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Carol Arthur

Carol Arthur (1935–2020), ‘Blazing Saddles’ actor

by Kirk Fox

Carol Arthur starred in “Blazing Saddles” and was the widow of Dom DeLuise (1933–2009).

  • Died: Sunday, November 1, 2020 (Who else died on November 1?)
  • Details of death: Died in California from Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 85.
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Mel Brooks Favorite

Carol Arthur was married to comic actor DeLuise and was a favorite of Mel Brooks. She starred as the uptight schoolmarm Harriett Van Johnson in the Brooks’ classic “Blazing Saddles.” She had roles in three of Brooks’ other films, including “Silent Movie” alongside DeLuise was also a Mel Brooks regular. Arthur was also known for playing “Safety Sadie” in public service spots for the Consumer Product Safety Commission. She met DeLuise in 1963 at the Provincetown Playhouse, and they were married from 1965 until his death in 2009.

On first meeting Dom DeLuise

“This is who I want to spend my life with! He was funny. Bigger than life. He was so honest and so real. So passionate … and intense.” —Arthur, according to the Hollywood Reporter


Tributes to Carol Arthur

Full Obituary: The Hollywood Reporter

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