Nell Carter, an actress and singer hails from America. Nell Ruth Hardy, her birth name, she was born on 13th September 1948 in Birmingham, Alabama, US. Nell was one of nine children born to her parents Horace and Edna Mae Hardy. At a very young age, she started singing on a local gospel radio show, and she was a member of the church choir too. When she was 16 years of age, when she was raped at gunpoint and became pregnant; she gave birth to a daughter named Tracey. Tracey was raised by Nell’s aunt. At 19, she changed her surname to Carter and moved to New York City. During her struggle period, she used to sing in coffee shops. She got her first role in 1971 on Broadway. In 1971, Nell made her debut in Broadway’s rock opera ‘Soon’. In 1974, she was the Music Director of ‘What Time of Night It Is’, a Westbeth Playwrights Feminist Collective production. The same year, she appeared on stage musical, ‘Miss Moffat’, which is based on Bette Davis’, her co-star, earlier movie ‘The Corn Is Green’. In 1978, she grabbed a Tony Award for the musical ‘Ain’t Misbehaving’; for the same role, she won an Emmy in 1982. She has also appeared in Broadway’s ‘Dude’ and ‘
’. In 1979, she appeared in ‘Hair’s’ musical film adaption directed by Milos Forman. Nell made her appearance on TV’s ‘The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo’.
She then earned a stable role in the sitcom ‘Gimme a Break’ as Nell Harper; for her role she won a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award nomination. The show aired from 1981 to 1987. In 1989, she worked in a pilot of ‘Morton’s By the Bay’ of NBC; she played the role of the assistant to an owner of a banquet hall. In 1990, Nell appeared in ‘You Take the Kids’, a CBS comedy. The show faced bad reviews and ratings; it only had a month’s run on the TV. In the mid-1990s, she appeared as Miss Hannigan on Broadway in ‘Annie’. In 2001, she appeared in WB’s show, Reba. Further, she made her appearances in ‘Raising’, ‘Swing’ and ‘Back by Midnight’. In the early 1980s, she had attempted suicide and admitted to drug detoxification facility till 1985. She married George Krynicki, a mathematician and lumber executive in 1982; they had two sons, Daniel and Joshua. As a Roman Catholic, she converted to Judaism later. In 1992, she got separated from Krynicki and married Roger Larocque and also divorced him a year later. She died on 23rd January 2003, due to heart disease in Beverley Hills, at her home.