Veteran actress Carole Cook, who is best known for her part in the 1984 John Hughes film Sixteen Candles, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 98, according to a statement from her agent Robert Malcolm.
Cook passed away “peacefully” from heart failure, according to Malcolm’s email to CNN. Her death occurred just three days before her birthday, according to her husband, actor Tom Troupe.
Carole Cook, who was she?
In 1959, Carole Cook—real name Mildred Frances Cook—became a protégé of the actress and comedian Lucille Ball. Carole Cook was born in Abilene, Texas, on January 14, 1924. She was one of Leland Preston Cook Sr(L.P.) .’s and his wife Maudine’s four children.
She studied Greek drama at Baylor University, where she received her degree in 1945.
Ball gave her the name Carole as a tribute to Ball’s friend Carole Lombard.
Cook frequently made appearances on Here’s Lucy and The Lucy Show. She voiced Pearl Gesner in the Disney animated film Home on the Range.
The Incredible Mr. Limpet, Sixteen Candles, Grandview, U.S.A., American Gigolo, Summer Lovers, and Palm Springs Weekend are just a few of the movies she appeared in. The Lucy Show, Here’s Lucy, Darkroom, Knight Rider, Emergency!, Magnum, P.I., McMillan and Wife, Murder, She Wrote, Dynasty, Charlie’s Angels, Cagney & Lacey, Grey’s Anatomy, and a Season 4 episode of Hart to Hart are just a few of the shows she appeared on as a guest.
She created the character of Maggie Jones in the Broadway production of 42nd Street in 1980. Over 60 screen credits were earned by Cook.
She got herself into trouble in September 2018 when she said in an interview with TMZ that President Donald Trump should be killed. She questioned, “Where is John Wilkes Booth when you need him, right?”
In March 1964, she married Troupe. Ball served as their matron of honor at the ceremony, and TCM anchor Robert Osborne served as their best man.