Carole Cook, a veteran actress best known for her work in the 1984 John Hughes comedy Sixteen Candles, died Wednesday at the age of 98, her agent Robert Malcolm said in a statement.
Cook died “peacefully” from heart failure, Malcolm told CNN via email. Her husband, actor Tom Troupe, said that her death came just three days before her birthday.
Who was Carole Cook?
Carole Cook, who was born Mildred Frances Cook, on January 14, 1924, in Abilene, Texas, became a protégé of actress and comedian Lucille Ball in 1959. She was one of four children born to Leland Preston (L.P.) Cook Sr. and his wife, Maudine.
She graduated in 1945 from Baylor University, where she studied Greek drama.
It was Ball who gave her stage name of Carole, for Ball’s friend Carole Lombard.
Cook appeared regularly on The Lucy Show and Here’s Lucy. She starred in the animated Disney film Home on the Range, voicing Pearl Gesner.
She appeared in feature films such as The Incredible Mr. Limpet, Sixteen Candles, Grandview, U.S.A., American Gigolo, Summer Lovers, and Palm Springs Weekend. She made guest appearances on such television shows such as 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 starring role in a Season 4 episode of Hart to Hart.
She originated the role of Maggie Jones in the 1980 Broadway musical 42nd Street. Cook enjoyed over 60 screen credits.
In September 2018, she found herself in hot water after speaking in an interview with TMZ, where she suggested that President Donald Trump should be assassinated. “Where is John Wilkes Booth when you need him, right?” she asked.
She and Troupe got married in March 1964. At the wedding, Ball was their matron of honor and TCM host Robert Osborne their best man.