Carol Arthur Dies: ‘Blazing Saddles,’ ‘Hot Stuff’ Actress & Wife Of Dom DeLuise Was 85

Carol Arthur, actress known for appearing in Hot Stuff, Intrepid Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles, and wife of Dom DeLuise has died. She was 85.

The actress died Sunday at the Mary Pickford House at the Motion Picture & Television Fund senior home, located in Woodland Hills, the retirement center confirmed.

Born in Hackensack, New Jersey in 1935, Arthur kicked off her acting career in 1971 as Christina in David Swift’s television series Arnie. After Making It and Emergency!, came the actress’ time as Harriett Johnson in Mel Brooks’ Oscar-nominated comedy Blazing Saddles. In the film, starring Gene Wilder and Cleavon Little, Arthur’s Harriett expresses “extreme displeasure” towards Little’s Sheriff Bart and a strongly worded letter.

“The fact that you have sent him here just goes to prove that you are the leading asshole in the state,” Harriett reads to an approving crowd.

Though Blazing Saddles may have been her first time acting for Brooks, it wasn’t the last.

After two year’s worth of acting in various TV series including Karen and Sanford and Son, Arthur appeared once again in the comedy legend’s Silent Movie as “Pregnant Lady.” The film, which sees Brooks try to produce the first major silent feature in decades, features Arthur acting alongside husband Dom DeLuise, whom she married in 1965.

Acting continued to become a family affair as Arthur starred in her husband’s action comedy Hot Stuff (1979). However, instead of just the husband and wife, the couple’s children David DeLuise, Michael DeLuise and Peter DeLuise rounded out the cast.

In 1993, the couple also reunited for Brook’s Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Dom starred as Don Giovanni, Arthur as “complaining villager” and David DeLuise as a villager.

Arthur’s later film works include Brooks’ Dracula: Dead and Loving It, The Good Bad Guy, The Godson, Intrepid and Between the Sheets. Her final television credits include True Colors, Lifestories and 7th Heaven. Throughout her career, the actress appeared in a number of talk shows including The Dom DeLuise show, The Merv Griffin Show and The Mike Douglas Show.

Arthur survived Dom DeLuise, who died died of kidney failure at 75 years old in 2009. The actress is survived by her sons and grandchildren.

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