At the age of 79, Carole Shelley has passed away. Disney fans will know her as goose Amelia Gabble in 1970’s The Aristocrats, Lady Kluck in 1973’s Robin Hood, and Lachesis in 1997’s Hercules.
Shelley passed away on August 31st in her home. Her cause of death was reported as cancer. We are deeply saddened to hear of this incredible woman’s passing.
Besides her contributions to animated Disney films, Shelley was a Tony Award winning actress. Her Broadways debut was in the The Odd Couple in 1965, originating the role of Gwendolyn Pigeon. She has actually appeared in all three major adaptations of The Odd Couple (also appearing in the feature film and TV series) in the same role.
She won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her role of Mrs. Kendal in The Elephant Man in 1979.
She was also nominated for Tony’s in 1975 for her performance in Alan Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular; 1987 for her portrayal of Maxine in Richard Harris’ farce Stepping Out; and in 2008 for her performance as Grandma in Billy Elliot The Musical.
Her final Broadway role was that of Miss Shingle in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.
Born in London in August of 1939, she first started her career in British films before moving to America. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert G. Woods.
The thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies of all of us at Chip and Co go out to the friends and family of Carole Shelley.