FOF #1219 – I Love Carole Cook

Jul 16, 2010 · 60860 views

Carole Cook with Carol Channing, her husband Tom Troupe and Lucille Ball

Actress Carole Cook was bound for Broadway when she got a call from Lucille Ball to audition for a part in her stage revue.

Carole was so impressive that Lucille took her under her wing, and gave Carole her stage name in honor of her dearly departed friend, actress Carol Lombard because she felt they both shared “the same healthy disrespect for everything in general.”

It was the start of a lifelong friendship and working relationship between the two with Carole appearing in many of Lucy’s television shows.

She would also appear in several cult movies, like Sixteen Candles and The Incredible Mister Limpet, and such popular TV dramas like Greys Anatomy and Dynasty.

Today we talk to the legendary Carole Cook about her work and friendships with many of comedy’s leading ladies, including Carol Channing, Ethel Merman, JoAnne Worley and of course Lucille Ball.

What was it like living and working with Lucy? What happened between Carole and Molly Ringwald in the film Sixteen Candles? And did Lucille Ball ever get over her divorce from Desi Arnaz?

Plus questions from you, the listeners–

You can see Carol on Sunday, August 15 at the Herbst Theater in San Francsico at Northern California’s largest annual AIDS benefit, “Help is on the Way.”

Featured Music:
Carole Cook- Before the Parade Passes By:

Featured Movie:
The Incredible Mr. Limpet: iTunes | Amazon

Sixteen Candles: Amazon

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  1. Michael says:

    What a great interview, she is HILARIOUS. I hope you guys get to meet her, I have a feeling she’d squeeze you to death with a big bear hug!

  2. Brian B says:

    Diva, diva, diva! Simply loved every single morsel of energy that came out of this woman. Thank you guys for a thrilling interview with one of comedy’s great ladies. Driving up to SF for the show, hope to get to meet her!

  3. Charles says:

    How can anyone forget Grandma Hellen!!! Breakfast is ready! And they are so PERKY. Great interview!~

  4. Melissa Young says:

    LOVE THIS!!!!! What a great interview and a wonderful show kittens! Meow meow meow! MEEEOOOOWW! I loved it. It’s totally made my day!

  5. Marc Felion says:

    Here’s Lucille Ball with Carole Cook.

    • Charles says:

      Thanks for posting this, they both look so happy in the photo.

    • Daniel says:

      I like photos like this because it makes these grand icons into human beings, into people. That’s why I listen to your show, for the same reason, because we get to see the beautiful person inside the celebrity.

  6. Rick Aiello says:

    OMG! She is a WHIP!!! What a delightful interview this is. She is so full of life and love. I absolutely LOVED this. Carole, if you are reading this, I hope you know that you just made a new fan– and I’m quite sure that everyone who downloaded this show can say the same. Think of this comment as a big hug!!!

    Thank you for your love and support. We love you!!

    Congrats on another wonderful interview, Fausto and Marc!

  7. Patricia Fernos says:

    FINALLY I get to listen to this wonderful interview! Thanks, Fausto & Marc!

  8. Patricia Fernos says:

    I love that Carole is from Abilene, TX! She’s got that good ole Texas wit. That’s really part of old Texas, which is lost today.

  9. Williamchff1 says:

    Fantastic Interview! She is amazing!
    Thank you, Fausto & Marc!!
    Loved it!
    :-D

  10. Lvlee says:

    Another amazin Show!
    I just love it when the old stars of yesteryear make it onto podcasts
    I’m sure that Carole is sassy enough to know about the Internet, but she has just introduced me to a whole library of fabulous historical moments and I’ll be forever taking a look at Caroles work on YouTube from now on. So if you’re Reading this Carole, I think you should get a plane over to the UK and put on a show for all the new queens who have yet to discover your great wit and personality. X

  11. peter snead says:

    I loved this interview…what a gem she is. I shed a tear when she talked about her working with AIDS that early in the fight. I also agree with you guys about the “cocktail”. There ain’t nothing jovial about it!

  12. Andy says:

    I have never heard from Carole Cook before but she is a lovely lady. Really enjoyed the interview. :)

  13. Mark says:

    The first play I ever saw and my first theatrical experience was seeing Carole Cook in “Auntie Mame” in 1964. I was four. As I am her nephew, this was a seminal event for me. We visit and speak on the phone often and she is very important to me. I know that her work on behalf of AIDS is her proudest achievement of her long career. As a gay man, this is particularly significant to me. Thank you for this gracious interview with my beloved Auntie Carole. Best wishes to you both.

  14. John says:

    Such a delightful woman…a treasure! I’m proud to be a “friend of the family!”

  15. Andy says:

    Carole and Tom are both wonderful, genuine, caring people. Thank you for the great interview with her. She is a great actress, but also a wonderful humanitarian who has done so much for the fight against HIV/AIDS. I’m proud to call them both my friends.

    There is also a Carole Cook Fan Club Facebook page that your listeners might be interested in joining.

  16. Floyd says:

    I would like to send a fan letter to Ms. Cook, but I cannot find an address to use. Can someone help me out?

  17. Mark says:

    Go here:
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=37745277713
    I’ll give Carole and Tom a link.

  18. Floyd says:

    Thanks, Mark. :)

  19. Richard Skipper says:

    I love Carole! Check out my chapter on her from my upcoming book on Hello, Dolly!
    http://www.callondolly.com/carole-cook/
    Feedback welcomed

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