Carole Cook, ‘Sixteen Candles’ actor, dies simply earlier than turning 99

Actor Carole Cook, identified for her work in “Sixteen Candles” and “The Lucy Show,” has died. She was 98.

Cook’s supervisor, Robert Malcom, instructed The Occasions that the actor “went peacefully” and was along with her husband, actor Tom Troupe, when she died Wednesday in Beverly Hills. Mark Cocanougher, Cook’s nephew, additionally introduced the information on Fb.

“Carole departed in peace and comfort having lived a long and wonderful life doing the work that she loved,” Cocanougher wrote. “She made many friends, and I know they will all miss her spirit, humor, and talent on the stage, and for life in general. And that’s pretty great.”

Cook would have turned 99 on Saturday.

Born Mildred Frances Cook, in Abilene, Texas, she was in her mid-30s when she started her appearing profession, in 1959, as a performer on Lucille Ball’s “Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse.” There she acquired to know Ball, who would turn out to be an in depth pal and finally satisfied Cook to vary her identify from Mildred to Carole — a nod to actor Carole Lombard. Along with her new identify and new appearing expertise, Cook started reserving extra roles.

From 1963 to 1968, Cook appeared in varied roles on “The Lucy Show” reverse Ball. She continued working with the comedy legend in CBS’ “Here’s Lucy.”

The 2 actors had been so shut that Ball was Cook’s matron-of-honor when she married Troupe in 1964, in accordance with a Fb submit from Troupe’s publicist.

Carole Cook and her husband, Tom Troupe, attend the Artwork of Elysium’s Genesis occasion in Hollywood on Sept. 20, 2013.

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Through the Nineteen Seventies, Cook appeared in a number of tv initiatives, together with “Starsky & Hutch,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Kojak” and “Maude.”

With the Nineteen Eighties got here extra movie roles. In John Hughes’ 1984 movie “Sixteen Candles,” she portrayed Grandma Helen reverse Molly Ringwald’s Sam.

“Fred, she’s gotten her boobies,” she says. “And they are so perky!”

Past TV and movie, Cook was additionally identified for her stage work. In 1980, she originated the position of Maggie Jones within the Broadway manufacturing of “42nd Street.”

Her stage bonafides additionally embrace turns in “Romantic Comedy,” “Hello, Dolly!” and “The Threepenny Opera.”

In 1992, Cook introduced her one-woman present, “Dress Up,” to the Pasadena Playhouse, the place she mused on her Texas upbringing, her snarky grandmother and extra.

“Here is my life! If you don’t like it, you can go take a hike!” she stated in the course of the present.

For greater than 30 years, Cook additionally advocated for HIV and AIDS consciousness.

She is survived by her husband, her stepson Christopher Troupe and his spouse, Becky, sister Regina Cocanougher and nieces and nephews.

No companies have been introduced, however Cook’s household shared that followers may donate to the Leisure Neighborhood Fund in lieu of flowers.