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Carol Arthur (born August 4, 1935) is a retired American actress, mainly recognizable as playing supporting roles in films produced by Mel Brooks.

Carol Arthur
Carol Arata

(1935-08-04) August 4, 1935 (age 84)
Years active1971–2004
Dom DeLuise
(m. 1965; died 2009)
ChildrenPeter DeLuise
Michael DeLuise
David DeLuise

Early life and careerEdit

Arthur was born Carol Arata in Hackensack, New Jersey, the daughter of Mildred (née Foehl) and Peter Arata, a police officer.[1]

She is probably best remembered as the outspoken town school teacher Harriett Johnson ("You are the leading asshole in the state!") in Brooks' Blazing Saddles. She has also guest-starred in many television shows from the mid 1970s to the mid 2000s, including The Dom DeLuise Show, Emergency!, Sanford and Son, Rhoda, Alice, Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories, St. Elsewhere and 7th Heaven. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Arthur appeared as "Safety Sadie", the spokeswoman for the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in several television and radio public service announcements.

Personal lifeEdit

Arthur met her husband Dom DeLuise in 1964 while working in various stage theaters in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The couple were married from 1965[2] until DeLuise's death in 2009.[3] Together they had three sons, all of whom have become actors: Peter, Michael, and David DeLuise.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1971 Making It Mrs. Warren
1974 Blazing Saddles Harriett Johnson
1974 Our Time Gym Teacher
1975 The Sunshine Boys Doris Green
1976 Silent Movie the "incredibly pregnant" woman
1977 The World's Greatest Lover woman in record store
1979 Hot Stuff Ernie's wife
1981 The Brady Girls Get Married Mrs. Logan TV movie
1989 The Princess and the Dwarf
1993 Robin Hood: Men in Tights Complaining Villager
1995 Dracula: Dead and Loving It villager
1997 Killer per caso Liza
1998 The Godson Mama Calzone
1999 Boys Will Be Boys Blanche TV movie
2000 Intrepid Marcia Lowell
2002 It's All About You Producer
2003 Between the Sheets Gabby
2004 7th Heaven Gertrude Fleaming Episode: "Two Weddings, an Engagement and a Funeral"
(final appearance)


  1. ^ O'Donnell, M. (1984). Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television. 1. Gale. ISSN 0749-064X. Retrieved 2015-04-08.
  2. ^ Dennis McLellan (May 6, 2009). "Dom DeLuise dies at 75; actor was a 'naturally funny man'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 18, 2011.
  3. ^ a b William Grimes (May 5, 2009). "Dom DeLuise, Comic Actor, Dies at 75". The New York Times. Retrieved June 27, 2017.

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