‘Sixteen Candles’ star Carole Cook dies at 98

Hollywood has lost another great.

Carole Cook died of heart failure Wednesday in Beverly Hills, her husband, actor Tom Troupe, announced.

Cook would have turned 99 on Saturday.

The legendary artist’s career spanned decades. Known as Lucille Ball’s protege, the Texas native moved to California at her mentor’s request, per Variety.

The “I Love Lucy” star even convinced the budding comedian to change her name from Mildred to Carole.

After appearing in a 1959 episode of Ball’s “Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse”, Cook appeared in 18 episodes of “The Lucy Show” from 1963 to 1968, followed by five episodes of “Here’s Lucy” from 1969 to 1974.

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Iconic actress Carole Cook died of heart failure Wednesday in Beverly Hills.
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The red-haired pals also played “Password” together on a 1965 episode of the game show.

Signed to Desilu, Cook even lived in Ball’s house after the latter divorced Desi Arnaz in 1960.

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Her husband, actor Tom Troupe, made the announcement.
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In 1964, Cook portrayed the wife of Don Knotts’ character in “The Incredible Mr. Limpet”. Two decades later, she took on the role of Molly Ringwald’s Grandma Helen in “Sixteen Candles.”

And in 2006, she appeared in an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.”

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Lucille Ball was Cook’s mentor, colleague, friend and roommate.
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The actress was also on Broadway three times – first playing Mrs. Peachum in 1954 in a revival of “Threepenny Opera.”

Cook later appeared in “Romantic Comedy,” which ran from 1979 to 1980, as well as the 1980 musical “42nd Street.”

She also starred as Dolly Levi in ​​”Hello, Dolly!” for a long concert in Australia in 1965.

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Cook appeared on an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” in 2006.
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More recently, Cook made headlines for suggesting that former President Donald Trump should be assassinated.

“Where is John Wilkes Booth when you need him, right?” she joked with a TMZ paparazzo in September 2018.

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Cook played Molly Ringwald’s Grandma Helen in “Sixteen Candles.”

It wasn’t long before the Secret Service paid him a visit.

“They couldn’t have been nicer,” she later revealed. “I said, ‘I can’t go to jail. The stripes are horizontal – they don’t look good on me. “

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