( b. Nov 13, 1928 Glasgow, SCOTLAND - d. Mar 31, 2013 Marina del Rey, California, USA ) Female
Helena Carroll, who moved to the United States in the 1950s, appeared regularly onstage in New York, Dublin and London, often starring in work by her father, the noted playwright Paul Vincent Carroll.
On Broadway she was seen in Terence Rattigan’s Separate Tables (1956); the original production of the musical Oliver! (1963), in which she played Mrs. Sowerberry, the undertaker’s wife; Borstal Boy (1970), adapted from Brendan Behan’s autobiographical book; and the 1983 revival of Noël Coward’s Private Lives, starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, in which she played the maid.
With Dermot McNamara, Ms. Carroll founded the Irish Players, a New York repertory company dedicated to presenting the work of Irish playwrights. The company, which flourished from the mid-1950s to the mid-’60s, staged plays by writers including John Millington Synge, Donagh MacDonagh and Ms. Carroll’s father, including his best-known drama, Shadow and Substance, about the political and religious conflicts roiling 20th-century Ireland.
On film Ms. Carroll appeared in “The Friends of Eddie Coyle” (1973), starring Robert Mitchum; “The Jerk” (1979), starring Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters; “The Dead,” John Huston’s 1987 adaptation of the James Joyce short story in which she played the elderly songstress Aunt Kate; and “The Mambo Kings” (1992), starring Armand Assante and Antonio Banderas.
On television she had guest roles on a string of shows, including “Ironside,” “Kojak,” “Murder, She Wrote” and “Touched by an Angel.”
Source: The New York Times