Born Mary Carol Lee Ford on January 21, 1941 in Los Angeles, California, the third child of Oscar Ford, a vaudeville actor turned publicity agent and Lillian Ford, an actress. During the late 1940s, the whole family (along with her two older brothers) performed together on stage with their daughter as "The World's Youngest Mind Reader".
Shortly after finishing high school, she began supporting herself as a painter with an art scholarship but also took several dance classes. This led to an audition for Don Arden, who hired her to dance in his play. Mary Carol Lee started working professionally as a dancer in Broadway shows.
By 1964, her dancing career had plunged into films. George Cukor had been so impressed by her that, apart from her dancing part in My Fair Lady, he gave her a minor role as a Magpie in the race scene with Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn. She acquired an agent and also changed her name to Victoria Carroll because there already were actresses named Mary Ford and Carol Lee Ford registered in the SAG.
Despite her part in a highly praised and successful film, Carroll had small roles in films throughout the 1960s: a part in the chorus in Robin and the 7 Hoods, the dance girl playing Lady Godiva in The Art of Love, the shoeshine girl in How to Stuff a Wild Bikini, the woman presenting Elvis Presley's character with his trophy in Spinout, the girl who is mistaken for a spy by Marty Allen's character in The Last of the Secret Agents?, dance hall girl in The Fastest Guitar Alive, and crime boss Earl Veasey's girlfriend in The Road Hustlers. In 1969, she played the go-go dancer Carissa in the horror film Nightmare in Wax.
Her film work briefly continued in the mid-1970s with roles in Gemini Affair, Hustle, The Kentucky Fried Movie, The Billion Dollar Hobo, The Lucifer Complex, and Pandemonium.
Carroll has made appearances on TV shows from 1960s-present. In 1964, she played a nurse on McHale's Navy. In 1965 she appeared on The Jack Benny Program as Miss Collins. In 1967, she had a small role on The Beverly Hillbillies. In 1968–1970, she appeared as six different characters on six episodes of Hogan's Heroes. Carroll played Nina Sue on an episode of The Waltons in 1981. In 1982, she played Dottie in an episode of Dynasty, and in 1982–83, she made several appearances on Gimme a Break and more. She was Mel's girlfriend, Marie Massey on Alice (1978–1984).
In 1974, Victoria Carroll became one of the first actors to join The Groundlings (formerly known as "The Gary Austin Workshop"), a newly formed acting/comedy troupe
Up until that point of her career she hadn't really showed her comedic skills. Very soon that changed as she played a variety of characters in her seven years with the improv team, such as blond bimbo author Lureen Sue Franchot. She recalls "I just really concentrated on doing comedy. [...] For me, my career began with The Groundlings. When I am asked about all this early stuff, my memory is sort of hazy."
Carroll is also a famous voice actress. Among her voice over roles in cartoons are:The Incredible Hulk as the She-Hulk
Darkwing Duck as Doctor Beatrice Brute
Batman: The Animated Series as Matron
Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers as Sadie-Mae Scroggins
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo as Kangaroo Waitress
Pound Puppies as Doc West
Wildfire as Mrs. Ashworth
The Mask: The Animated Series as Doctor Amelia Chronos
The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy as Dog Show Judge
Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers as Bossy, Alice and Pomona
DuckTales as The Three Witches
Timeless Tales from Hallmark
TaleSpin as Princess Grace
The Story of Santa Claus
Izzy's Quest for Olympic Gold
In recent years, Carroll has successfully returned to painting, specializing in paintings covering the "Nostalgic Era". She is an accomplished artist under the pen name Victoria K. Bell.
In 2010, her work was featured as part of the Diverse Expression at The Universal Art Gallery. It was met with an overwhelmingly positive response.
Carroll married fellow voice actor Michael Bell in 1984. They have a daughter, Ashley Bell, who is also an actress.