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Ellen Holly

Ellen Holly was a beautiful, talented expressive Black actress. She is best known for her part as Carla in "One Life to Live" which she played for over 20 years but she proved she was more then a soap opera actress. On the Broadway stage, Holly showed her versatile acting talent in the various roles she played in "A Hand Is on the Gate", "Tiger ... See full bio »
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 2002 10,000 Black Men Named George (TV Movie)
Selena Frey
 1988 School Daze
Odrie McPherson
 1986 Spenser: For Hire (TV Series)
Betty Tymes
- Brother to Dragons (1986) ... Betty Tymes
 1985 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Mrs. Robbins
- High School Narc (1985) ... Mrs. Robbins
 1984 One Life to Live (TV Series)
Carla Scott
- Episode dated 17 December 1984 (1984) ... Carla Scott
 1974 Great Performances (TV Series)
- King Lear (1974) ... Regan
 1973 Cops and Robbers
Ms. Wells
 1963-1964 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Natalia Cortez / Helena Fuentes
- The Skill in These Hands (1964) ... Natalia Cortez
- The Unwanted (1963) ... Helena Fuentes
 1964 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Lucille Mann
- The Middle of Ernie Mann (1964) ... Lucille Mann
 1963 Sam Benedict (TV Series)
Elissa Reagan
- Accomplice (1963) ... Elissa Reagan
 1963 The Defenders (TV Series)
Janet Lamb
- Man Against Himself (1963) ... Janet Lamb
 1959 Take a Giant Step
 1957 The Big Story (TV Series)
 1952 Guiding Light (TV Series)
Judge Collier (1991-1993)
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 1999 Intimate Portrait (TV Series documentary)
- Agnes Nixon (1999) ... Herself
 1979 The 2nd Annual Black Achievement Awards (TV Special)
 1978 Family Feud (TV Series)
- Valentine's Day Special (1978) ... Herself
 1973 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series)
- Episode dated 28 December 1973 (1973) ... Herself

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Stage: Appeared in a production of "Henry V" by William Shakespeare. See more »

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5' 7" (1.7 m)

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On July 25, 1968, Ellen became the first black actress to become a recurring cast member on daytime TV. On ABC's One Life to Live (1968), she was cast as Carla Benari, a black woman passing for white. Holly was on the show until 1985.

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