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Also Known As: Nell Hardy, Nell-Ruth Carter Died: January 23, 2003
Born: September 13, 1948 Cause of Death: natural causes
Birth Place: Birmingham, Alabama, USA Profession: singer, actor

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Energetic, roly-poly singing actress best known as the housekeeper/star of the 1980s NBC sitcom "Gimme a Break", Nell Carter had made her mark on stage earning both an Obie and a Tony for her work in the 1977-78 Fats Waller musical "Ain't Misbehavin'". She became a beloved TV performer, but a near-deadly bout with an aneurysm and other woes put her out of commission for much of the early 90s.

Energetic, roly-poly singing actress best known as the housekeeper/star of the 1980s NBC sitcom "Gimme a Break", Nell Carter had made her mark on stage earning both an Obie and a Tony for her work in the 1977-78 Fats Waller musical "Ain't Misbehavin'". She became a beloved TV performer, but a near-deadly bout with an aneurysm and other woes put her out of commission for much of the early 90s.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Swing (2004) Grace
2.
 Doctor Benny (2003)
3.
 Sealed With a Kiss (1999) Mrs Wheatley
4.
5.
 Fakin' Da Funk (1997) Claire
6.
7.
 Proprietor, The (1996) Milly
8.
 Crazysitter, The (1995) (Cameo Appearance)
9.
 Grass Harp, The (1995) Catherine Creek
10.
 Bebe's Kids (1992) Voice Of Vivian
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1964:
While still in junior high school began singing with group The Renaissance Ensemble
1970:
Made her stage debut in "Soon"
1975:
Appeared on soap opera "Ryan's Hope"
1977:
Starred on Broadway in "Ain't Misbehavin'"
1978:
Made TV-movie debut in "Cindy"
1979:
Made film debut in small singing bit "Hair"
1980:
Co-starred in series "Lobo"
1981:
Starred in TV version of "Ain't Misbehavin'"
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Starred on NBC sitcom "Gimme a Break"
1990:
Returned to series TV with "You Take the Kids"
1991:
Starred in a multi-racial production of "Hello, Dolly!" at the Long Beach Civic Light Opera in California
1992:
Provided voice for animated feature "Bebe's Kids"
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Had recurring role on "Hanging With Mr. Cooper"
1996:
Co-starred in "The Grass Harp"
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Toured as Miss Hannigan in revival of stage musical "Annie"
1998:
Became a regular panelist on the syndicated version of "The Match Game"
2001:
Performed her nightclub act at Feinstein's in NYC
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Notes

Carter has discussed her weight problems on the 1987 "News News Report on America: Life in the Fast Lane". She has also openly discussed her substance abuse problems on talk shows.

"Let me tell you, rich is not better. Rich means you have to stay there to maintain it. You have to put on more faces to pretend who you are and you have more people in your face. And when the money is not there anymore, they're not either." --Nell Carter in the New York Post, July 28, 1995.

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husband:
Georg Krynicki. Businessman. Married 1982, separated c. 1984; reconciled; Carter filed for divorce 1989; divorced 1992; Austrian.
husband:
Roger Larocque. Canadian record producer. Married May 1992; divorced.

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father:
Horace Hardy. Died in front of Carter when she was two when he stepped on a live power line.
mother:
Edna Mae Humphrey.
daughter:
Tracey Jennieve. Counselor at Center for Disease Control, Miami. Offspring of a rape when Carter was 16.
son:
Joshua Carter. Adopted; born December 1989.
son:
Daniel Carter. Adopted; born February 1990.
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