Blazing Saddles star Carol Arthur dies aged 85

Blazing Saddles star Carol Arthur dies aged 85

Blazing Saddles star Carol Arthur has died aged 85.

The actress died on Sunday at at the Mary Pickford House at the Motion Picture & Television Fund home in Woodland Hills, her family told The Hollywood Reporter.

She had battled Alzheimer’s disease for 11 years.

The star was a long time collaborator with writer and director Mel Brooks, appearing in Blazing Saddles as Harriett Johsnon and three other of his films. She also appeared in Silent Movie, Robin Hood: Men In Tights and Dracula: Dead and Loving It.

Her son David DeLuise wrote 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 a kiss from me ❤️ Thank you for your wisdom and unconditional love. And thank you for giving your gift. We were all so Lucky and blessed to have you. I Love you.’

In a statement Mel said: ‘She was my lifelong friend and she will be missed.’

Carol was married to actor Dom DeLuise from 1965 until his death in 2009.

Born Carol Jane Arata, she started out on the stage performing in musicals such as On The Town and High Spirits.

The star starred opposite Dick Van Dyke in The Music Man and Lauren Bacaall in Woman Of The Year, both in the 80s.

Carol worked frequently with husband Dom including in The Dom DeLuise Show in 1968, Driving Me Crazy in 1991 and Between The Sheets in 2003, which was directed by their son Michael.

Another recent credit is the 2004 TV series 7th Heaven, playing Gertrude Fleming.

She is survived by sons Michael, Peter and David, three grandchildren and her brother George.

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