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Janet Carroll, 71, played mother of Tom Cruise’s character in ‘Risky Business’

Updated: July 3, 2012 9:24AM

Actress Janet Carroll played the mother of Tom Cruise’s character in the movie “Risky Business,” a breakthrough role in 1983.

Ms. Carroll’s son, George Brown, said she died Tuesday in New York after a long illness. She was 71.

Her film credits also include “Family Business” and “Memories of Me.” On television, she appeared in shows including “Murphy Brown,” “Melrose Place” and “Married With Children.” She also served as artistic director of the jazz series at the Simi Valley Cultural Center in Southern California. AP

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