Tom Cruise On 'Risky Business' Mom Passing: She Was Lovely

May 24, 2012 By:
Tom Cruise On 'Risky Business' Mom Passing: She Was Lovely

Actress Janet Carroll, best known as the mother to Tom Cruise’s character in “Risky Business,” died in New York on May 22 after battling an illness.

She was 71.

Carroll’s big break in acting came as the role of "Joel's mother" in the 1983 film which co-starred Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay

The actress played a clueless mother who had no idea that her son, "Joel Goodsen" played by Cruise, was operating a brothel when she was away. The role launched her career.

Cruise, who is currently on set in Baton Rouge, Louisiana filming the Sci-Fi action thriller "Oblivion," provided Hollyscoop with an exclusive statement: 

“I am sorry to hear of her of her passing. She was a lovely person,” says Cruise.

Janet Carroll had a long and prolific career in television, making guest starring appearances and recurring roles on “The Golden Girls,” “Married With Children,” “Melrose Place,” and “Murphy Brown,” just to name a few.

She is survived by her son George Brown and a memorial service is scheduled for this Saturday afternoon in Manhattan. Her ashes will be spread in her hometown of Chicago.