janet carroll obit getty 'Risky Business' mom Janet Carroll dies at 71Stage and screen actress Janet Carroll passed away Tuesday (May 22) in New York after a long illness, her son George Brown tells the Associated Press. She was 71.

Carroll is perhaps best known to film buffs as playing Tom Cruise‘s mom, owner of the expensive Orrefors crystal egg, in the 1983 movie “Risky Business.” She went on to star on TV shows “The Bronx Zoo,” “Married With Children,” “Melrose Place” and to play Jim Dial’s wife Doris on “Murphy Brown.”

Her stage credits include “Little Women” the musical, “Electra,” “Lady Windemere’s Fan,” “Hello Dolly,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Mame” and “South Pacific.”

For many years, Carroll was artistic director for the jazz series at the Simi Valley Cultural Center and performed on tour with the Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band. A memorial service is being held Saturday, May 26 in New York City. She is survived by son George and daughter-in-law Lauren.

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