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Nell Carter

Nellie Ruth "Nell" Harper in Gimme a Break !

Photos Nell Carter Birth name: Nell Ruth Hardy
Birth date: 1948/09/13
Date of death : 2003/01/23 (55 years old)
Birth place : Birmingham Alabama
Height: 1.50 m

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Biography for Nell Carter

Born Nell Ruth Hardy to Horace and Edna May Hardy in Birmingham, Alabama, Carter overcame adversity and hardships before finding success as an actress. She reported being raped at age sixteen and having had three miscarriages. She broke into stardom in the musical Ain't Misbehavin, for which she won a Tony Award in 1978. She also won an Emmy for the same role in a televised performance in 1982.

In the late 1970s she took acting roles in Ryan's Hope and The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo before landing a steady role as housekeeper Nell Harper on the sitcom Gimme a Break!, for which she earned Golden Globe and Emmy nominations. The popular show lasted from 1981 to 1987.

After the show ended, Carter's life took a turbulent turn. She married George Krynicki and converted to Judaism in 1982. She attempted suicide in the early 1980s, and entered a drug detoxification facility around 1985. Her brother Bernard died of AIDS in 1989. During this period Carter appeared in low-budget films, TV specials, and on game shows such as Match Game and To Tell the Truth.

In 1992, she had surgery to remove aneurysms. She had divorced Krynicki and married Roger Larocque that same year. In 1993 she divorced Larocque. She declared bankruptcy in 1995 (and again in 2002). In the mid-90's, Carter appeared on Broadway in a revival of Annie as Miss Hannigan.

Carter died from heart disease complicated by diabetes and obesity in 2003. She was the mother of two adopted sons (Joshua and Daniel) and a daughter (Tracy), conceived during her rape.

When she died, friends and family were surprised to discover barely $200 in her bank account, although Carter previously declared bankruptcy and owed $1.1 million in back taxes. At the time of her death, Carter had been rehearsing for a production of A Raisin in the Sun in Long Beach, California and filming a movie, Swing.

Carter is interred in the Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California. She is survived by her children and partner Ann Kaser.[1] Her relationship with Kaser was not public knowledge until after her death.


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Title Role
Swing (2003/I) Grace
Ally McBeal The Matchmaker
Back by Midnight (2002) Waitress
Reba Dr. Susan Peters
Seven Days Lucy
Touched by an Angel Cynthia Winslow
Sealed with a Kiss (1999) (TV) Mrs. Wheatley
Special Delivery (1999)
Perfect Fit (1999) Mrs. Gordy
We Wish You a Merry Christmas (1999) (V) (voice) Mrs. Claus
Sparks Barbara Rogers
Brotherly Love Nell Bascombe
Spider-Man Glory Grant
Fakin' Da Funk (1997)
The Blues Brothers Animated Series Betty Smythe
The Proprietor (1996) Millie Jackson
Can't Hurry Love Mrs. Bradstock
The Grass Harp (1995) Catherine Creek
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995) TV Series (voice) Mary
The Crazysitter (1995) The Warden
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (1992) TV Series P.J. Moore (1993-1995)
Bébé's Kids (1992) (voice) Vivian
Jake and the Fatman
Final Shot: The Hank Gathers Story (1992) (TV) Lucille Gathers
Maid for Each Other (1992) (TV) Jasmine Jones
You Take the Kids (1990) TV Series Nell Kirkland
227 Beverly Morris
Amen Bess Richards
Gimme a Break! Nellie Ruth Nell Harper (1981-1987)
The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour
Modern Problems (1981) Dorita
Back Roads (1981) Waitress
The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (1979) TV Series Sgt. Hildy Jones (1980-1981)
The Big Show
Hair (1979) Ain't Got No'/'White Boys
Ryan's Hope (1975) TV Series Ethel Green (1978-1979)


Won an Obie award for "Ain't Misbehavin'."

She adopted 2 sons just before her divorce from Krynicki was finalised.

Converted to Judaism prior to her marriage to George Krynicki.

Was diabetic.

She played Miss Hannigan in the 20th Anniversary revival of "Annie" from January of 1997 to January of 1998.

Collapsed in her home where she was found dead by 13-year-old son Joshua. Had undergone two brain operations in 1992 to fix aneurysms.

In addition to winning Broadway's Tony award for her role in "Ain't Misbehavin'," she also won an Emmy in 1982 for Ain't Misbehavin' (1982) (TV) (the TV broadcast of the show), and received two Emmy nominations in 1982 and 1983 for her role on the TV sitcom "Gimme a Break!" (1981).

Struggled with alcohol and drugs, eventually shaking her addictions through a 12-step program.

Was married and divorced twice. She was survived by her partner, Ann Kaser, an adult daughter, Tracy, and two (adopted) 13-year-old sons, Joshua and Daniel (as of 2003).

On the day before she died, Nell was rehearsing for a play, "Raisin", in Long Beach, California. There, she gave an impromptu interview with a Los Angeles Times staff reporter which reflected emotionally about her beginnings in Alabama. The Times also took the last photograph of Nell Carter - which was a beautiful candid shot.

Passed away 24 days before her "Gimme a Break!" (1981) co-star, Peter Schrum.

Her last work was on the feature _Swing (2004)_ , directed by Martin Guigui, in which she plays nurse Grace in a lovely scene with Jonathan Winters.

Filed for bankruptcy a few months before her death.

Won Broadway's 1978 Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Musical" for "Ain't Misbehavin'," a part she recreated in an Emmy-winning performance in the television version with the same title, Ain't Misbehavin' (1982) (TV).


Spouse : Roger Larocque (14 May 1992 - 1993) (divorced), Georg Krynicki (1982 - 1992) (divorced) 2 adopted children

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