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Nell Carter

Nell Carter was an American singer and actress.

Born Nell Ruth Hardy in Birmingham, Alabama, Carter won a Tony Award for her work in Ain't Misbehavin and appeared in Annie on Broadway and in the television shows Gimme a Break and The Match Game.

Carter died from heart disease complicated by diabetes in 2003. She was the mother of two adopted teenagers. When she died, friends and family were surprised to discover barely $200 in her bank account. They were further shocked to discover that Carter had been living as a closeted lesbian, and that custody of her children had been left to her domestic partner.

Carter is interred in the Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Nell Carter Facts

BirthdaySeptember 13, 1948
BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, USA
Date of deathJanuary 23, 2003 (age 54)

Selected Filmography

Maid For Each Other
Bebe's Kids
Modern Problems
Gimme a Break! The Complete Series
Back Roads
Carolina Skeletons
Gimme a Break
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