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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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Stage Play: Dude. Musical. Book by Gerome Ragni. Lyrics by Gerome Ragni. Music by Galt MacDermot. Musical Director: Thomas Pierson. Music arranged by Horace Ott. Music orchestrated by Horace Ott. Production Design by Eugene Lee, Franne Lee and Roger Morgan. Directed by Tom O'Horgan. Broadway Theatre: 9 Oct 1972- 21 Oct 1972 (16 ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Nell Ruth Carter | Nell-Ruth Carter


4' 11" (1.5 m)

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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 »


Struggled with alcohol and drugs, eventually shaking her addictions through a 12-step program. See more »


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