After “Westside Medical” failed to resonate with audiences, Carlson proceeded to land multiple guest roles in shows like “Kaz” and even on “Newhart,” where she appeared for three seasons as the manager of a Vermont radio station alongside Bob Newhart’s character of Dick Loudon. In the early ’90s, Carlson guest starred in a few movies as well, including “Honey, I Blew Up the Kid,” the second film in the Rick Moranis-starring “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” series. She also played Aunt Pearl in 1993’s “The Beverly Hillbillies.”
In the death announcement, Carlson’s family also noted that she helped fund scholarships for the Village for Children & Families in Connecticut and at the Virginia Avenue Project in Los Angeles, where she was also a board member and president. Carlson is survived by her husband James, sister Janet, brother James Hale, and four nieces and nephews.