Her devastating humor made her one of director Mel Brooks’ favorite actresses. American actress Carol Arthur died on November 1 at the age of 85. She had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for over ten years. David, one of the three sons she had with comic actor Dom DeLuise (1933 – 2009) paid her a moving tribute on Instagram: “Thank you for being the best mom in the world. You are free now. I will miss you and love you forever. Give dad a big hug and kiss tenderly from me. I love you.“
Carol Arthur was born on August 4, 1935 in New Jersey. After having hosted comedy shows for American television alongside her husband Dom DeLuise, her acting career exploded in 1971 with the incarnation of Mrs Warren in Making it by John Erman.
But it is obviously under the direction of Mel Brooks that his quirky, unpredictable drollery will take on its full dimension. The general American public fond of his game will never forget his performances in the comedies of the craziest of American filmmakers: Blazing saddles in 1974, a parody of western, and Sacred Robin Hood, a remake “à la Mel BrooksFrom the legendary film by Michael Curtiz with the unforgettable Errol Flynn.
A woman of heart and commitment, Carol Arthur agreed in the 1980s to become the spokesperson for the Consumer Safety Commission in the United States. A crazy act of courage for this actress who had played under her married name, Carol DeLuise, The Last Madness of Mel Brooks, the craziest comedies from the master of the genre across the Atlantic.
As a tribute to the talent of Carol Arthur Le Figaro presents an excerpt from Blazing saddles.
Blazing saddles by Mel Brooks in 1974, with Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Carol Arthur …