Carol Cook dies at 98: Sixteen Candles and The Lucy Show star dies of heart failure

Carole Cook dies at 98: Sixteen Candles star and protégé Lucille Ball dies of heart failure just three days before Christmas

  • The legendary Beverly Hills actress died at the age of 98 of a heart attack on Wednesday, her husband Tom Troupe announced.
  • She was one of the best friends and proteges of Hollywood icon Lucille Ball which led to her making multiple appearances on The Lucy Show and Here’s Lucy.
  • Cook worked on 18 episodes of The Lucy Show from 1963 to 1968 playing Lucy Carmichael’s friend, Thelma Green.
  • She went on to star alongside Ball in five episodes of Here’s Lucy from 1969 to 1974
  • One of her major roles was as Helen, the sensitive grandmother of Molly Ringwald’s character Samantha ‘Sam’ Baker, in the 1984 film Sixteen Candles.

Carole Cook – who starred in Sixteen Candles and The Lucy Show – passed away just three days before her 99th birthday.

The legendary Beverly Hills actress died at the age of 98 of a heart attack, on Wednesday, her husband, Tom Troupe, 94, announced. Hollywood Reporter.

She was one of the best friends and proteges of Hollywood icon Lucille Ball which led her to multiple appearances on The Lucy Show and Here’s Lucy.

Sad: Carole Cook (pictured in 2019) — who starred in Sixteen Candles and The Lucy Show — died just three days before her 99th birthday

Cook worked on 18 episodes of The Lucy Show from 1963 to 1968 playing Lucy Carmichael’s friend, Thelma Green.

She went on to star alongside Ball in five episodes of Here’s Lucy from 1969 to 1974.

Cook and Ball played the hit game show Password together in 1965.

BOND: The legendary Beverly Hills actress died at the age of 98 of a heart attack on Wednesday her husband, Tom Tropp, announced according to The Hollywood Reporter that the famous couple was spotted out and about in West Hollywood in January 2019.

BOND: The legendary Beverly Hills actress died at the age of 98 of a heart attack on Wednesday her husband, Tom Tropp, announced according to The Hollywood Reporter that the famous couple was spotted out and about in West Hollywood in January 2019.

BFFs: Cook worked on 18 episodes of The Lucy Show from 1963 to 1968 playing Thelma Green, a friend of Lucy Carmichael.

BFFs: Cook worked on 18 episodes of The Lucy Show from 1963 to 1968 playing Thelma Green, a friend of Lucy Carmichael.

Iconic: One of her main roles was Helen, the sensitive grandmother of Molly Ringwald's character Samantha 'Sam' Baker, in the 1984 classic Sixteen Candles.

Iconic: One of her main roles was Helen, the sensitive grandmother of Molly Ringwald’s character Samantha ‘Sam’ Baker, in the 1984 classic Sixteen Candles.

Their relationship was so close-knit that the I Love Lucy star was even a matron of honor at Cook’s wedding to Troupe in 1964.

One of her major roles was as Helen, the sensitive grandmother of Molly Ringwald’s character Samantha ‘Sam’ Baker, in the 1984 classic Sixteen Candles.

The talented star also starred opposite Don Knotts in the 1964 comedy The Incredible Mr. Limpet where Knotts played a man named Henry Limpet who turns into a talking fish and helps the US Navy locate and destroy Nazi submarines.

Signature Role: The talented star also starred in the 1964 comedy Don Knotts (center), The Incredible Mr.  Limpet as Knotts plays a man named Henry Limpet who transforms into a talking fish and helps the US Navy locate and destroy Nazi submarines (Arthur Lubin is pictured left)

Signature Role: The talented star also starred in the 1964 comedy Don Knotts (center), The Incredible Mr. Limpet as Knotts plays a man named Henry Limpet who transforms into a talking fish and helps the US Navy locate and destroy Nazi submarines (Arthur Lubin is pictured left)

Talented: In addition to roles in Lucille Ball shows, her successful TV career included roles in 1969's That Girl (pictured), 1974's Maude, and 1977's Kojak, as well as four episodes of Dynasty from 1986 to 1987

Talented: In addition to roles in Lucille Ball shows, her successful TV career included roles in 1969’s That Girl (pictured), 1974’s Maude, and 1977’s Kojak, as well as four episodes of Dynasty from 1986 to 1987

Other feature films in which she starred included Grandview, USA (1984), American Gigolo (1980), Summer Lovers (1982), and Palm Springs Weekend (1963).

In addition to roles in Lucille Ball shows, her successful television career included roles in 1969’s That Girl, 1974’s Maude, and 1977’s Kojak, as well as four episodes of Dynasty from 1986 to 1987.

She was not only a star on the big and small screens but also on the stage as she starred as second actress behind Carol Channing to star as Dolly Levi in ​​Hello, Dolly on Broadway in 1965.

ICON: Other feature films she starred in included Grandview, USA (1984), American Gigolo (1980), Summer Lovers (1982), and Palm Springs Weekend (1963), filmed in 1987

ICON: Other feature films she starred in included Grandview, USA (1984), American Gigolo (1980), Summer Lovers (1982), and Palm Springs Weekend (1963), filmed in 1987

Cook was also quite a philanthropist as she was a longtime supporter of several AIDS organizations and appeared regularly as a featured performer at the annual Los Angeles STAGE benefit.

She and her husband Troupe received the 2002 Theater Ovation Award for Lifetime Career Achievement as the first husband and wife so honored.

Mildred Frances Cook was born in Abilene, Texas on January 15, 1924 as one of four children to Leland Preston Cook Sr. and his wife, Modine.

BIG HEARTS: She and husband Troupe received the 2002 Theater Ovation Award for Lifetime Achievement as the first husband and wife to be so honored, and the couple were seen in June 2016

BIG HEARTS: She and husband Troupe received the 2002 Theater Ovation Award for Lifetime Achievement as the first husband and wife to be so honored, and the couple were seen in June 2016

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