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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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 2003/I Swing
 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 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)
- 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
 1999/I Special Delivery
 1999 We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Video)
Mrs. Claus (voice)
 1999 Sealed with a Kiss (TV Movie)
Mrs. Wheatley
 1995-1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV Series)
- Mother Goose (1997) ... Mary (voice)
- Little Red Riding Hood (1995) ... Mary (voice)
 1997 Fakin' Da Funk
 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
- Day of the Chameleon (1995) ... Glory Grant (voice)
 1996 The Proprietor
Millie Jackson
 1996 Can't Hurry Love (TV Series)
Mrs. Bradstock
- The Rent Strike (1996) ... Mrs. Bradstock
 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
 1989 227 (TV Series)
Beverly Morris
- Take My Diva... Please (1989) ... Beverly Morris
 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)
 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
 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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Performed on Broadway in New York as Miss Hannigan in the 1997 revival of "Annie." See more »

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Alternate Names:

Nell Ruth Carter | Nell-Ruth Carter


4' 11" (1.5 m)

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(About the 20th Anniversary revival of "Annie") "I want this show to run for at least three years with me in it, then I want to take a week off". See more »


Was originally inspired to be an opera singer, but cited such popular singers as Doris Day, The Andrews Sisters, Johnny Mathis, Cleo Laine and Barbra Streisand as her profound influences to switch vocal gears. See more »


Short stature. See more »

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