Janet Carroll, Tom Cruise's 'Risky Business' Mom, Dies

Janet Carroll, the stage-and-screen actress who memorably played Tom Cruise's mother in his hit 1983 film Risky Business, has died at age 71.

The Chicago-born actress and jazz singer -- who had a three-decade career in films, television and Broadway -- passed away in New York on May 22 after a long illness, Variety reports.

Her breakout role as Cruise's oblivious mother in the iconic 1980s teen comedy led to more than 20 other movie projects, including Memories of Me, Family Business, Talent for the Game, Enough and Forces of Nature.

The familiar-looking character actress also had a prolific career as a supporting player in dozens of television series, including recurring spots on Murphy Brown, Married With Children and Melrose Place and guest roles on shows from Cagney and Lacey and Hill Street Blues to Scrubs, Brothers and Sisters and Law and Order: SVU.

Born and raised in the Windy City, Carroll began her career in the theater right out of high school and was able to transition from local theatrical performances to productions in Los Angeles and Broadway, where she last appeared in the 2005 musical Little Women opposite Sutton Foster and Maureen McGovern.

Carroll is survived by her son, George Brown.

 

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