Nell Carter was born Nell Hardy in Birmingham, Ala., on Sept. 13, 1948. After moving to New York at 19, she studied acting and performed in nightclubs. Her theater credits include "Soon," "Hello Dolly!," "Hair," "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope," "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Bubbling Brown Sugar." She won a Tony Award in 1978 for her performance in the Broadway musical "Ain't Misbehavin." She also won an Emmy in 1982 for the TV broadcast of the show. In 1988, Nell and the four other original cast members revived "Ain't Misbehavin" on Broadway. Her most recent work on Broadway was playing the nasty Miss Hannigan in the 20th anniversary revival of "Annie" in 1997.

Nell has appeared in such feature films as "Hair," "Back Roads," "The Grass Harp" and "Modern Problems."

Nell has guest starred in such tv shows as "227," "Amen," "Sparks," "Touched By An Angel" and "Ally McBeal." She had recurring roles in "The Misadventures Of Sherrif Lobo" and "Reba." Nell was a regular in "Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper," "You Take The Kids" and the daytime drama "Ryan’s Hope" but she was best known from the popular tv series "Gimme A Break" (for which she received 2 Emmy nominations).

Nell has been married and divorced twice: to Roger Larocque and George Krynicki. She also has 3 children, Tracey, Joshua and Daniel.

Nell passed away on January 23, 2003. At the time of her death she was rehearsing to play Mama in a Long Beach revival of "Raisin," the 1973 musical adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 drama "A Raisin in the Sun."

Nell's film credits include the following:

Check out the following sites for additional information about Nell:

Gimme A Break Online
Nell Carter@Internet Movie Database
Nell Carter@Yahoo Entertainment Full Coverage
Nell Carter@Wikipedia
Nell Carter@African American Registry

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