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Nell Carter (I) (1948–2003)


Her trademark sass complimented by a distinctively adenoidal voice that could out-snarl Eartha Kitt and Fran Drescher put together, short (4'11"), round, and robust Nell Carter was one indomitable, in-your-face firecracker...and it made her a star. She was born Nell Ruth Hardy in 1948 in Birmingham, Alabama and raised there, one of nine children ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Gimme a Break!
Gimme a Break! Nell Harper
(1981-1987)
Hair
Hair Ain't Got No / White Boys
(1979)
Modern Problems
(1981)
The Grass Harp
The Grass Harp Catherine Creek
(1995)

Filmography

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 2004 Back by Midnight
Waitress
 2003/I Swing
Grace
 2002 Ally McBeal (TV Series)
Harriet Pumple
- One Hundred Tears (2002) ... Harriet Pumple
- Playing with Matches (2002) ... Harriet Pumple
 2001 Reba (TV Series)
Dr. Susan Peters
- Someone's at the Gyno with Reba (2001) ... Dr. Susan Peters
- The Honeymoon's Over or Now What? (2001) ... Dr. Susan Peters
- Pilot (2001) ... Dr. Susan Peters
 2001 Perfect Fit
Mrs. Gordy
 2001 Seven Days (TV Series)
Lucy
- Live: From Death Row (2001) ... Lucy
 2001 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Cynthia Winslow
- Shallow Water: Part 2 (2001) ... Cynthia Winslow
- Shallow Water: Part 1 (2001) ... Cynthia Winslow
 2001 Blue's Clues (TV Series)
Mother Nature
- Environments (2001) ... Mother Nature
 1999/I Special Delivery
 1999 We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Video)
Mrs. Claus (voice)
 1999 Sealed with a Kiss (TV Movie)
Mrs. Wheatley
 1999 Follow Your Heart
Bus Driver
 1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV Series)
Mary
- Mother Goose (1997) ... Mary (voice)
 1997 Fakin' Da Funk
Claire
 1997 Sparks (TV Series)
Barbara Rogers
- Hoop Schemes (1997) ... Barbara Rogers
 1997 Brotherly Love (TV Series)
Nell Bascombe
- Paging Nell (1997) ... Nell Bascombe
 1995-1997 Spider-Man (TV Series)
Glory Grant
- Partners in Danger Chapter 1: Guilty (1997) ... Glory Grant (voice)
- Day of the Chameleon (1995) ... Glory Grant (voice)
 1997 The Blues Brothers Animated Series (TV Series)
Betty Smythe
- Strange Death of Betty Smythe ... Betty Smythe (voice)
 1996 The Proprietor
Millie Jackson
 1996 Can't Hurry Love (TV Series)
Mrs. Bradstock
- The Rent Strike (1996) ... Mrs. Bradstock
 1995 The Misery Brothers
Courtroom Singer
 1995 The Grass Harp
Catherine Creek
 1993-1995 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (TV Series)
P.J. Moore
- High Hopes (1995) ... P.J. Moore
- Guys' Night Out (1995) ... P.J. Moore
- The Matchmaker (1995) ... P.J. Moore
- Here Comes the Groom (1995) ... P.J. Moore
- Hero (1995) ... P.J. Moore
 1994 The Crazysitter
The Warden
 1992 Bébé's Kids
Vivian (voice)
 1992 Jake and the Fatman (TV Series)
Ethel Mae Haven
- Ain't Misbehavin' (1992) ... Ethel Mae Haven
 1992 Final Shot: The Hank Gathers Story (TV Movie)
Lucille Gathers
 1992 Maid for Each Other (TV Movie)
Jasmine Jones
 1990-1991 You Take the Kids (TV Series)
Nell Kirkland
- Bad Boy (1991) ... Nell Kirkland
- What I Did for Love (1991) ... Nell Kirkland
- The Eggs & I (1990) ... Nell Kirkland
 1990 Shalom Sesame (TV Series)
Olive Tree
- Chanukah (1990) ... Olive Tree (voice)
 1989 227 (TV Series)
Beverly Morris
- Take My Diva... Please (1989) ... Beverly Morris
 1981-1987 Gimme a Break! (TV Series)
Nell Harper
- Mama's Date (1987) ... Nell Harper
- Someday My Prince... (1987) ... Nell Harper
- Save the Church (1987) ... Nell Harper
- Parents' Week: Part 2 (1987) ... Nell Harper
- Parents' Week: Part 1 (1987) ... Nell Harper
 1986 Amen (TV Series)
Bess Richards
- The Courtship of Bess Richards (1986) ... Bess Richards
 1982 The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour (TV Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1982)
 1981 Modern Problems
Dorita
 1980-1981 The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (TV Series)
Sgt. Hildy Jones
- Keep on Buckin' (1981) ... Sgt. Hildy Jones (as Nell Ruth Carter)
- The Roller Disco Karate Kaper (1981) ... Sgt. Hildy Jones
- Lobo and the Pirates (1981) ... Sgt. Hildy Jones (as Nell Ruth Carter)
- What're Girls Like You Doing in a Bank Like This? (1981) ... Sgt. Hildy Jones (as Nell Ruth Carter)
- The Cowboy Connection (1981) ... Sgt. Hildy Jones (as Nell Ruth Carter)
 1981 Back Roads
Waitress
 1979 Hair
Ain't Got No / White Boys
 1978-1979 Ryan's Hope (TV Series)
Ethel Green
- Episode #1.947 (1979) ... Ethel Green
- Episode #1.945 (1979) ... Ethel Green
- Episode #1.937 (1979) ... Ethel Green
- Episode #1.933 (1979) ... Ethel Green
- Episode #1.932 (1979) ... Ethel Green
 1978 Cindy (TV Movie)
Olive (as Nell-Ruth Carter)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Performed on Broadway in New York as Miss Hannigan in the 1997 revival of "Annie." See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Nell Ruth Carter | Nell-Ruth Carter

Height:

4' 11" (1.5 m)
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Personal Quote:

When I was growing up, it was not something you aspired to. I was a weirdo to want to be in show business. Most kids wanted to be teachers or nurses. See more »

Trivia:

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). See more »

Trademark:

Her husky voice. See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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