23 May 2012 3:40 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Janet Carroll gambled on Risky Business and it paid off. The clasically trained actress, whose first film role was playing Tom Cruise's mother in the 1983 cult classic, died yesterday in New York City after a long illness. She was 71. And while "just use your best judgment, you know we trust you," may not have been the best advice for her "human fulfillment"-seeking son, Carroll made a lasting impression that led to more film work and dozens of appearances on TV series ranging from Knight Rider and 21 Jump Street to Law & Order: Svu and Scrubs. Born in Chicago, Carroll launched her acting career in the theater before making her small-screen debut (with Dennis Franz and Craig T. »

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