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Carol DeLuise, also credited as Carol Arthur, earned her recognition as actor, singer and dancer on stage, screen and television, as well as in philanthropy. Born in East Rutherford, New Jersey, as Carol Arata, she got her start acting on the stage. While appearing in a summer production of "Summer & Smirk" in Provincetown, Massachusetts, Carol met her husband, fellow actor, Dom DeLuise.
After graduating from the Academy of Dramatic Arts, Carol performed and directed for the Caravan Theatre in Dorset, Vermont. Her professional break came in the national tour of "Once Upon a Mattress," playing 'the Nightingale of Samarkand' alongside Buster Keaton. She understudied Dody Goodman, and then her idol, Imogene Coca. She followed the tour with yet another national tour: this time, playing the show-stopping part of 'Miss Marmelstein' in "I Can Get It For You Wholesale." Carol's phenomenal work in that role directly led to playing 'Hildy' in London's first production of "On the Town" with Elliott Gould, directed by Joe Layton.
Carol continued her performance at London's Prince of Wales Theatre, until Sir Noel Coward, upon seeing her talent, invited her to Broadway. Carol debuted on Broadway as 'Edith the Cockney Maid' in "High Sprits." A dream come true, Carol sang with Lauren Bacall at the Palace Theatre. They sang Kander & Ebbs' "The Grass is Always Greener" in the production of "Woman of the Year."
Carol went on to play five characters in John Cassavetes' "Woman of Mystery" starring Gena Rowlands and Carol Kane, which was for her, a once in a lifetime experience.
In addition to her wide-ranging theater experience, Carol graced the screen in such memorable roles George Burns' daughter in "The Sunshine Boys" and as the schoolmarm in "Blazing Saddles." Recently, Carol had the chance to work under the direction of her son, Peter, playing 'Just Plain Gabby' in Michael DeLuise's production, "Between the Sheets."
Carol's talented voice compliments her acting, and she can be heard singing "Ding-Dong the Witch is Dead" on "Over the Rainbow" (the music of Harold Arlen for S.T.A.G.E.; DRG Records), and "On the Town" recorded in London by Goddard Lieberson.
Additionally, Carol continues her long-time support of the Pearl S. Buck Foundation, which sponsors Amer-asian children, as well as several other charities around country.
Most recently, Carol can be seen on FOX's award-winning television show, "Party of Five." Carol's favorite productions to date, however, are sons Peter, Michael and David, and her two precious granddaughters and brand new grandson.
Filmography "7th Heaven" .... Gertrude Fleming (1 episode, 2004) ... aka "7th Heaven: Beginnings" (USA: rerun title) ... aka "Seventh Heaven" - Two Weddings, an Engagement and a Funeral (2004) TV episode .... Gertrude Fleming