Carol Locatell, ‘Friday the 13th Part V,’ ‘Sharky’s Machine’ actress, dead at 82

Actress Carol Locatell, who played a fiery, short-tempered mother in “Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning,” died on April 11. She was 82.

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Locatell died at her home in Sherman Oaks, California, after a long battle with cancer, her husband, songwriter and record producer Gregory Prestopino, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Ron Sloan, who played Locatell’s son in the horror movie, also confirmed the actress’ death in a Facebook post on Monday.

“Dearest friends, fans, and Horror family, with great sadness, it breaks my heart to announce that my ‘Friday the 13th Part 5′ Mom, (Ethel Hubbard) Carol Locatell has passed away,” Sloan wrote. “She had battled cancer for many years. For the longest time, I thought she (was going to) kick cancer’s ass, ‘cause she really was a tough lady.”

As Ethel Hubbard, Locatell played a foul-mouthed, shotgun-wielding, stew-making mother who resides near Pinehurst Halfway House in the 1985 film, Entertainment Weekly reported.

Locatell also worked with Burt Reynolds in three films, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

She worked with Reynolds in “Paternity” (1981), where she played a hooker; “Sharky’s Machine” (1981), which he directed; and “Best Friends” (1982), according to

Locatell was born in Atlanta on Dec. 13, 1940, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was raised in San Mateo, California, and attended San Francisco State University. She left school when she was hired to play one of the Pigeon sisters in the first road company of “The Odd Couple,” the entertainment news website reported.

She made her television acting debut in a 1967 episode of “The Flying Nun” and played Priscilla in the 1973 film “Coffy,” Entertainment Weekly reported.

Locatell continued acting after surviving tongue cancer eight years ago, Prestopino told The Hollywood Reporter, adding that she preferred working in theater.

“She would project her voice, and you could hear every word, but she was not stentorious,” he said. “She had a wonderful instrument that could fill the room.”





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