Carole Cook is an American actress of musical theatre, film and television.
She was born Mildred Frances Cook in Abilene, Texas, to Leland Preston Cook, Sr., and Maudine Cook, and had three siblings. She later became a protégé of actress and comedian Lucille Ball, who gave the ingenue her stage name of "Carole", for Ball's friend Carole Lombard. Ball reportedly told Cook that "you have the same healthy disrespect for everything in general". Cook appeared regularly on The Lucy Show and Here's Lucy. Ball was matron of honor at Cook's wedding in 1964 to actor Tom Troupe, to whom she remains married; the couple has no children.
Cook starred in the animated Disney film Home on the Range, voicing "Pearl Gesner". She appeared in such feature films as The Incredible Mr. Limpet, Sixteen Candles, Grandview, U.S.A., American Gigolo, Summer Lovers, and Palm Springs Weekend. She made guest appearances on such television shows as The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy, Knight Rider, Emergency!, Magnum, P.I., Murder, She Wrote, Dynasty, Charlie's Angels, and Grey's Anatomy.
In addition to her film and television work, Cook appeared in the original Broadway productions of 42nd Street and Romantic Comedy and was the second actress to star as Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! Cook appeared as Mrs. Peacham in the 1956 off-Broadway production of The Three Penny Opera, starring Lotte Lenya, and is the only actress to star in major productions of both Mame and Auntie Mame.