I was very sorry to learn this evening that actress Joan Carroll passed away last month.
Carroll died on November 16th. IMDb lists her age as 84, while the Hollywood Reporter obituary says she was 85.
Carroll played Agnes, the third Smith sister, in one of my all-time favorite movies, MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (1944). I've often felt she's the movie's secret weapon; as I wrote almost exactly half a decade ago, "She was pitch perfect but is too often overlooked amidst the large cast."
She's seen below in scans of two ST. LOUIS stills from my personal collection. She's left of Margaret O'Brien in this shot from the party sequence:
And here she's at the left talking to O'Brien while Judy Garland and Lucille Bremer watch. When the older girls are horrified to learn of the pranks the children have been up to on Halloween, Carroll's Agnes memorably replies to her oldest sister, "Oh, Rose, you're so stuck up!"
I believe O'Brien, June Lockhart, and Darryl Hickman (who is in the Halloween sequence) are now the film's surviving cast members.
Carroll's eight-year film career began in 1937, with credits including LADDIE (1940), PRIMROSE PATH (1940), and her last film, THE BELL'S OF ST. MARY'S (1945).
It sounds as though she had a happy life after her film career, with a long marriage, four children, and many grandchildren.