Nell Carter

Actress + Singer
Born Sep 13, 1948

Nell Carter was an American singer, and film, stage, and television actress. She won a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway musical Ain't Misbehavin', as well as an Emmy Award for her reprisal of the role on television. From 1981 to 1987, Carter starred in the NBC sitcom also Gimme a Break!. She received two Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations for her work on the series.… Read More

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1948 Birth Born on September 13, 1948.


1969 20 Years Old She sang in guitarist David Walbert's jazz band The Renaissance Ensemble at his coffee house/jazz club Society's Child in Birmingham, Alabama in 1969 (Lee Edmundson, Personal History in Birmingham). … Read More
1971 22 Years Old 1 More Event
While living in New York City, Carter sang in coffee shops before landing her first role on Broadway in 1971.
1974 25 Years Old 1 More Event
She was the Music Director for the 1974 Westbeth Playwrights Feminist Collective's production of "What Time of Night It Is".
1978 29 Years Old 1 More Event
She broke into stardom in the musical Ain't Misbehavin, for which she won a Tony Award in 1978. … Read More


1982 33 Years Old She 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). … Read More
1985 36 Years Old 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. … Read More


1989 40 Years Old 1 More Event
Within a couple of a years after Gimme a Break!, Carter pursued new TV series projects. In 1989, she shot a pilot for NBC entitled Morton's By the Bay, which aired as a one-time special in May of that year. … Read More
1992 43 Years Old In 1992, Carter had surgery to repair two aneurysms. … Read More
1995 46 Years Old She declared bankruptcy in 1995 and again in 2002. … Read More


2003 54 Years Old Having previously survived two brain aneurysms, Carter died at the age of 54 on January 23, 2003, from heart disease complicated by diabetes in her Beverly Hills home. … Read More
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