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Nell Carter (born Nell Ruth Hardy; September 13, 1948 – January 23, 2003) was an American singer and actress.
Beginning her career in 1970, Carter started in theater; singing and later crossed over to television. Carter was perhaps best known for her role as Nell Harper on the NBC sitcom Gimme a Break! which originally aired from 1981 to 1987. Carter received two Emmy and two Golden Globe award nominations for her work on the series. Prior to Gimme a Break!, Carter won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical in 1978 for her performance in the Broadway musical Ain't Misbehavin', as well as an Primetime Emmy Award for her reprisal of the role on television in 1982.
Carter self-identified as Pentecostal. After Gimme a Break! began, Carter's life took a turbulent turn. She attempted suicide in the early 1980s and entered a drug detoxification facility around 1985. Her brother, Bernard, died of complications due to AIDS in 1989. Carter married mathematician and lumber executive George Krynicki, and converted to Judaism in 1982 (she had been born into a Roman Catholic family and raised Presbyterian).
Carter filed for divorce from Krynicki in 1989; it was finalized in 1992. Carter had three children: a daughter Tracey and sons Joshua and Daniel. She adopted both Joshua and Daniel as newborns over a four-month period. She attempted to adopt twice more but both adoptions failed. In her first attempt, she allowed a young pregnant woman to move into her home with the plan that she would adopt the child, but the mother decided to keep her baby. In 1992, Carter had surgery to repair two aneurysms and married Roger Larocque in June. She divorced Larocque the next year. Carter declared bankruptcy in 1995 and again in 2002. She also endured three miscarriages.
On January 23, 2003, Carter collapsed and died at her home in Beverly Hills. Her body was discovered by her son, Joshua. Per a provision in Carter's will, no autopsy was performed. Using blood tests, X-rays, and a physical examination, Los Angeles County ruled that Carter's death was the result of "probable arteriosclerotic heart disease, with diabetes a contributing condition." She is survived by her three children. Carter is buried at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery, Los Angeles. She was survived by her domestic partner, Ann Kaser.
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