Nell Carter

Actor, Singer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 09/12/1948 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Filmography

Actor (77)

Swing 2004 (Movie)

Grace (Actor)

Doctor Benny 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ally McBeal 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The President's Own 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

7 Days 1993 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Reba 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1993 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Match Game 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Stars Over Mississippi, With Prince Edward 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Bag 1995 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Broadway 98: Launching the Tony Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Mother Goose: A Rappin' and Rhymin' Special 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

The 52nd Annual Tony Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Misery Brothers 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Brotherly Love 1993 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fakin' Da Funk 1997 (Movie)

Claire (Actor)

Marvin Hamlisch & the Pittsburgh Pops 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Tony Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Can't Hurry Love 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Follow Your Heart 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sparks 1993 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Grass Harp 1996 (Movie)

Catherine Creek (Actor)

The Proprietor 1996 (Movie)

Milly (Actor)

Hangin' With Mr. Cooper 1993 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 48th Annual Tony Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Crazysitter 1994 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Santa Barbara 1983 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

49th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Bebe's Kids 1992 (Movie)

of Vivian (Voice)

In a New Light 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jaleel White Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1990 Miss America Pageant 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

You Take the Kids 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 4th Annual American Comedy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Freedom Festival '89 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Morton's By the Bay 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Ryan's Hope 1974 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 43rd Annual Tony Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Presidential Inaugural Gala 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Irving Berlin's 100th Birthday Celebration 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Las Vegas: An All Star 75th Anniversary 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Baryshnikov on Broadway 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Evening at Pops (07/11/87) 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Gimme a Break 1981 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 19th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Nell Carter -- Never Too Old to Dream 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The NBC All-Star Hour 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tenth Annual Circus of the Stars 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Washington 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Ain't Misbehavin' 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Back Roads 1981 (Movie)

Waitress (Actor)

Lobo 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Modern Problems 1981 (Movie)

Dorita (Actor)

Hair 1979 (Movie)

("Ain't Got No" "White Boys") (Actor)

20th Century Follies 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Cindy (TV Show)

Actor

Maid For Each Other (TV Show)

Actor

Sealed With a Kiss (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

Morton's By the Bay 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Morton's By the Bay 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Song

Biography

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.

Carter was a musical performer in New York on and off-Broadway throughout most of the 70s, beginning with the musical "Soon" (1970), better known for launching Richard Gere. She was in the ensemble cast of "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" in the early 70s at the Edison Theatre, and in 1977 joined the Manhattan Theatre Club presentation of "Ain't Misbehavin'", a collection of the works of Fats Waller, emerging from the show as a hot property. Although she had briefly been in the cast of the ABC daytime drama "Ryan's Hope" in 1975, Carter had not been on a primetime series until NBC slotted her into "Lobo" in 1980, as a sassy police sergeant. The low-brow series faltered and the following season Carter starred in "Gimme a Break" (1981-87), an NBC sitcom in which she was a singer who had become the housekeeper for the police chief in a small California community. Carter also sang the show's title song. By the time the series ended, her character had moved to New York City. In 1990, she was in the short-lived series "You Take the Kids" and from 1993 to 1995, she appeared in the recurring role of Mark Curry's boss in the ABC sitcom "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper". Carter also appeared in a few TV-movies, including the musical "Cindy" (ABC, 1978), in which billed as Nell-Ruth Carter she played one of the stepsisters in a send-up of the Cinderella story. She also played the mother of ill-fated athlete Hank Gathers in "Final Shot: The Hank Gathers Story" (syndicated 1992) and was a diva who hires Dinah Manoff as a servant and then gets handcuffed to her as they flee for their lives in "Maid for Each Other" (NBC, 1992). Carter's appearances in musical specials have also been numerous, among them a guest appearance on "Baryshnikov on Broadway" (ABC, 1980); recreating her stage role in "Ain't Misbehavin'" (NBC, 1981); and as one of the performers in "Evening at the Pops" (PBS, 1987).

Carter's feature film appearances have been limited. She was a singer in the "Black Boys/White Boys" number in Milos Forman's "Hair" (1979), and played small roles in "Modern Problems" and "Back Roads" (both 1981). In 1992, Carter offered one of the key voices for the animated feature "Bebe's Kids". She has also performed in Las Vegas, headlined a 1991 Los Angeles revival of "Hello, Dolly!" with an African-American cast and played the villainous Miss Hannigan in the 1996-97 revival of the stage musical "Annie".

Relationships

Edna Mae Humphrey

Mother

Daniel Carter

Son
adopted born February 1990

Joshua Carter

Son
adopted born December 1989

Horace Hardy

Father
died in front of Carter when she was two when he stepped on a live power line

Tracey Jennieve

Daughter
offspring of a rape when Carter was 16

Georg Krynicki

Husband
married 1982, separated c. 1984 reconciled Carter filed for divorce 1989 divorced 1992 Austrian

Roger Larocque

Husband
married May 1992 divorced

Milestones

2001

Performed her nightclub act at Feinstein's in NYC

1998

Became a regular panelist on the syndicated version of "The Match Game"

1996

Co-starred in "The Grass Harp"

1992

Provided voice for animated feature "Bebe's Kids"

1991

Starred in a multi-racial production of "Hello, Dolly!" at the Long Beach Civic Light Opera in California

1990

Returned to series TV with "You Take the Kids"

1981

Starred in TV version of "Ain't Misbehavin'"

1980

Co-starred in series "Lobo"

1979

Made film debut in small singing bit "Hair"

1978

Made TV-movie debut in "Cindy"

1977

Starred on Broadway in "Ain't Misbehavin'"

1975

Appeared on soap opera "Ryan's Hope"

1969

Made her stage debut in "Soon"

1964

While still in junior high school began singing with group The Renaissance Ensemble

Starred on NBC sitcom "Gimme a Break"

Toured as Miss Hannigan in revival of stage musical "Annie"

Had recurring role on "Hanging With Mr. Cooper"

Bonus Trivia

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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.

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"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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