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Nell Carter

Born : 13 September 1948
City : Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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Nell Carter Biography
There have been many actors and actresses who have touched our lives in different ways with their work. Every actor in our industry is very talented and extremely hard working, none of them has ever failed to entertain us with their very best. There have been unfortunate events that they are no more with us now but their contribution in our industry is like indispensable. There are so many aspiring actors who have been idealizing them and getting motivated every day with their work. They inspire us to work hard and achieve the goals and dreams we have for our life. We knew one such amazing American actress named Nell Carter. Unfortunately, she is no more with us, but she had been an amazing actress who has won numerous awards for her appearances in different roles on television and on the big screen as well. 

Nell Carter Early Life | Gospel Radio Show | 1st Broadway


Nell Carter was born on 13th September 1948 in Birmingham, Alabama in the United States. She was one of the nine children of her parents named Horace and Edna Mae Hardy who had named her as Nell Ruth Carter. She was just too young when her dad died. She was 2 at the time when her father stepped on to a power line and got electrocuted. When she was young, in her childhood she commenced her career and she began singing on a gospel radio show and she also used to sing in a church choir. When she was 15, she joined a band and started performing along with them and they called themselves as Renaissance Ensemble. They used to perform at the coffee houses in that area as well as at the gay bars. It was on June 5, in 1965 when an unfortunate event took place in her life, Nell Carter was raped by a man on a gunpoint. It was the same man who gave her a ride back to home after returning back from the performance for Renaissance Ensemble. At that time she became pregnant and she gave birth to a little daughter, the following year and named her as Tracey. She had decided to raise her daughter of her own but then it was very difficult for her to be a single mother. After a while, she sent her daughter Tracey to her elder sister named Willie. When she was 19 years old she left Birmingham along with her Renaissance Ensemble group members and moved to New York. This was the same time when she changed her last name to ‘Carter’. When she came to New York, she began to sing at some coffee houses and bar before she landed up for her 1st Broadway debut in 1971. 

Nell Carter Career | Golden Globe and Emmy Award | Highest Ratings Amongst Show 


In the year 1971, Nell Carter made her 1 debut Broadway appearance in rock opera named Soon, which was shut down after three episodes. She had also been a music director for 1974 Westbeth Playwrights Feminist Collective's production of What Time of Night It Is. Nell Carter had also appeared along with Bette Davis in the year 1974 in the stage musical named Miss Moffat. It was based on the concept of Davis’ previous film named The Corn is Green. Unfortunately, the show was called off, before making it to Broadway. Nell Carter got her stardom and fame with her musical Ain’t Misbehavin. In the year 1978, she won the Tony Award for that musical. She had also won the Emmy award for the same role which she performed on television in 1982. Some of her other Broadway works included her amazing performances in Dude and Annie. In the year of 1979, she also had a part to play in Miloš Forman-directed musical film adaptation of Hair. She was extremely talented and everybody knew about her extraordinary vocal skills. Therefore the directors and producers decided to showcase her vocal talents throughout the motion picture soundtrack. 

In the year 1978, Nell Carter was cast in a musical Broadway name Dreamgirls in the role of Effie White. Then she decided to depart from the production of that Broadway at the developmental stage because she had picked up a role on the ABC soap Opera named Ryan’s Hope in New York. The Broadway she had departed from Dreamgirls was premiered in 1981 which cast Jennifer Holiday as the lead actress in it. In 1981, she was also cast to play a role on television's The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo, it was before she was cast for the role of Nell Harper on sitcom Gimme a Break! It was a series which had highest ratings amongst then fledgling NBC shows. The show aired from 1981-1987, and she had also won Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations for her performance in that show. It was in the month of August in the year 1987, when the next season for Gimme a Break! Was canceled, it was then when she returned to the nightclub circuit performing along with John Rivers. It was in the year 1989 when she had been chosen and cast for the NBC show Morton’s by the Bay, she had appeared in its pilot. It had appeared as one time special in the month of May that year. In this series, Nell Carter played the role of an assistant to the owner of a banquet hall and the focus of the show was on her and her mad cap staff. In that show, she co starred along with Alan Ruck and Jann Karam. In October of that same year, she performed The Star-Spangled Banner prior to Game 4 of the 1989 World Series, played at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. 

In 1990, Nell Carter was cast in a comedy show of CBS named You Take the Kids. The series, which was perceived as being the black answer to Roseanne due to its portrayal of a working-class African-American family, featured Carter as a crass, no-nonsense mother and wife. The show did not get very good ratings and reviews, thus the show ran only for a month from December 1990 to January 1991. In early 1990 Nell Carter had made several appearances on some low budgeted films like Match Game ’90 and To Tell the Truth. We also saw her acting in hanging co starring Mr. Cooper from 1993-1995.

It was in the mid-90s when she appeared in on a Broadway which was a revival of Annie Bas Mrs. Hannigan. She was furious at the authorities as the promotions of the Broadway featured some other actress in the role of Mrs. Hannigan. The producers said that the commercials were made before the production of the Broadway and they were too costly to reshoot. According to Carter, she believed that racism had played a part in the decision. Carter also said that "Maybe they don't want audiences to know Nell Carter is black", she told this to New York Post. She also added the fact that "It hurts a lot", she told the Post, "I've asked them nicely to stop it—it's insulting to me as a black woman." She was then replaced by Sally Struthers. In the year of 2001, she had made a special guest appearance on the pilot episode of WB’s new show Reba. She then continued to appear on the shows making three more appearances in the season one. In 2002, which was the following year she had made a guest appearance on the show Ally McBeal. In the year 2003, she had her rehearsals for Raisin which was a stage musical of A Raisin in the Sun in Long Beach, California, and filming a movie, Swing. Her final on screen performance and the last performance of her career was in a comedy film Black Midnight. The film was released in 2005, which was two years after her death. 

Nell Carter Personal Life and Relationship


After she shot for the film Gimme a Break! Her life had taken a 360-degree rotation. Nell Carter had attempted a suicide I the year 1980s. Finally, after a while, she entered a drug detoxification facility in the year 1985. She had lost her brother in 1989 as he was suffering from AIDS. In the year 1982, Nell Carter had married a mathematician and a lumber executive named George Krynicki and then after her marriage, she got herself converted to Judaism. She had three children: eldest was her daughter Tracey and then she had two sons namely; Joshua and Daniel. Both of her sons were her adopted children, she adopted them as newborns only after a 4 month period. Nell Carter wanted to adopt two more children after her sons, but the adoption couldn’t get through. She made a last attempt when she had brought a pregnant woman into her home, but then that lady changed her mind to keep the baby. In 1992, she went through a surgery to get herself cured of aneurysms. She divorced Krynicki and married Roger Larocque the same year, divorcing Larocque the next year. In the year 1995, she declared herself as bankrupt and then again did that in 2002. On January 23, in 2003 she collapsed suddenly in her home at Beverly Hills. Her body was discovered by her sons. The doctors said that the cause of her death was probably arteriosclerotic heart disease, with diabetes a contributing condition. 
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