Carol Sutton, ‘Steel Magnolias’ Actress, Dead at 76

by Madison Miller

Carol Sutton, famous for her role in “Steel Magnolias,” has died at 76. The famous actress reportedly passed away from the COVID-19 virus.

According to Entertainment Tonight, the New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell confirmed the news in a statement.

“Carol Sutton was practically the Queen of New Orleans theater, having graced the stages across the city for decades … The world may recognize her from her performances in movies and on TV — whether it’s Treme or Claws, or Runaway Jury or Queen Sugar — but we will always remember her commanding stage presence, her richly portrayed characters, and the warm heart she shared with her fellow cast and crew in productions such as 4000 Miles and A Raisin in the Sun. May she rest in God’s perfect peace.”

Carol Sutton Career in TV & Film

In addition to her role in “Steel Magnolias,” Sutton was known for her roles in a number of huge TV projects. Shows including “Going To California,” “Treme,” “American Horror Story,” “True Detective,” “Lovecraft Country,” “Queen Sugar,” and also many more.

She is also well-known for her role in the award-winning film “The Help.”

The actress debuted in the late 1960s in the Dashiki Project Theatre productions. She has been in production like “The Last Madam,” “Native Tongues,” and “A Raisin in the Sun.”

Since the news of her death, former friends and colleagues have been mourning the legendary work and impact of the actress.

Ava DuVernay, the actress behind the OWN series “Queen Sugar” celebrated the actress on Twitter. Other tributes include Wendell Pierce, Matthew A. Cherry, Mark Duplass, and more to come in the next few hours.

Additionally, the actress was able to live out her last days back in the city she loved the most, New Orleans.

The entertainment industry will continue to mourn the loss of Carol Sutton, an impactful member of the theater, TV, and movie community.