everyone I meet on this journey. And, if you’re smart, you take the good things. Be very selective.”

Cook made her Broadway debut in 1979’s “Romantic Comedy” and returned to the theater district for “42nd Street” in 1980, the identical 12 months Paul Schrader solid her in “American Gigolo.” She took her remaining bow on Broadway in 2006 for “70, Girls, 70,” based on Broadway World.

Some may keep in mind Cook greatest as Grandma Helen, who picked at her teenage granddaughter’s physique in “Sixteen Candles.” She graced the small display with roles in “The A-Team,” “Knight Rider,” “Magnum P.I.” and the cult-classic cleaning soap “Dynasty.”

Cook’s rising star coincided with the AIDS disaster, main her to advocate for a number of charities, together with the musical theater HIV/AIDS profit S.T.A.G.E. LA and the San Francisco group Assist Is On The Manner.

“People I loved had been struck,” she instructed Every thing Zoomer. “Some of the people I loved the most had it and that is what I wanted to do … I never felt afraid of AIDS. We would go to the hospital to visit our friends wearing heavy gowns and masks, but we knew it was to protect them from us and vice versa.”

Cook made headlines in 2018 whereas commenting on then-President Donald Trump after a banner in his assist was unfurled at a Los Angeles theater. “Where’s John Wilkes Booth when you need him?” she stated to TMZ.

The movie “Still Waiting in the Wings” that 12 months marked Cook’s remaining movie position.

Cook as soon as mirrored on how she want to be remembered.

“I would like to be remembered as somebody who brought a little difference to people’s lives for the good,” she instructed Broadway World in 2015. “We all want to be beloved, and that would be nice. I’d like for them to think ‘I’m glad I knew her.’”

She is survived by her husband, actor Tom Troupe.