Actress Known for ‘Risky Business’ Dies

May 24, 2012  •  Post A Comment

An actress with a long string of film and TV credits — including what may be her best-remembered role as Tom Cruise’s mother in the 1983 hit “Risky Business” — has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Janet Carroll was 71.

Carroll died Tuesday in New York following a long illness, the story reports.

Carroll was a familiar face on television, having appeared in recurring roles on "Married … With Children," “Melrose Place” and "Murphy Brown," among numerous other TV roles.

On “Married … With Children” Carroll played the owner of the shoe store where Al (Ed O’Neill) worked; on “Murphy Brown” she was the wife of Jim Dial, the anchorman played by Charles Kimbrough.

In the movies, Carroll’s first role was in “Risky Business.” She went on to perform in a series of films including "The Killing Time" (1987), "Memories of Me" (1988), "Family Business" (1989) and the upcoming "College Debts."

Carroll is survived by her son George and his wife, Lauren.

janet_carroll.jpgJanet Carroll

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