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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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In the Heat of the Night Ruth Peterson
(1989-1990)
Take a Giant Step The Girl in the Bar
(1959)
Spenser: For Hire Betty Tymes
(1986)
School Daze Odrie McPherson
(1988)

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 2002 10, 000 Black Men Named George (TV Movie)
Selena Frey
 1988-1993 Guiding Light (TV Series)
Judge Frances Collier / Judge Collier
- Episode #1.11812 (1993) ... Judge Frances Collier
- Episode #1.11737 (1993) ... Judge Frances Collier
- Episode dated 22 September 1993 (1993) ... Judge Frances Collier
- Episode #1.11747 (1993) ... Judge Frances Collier
- Episode dated 26 August 1993 (1993) ... Judge Frances Collier
 1989-1990 In the Heat of the Night (TV Series)
Ruth Peterson
- Lessons Learned (1990) ... Ruth Peterson
- Brotherly Love: Part 2 (1990) ... Ruth Peterson
- Brotherly Love: Part 1 (1990) ... Ruth Peterson
- Intruders (1989) ... Ruth Peterson
 1988 School Daze
Odrie McPherson
 1986 Spenser: For Hire (TV Series)
Betty Tymes
- Brother to Dragons (1986) ... Betty Tymes
 1968-1985 One Life to Live (TV Series)
Carla Gray / Carla Hall
- Episode #1.4231 (1985) ... Carla Gray
- Episode #1.4470 (1985) ... Carla Gray
- Episode #1.4431 (1985) ... Carla Gray
- Episode dated 23 October 1985 (1985) ... Carla Gray
- Episode #1.4210 (1984) ... Carla Gray
 1985 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Mrs. Robbins
- High School Narc (1985) ... Mrs. Robbins
 1974 Great Performances (TV Series)
Regan
- 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
The Girl in the Bar
 1957 The Big Story (TV Series)
Betty
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Stage: Appeared in a production of "Henry V" by William Shakespeare. See more »

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Height:

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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