Nell Carter
Actress, singer
Nell Carter
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.
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GMO apples that don't brown so quickly have been approved by the USDA
Yahoo News - about 2 years
The US Department of Agriculture has decided to deregulate two new apple varieties genetically engineered to resist browning, The New York Times reports. The apples were developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc., a small company in Canada. Instead of growing the fruit itself, the company will license its varieties to commercial farms. The company's president Neal Carter told NPR that food service companies will no longer need to treat their pre-sliced apples with preservative chemicals.
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U.S. approves first biotech apple that resists browning
Yahoo News - about 2 years
U.S. regulators on Friday approved what would be the first commercialized biotech apple, rejecting efforts by the organic industry and other GMO critics to block the new fruit. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) approved two genetically engineered apple varieties designed to resist browning that have been developed by the Canadian company Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. Okanagan plans to market the apples as Arctic Granny and Arctic Golden, and says the apples are identical to their conventional counterparts except the flesh of the fruit will retain a fresh appearance even after it is sliced or bruised. Okanagan President Neal Carter called the USDA approval "a monumental occasion." "It is the biggest milestone yet for us, and we can't wait until they're available for consumers," he said in a statement. The Organic Consumers Association (OCA), which petitioned the USDA to deny approval, says the genetic changes that prevent browning co ...
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Porchlight's <i>Ain't Misbehavin'</i> Delivers Smoldering Sass
Huffington Post - about 3 years
The joint is certainly jumpin' at Stage 773. Porchlight's rollicking production of the "Fats" Waller revue, Ain't Misbehavin', playing through March 9, is the kind of show that offers enough heat and harmony to melt through the layers of ice that have crystallized Chicago. This isn't the shiny, slick production of this oft-produced musical revue you're probably used to (and which played Goodman Theatre in 2008). This cast and creative team, led by director/choreographer Brenda Didier, celebrates the working-class spirit of Waller's tunes. There is no fourth wall. This is a boozy, after hours party, and we're all invited. Credit must be given to the ensemble cast and musicians who do Waller more than proud. As the visual stand-in for Waller, Lorenzo Rush Jr. is a clear crowd favorite. Possessing a powerful, soulful voice, Rush Jr. hits home Waller's spirited and sassy lyrics with a large dose of mischief. Robin DaSilva has big shoes to fill, playing a role that put Nell Carter on th ...
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Hulu.com: 'Cousin Oliver' Round-Up: 9 of TV's Inexplicably Added Children
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In The Brady Bunch's fifth and final season, all of the Brady kids were looking a little long in the tooth: Marcia had crow's feet, Greg was using a walker, and Cindy traded in her ruffled socks and Mary Janes for sensible support hose and orthopedic shoes. America was sickened to see a Brady over the age of 12. As a last-minute gambit to salvage the show, eight-year-old Cousin Oliver joined the family, and oh, the hijinks and hilarity that ensued. We're guessing the kid had some repressed issues: his parents ditched him with the Bradys while they went on an archeological dig in South America. In the course of his first day with the family, Oliver managed to ruin Jan's painting, cover Greg in ketchup, crack a terracotta pot, undo Carol's knitting, break a stack of dishes, and shatter a lamp. (Every scene with Cousin Oliver ended in the "wuh, wuh, wuh" sound effect.) Five episodes later, Oliver managed to kill the entire series (it was cancelled that season). However, th ...
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Steven Suskin: Aisle View: Jane Lynch Takes Annie
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The answer, in a word, is: a lot. The question being, how much does Jane Lynch -- the antagonistic cheerleader coach of Glee -- add to the heretofore sleepy revival of Annie at the Palace? That Lynch is able to embrace the role of Miss Hannigan, the hard-hearted orphanage matron who prides herself in torturing her scrawny charges (in general) and that spunky red-haired moppet (in particular), is not exactly a surprise. Lynch is one of those Chicago actresses, her years of toil including a stint with Second City. She found a niche creating memorable characters in movies and on television -- her performance as a dog handler in Christopher Guest's 2000 film Best in Show remains ferociously funny -- until the first episodes of Glee made her a full-fledged star in 2009. Lynch commandeers the Palace stage, and the show, from the moment she first teeters into view sporting a hangover so severe that every little-girl whimper seems to rattle her dentures. Lynch's height only ...
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Lara Jill Miller sings on You Tube and returns in SciGirls
The Morning Call - Blogs - over 4 years
Allentown Lara Jill Miller always loved singing and now she has a video on Youtube, although as the animated Lambie, in the absolutely adorable tune "Everyone Gets Hurt Sometime" from Disney Junior's "Doc McStuffins,"  a series that models good health, hygiene, compassion and nurturing for kids age 2-7. The series can be seen weekdays on the Disney Channel Miller just wrapped the first season of the hit series about a little girl named Doc who can talk to the stuffed animal and toy world and helps them when they are hurt. She also voices Izzy on season two of Emmy-Award-winning "SciGirls" which debuts this month on PBS KIDS GO. "Doc McStuffins" which has been a rating hit has been renewed for a second season and Lara Jill's character Lambie can be found in stuffed toys and action figures.Lara Jill is best known for her role as Samantha, opposite Nell Carter in the hit 1980s sitcom “Gimme A Break!,” which ran on NBC for six seasons. Her voice also can be heard as Widget in Nicke ...
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Xaque Gruber: Follies at the Ahmanson Is Musical Theatre at Its Finest
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Los Angeles, you are in for a treat. Follies, the 1971 landmark musical that collected seven Tony Awards, takes Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre by storm -- direct from Broadway, and bigger and better than ever. James Goldman's haunting book chronicles a bittersweet reunion of aging showgirls as they make a final pilgrimage to the grand theatre that once gave them wings, now decaying and set for the wrecking ball. Stunning new life is breathed into Stephen Sondheim's magnificent songs ("Losing My Mind," "Broadway Baby," "I'm Still Here Among Them") thanks to a 28 piece orchestra, and an armada of talent that needs to be seen to be believed including Elaine Paige, Jan Maxwell, Victoria Clark, Ron Raines, Danny Burstein, Mary Beth Peil, Jayne Houdyshell, Susan Watson, Sammy Williams, and Terri White. I had the exclusive pleasure of chatting with Terri White who plays 1933's Follies girl, Stella Deems, the show's sole African-American female character. XG: Your fe ...
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Allentown's Lara Jill Miller lends voice to new Disney series
The Morning Call - Blogs - almost 5 years
Listen for Allentown native Lara Jill Miller in Disney Junior's “Doc McStuffins,” an animated series that models good health, hygiene, compassion and nurturing for kids age 2-7. The series premieres today at 10 a.m. on the Disney Channel and at 4 p.m. on the new 24-hour Disney Junior channel. The stories, each featuring an original song, introduce a little girl named Doc who can talk to the stuffed animal and toy world -- and they talk to her too, especially when they need her help repairing a stitch. Along the way, Doc and her best friend Lambie – voiced by Lara Jill; Stuffy; Hallie and Chilly give kids helpful tips about self care and care for others. In the first story “Modern Family’s” Ty Burrell voices Big Jack, a nurturing Jack-in-the-Box, who takes his son Little Jack to get a check-up from Doc in the premiere episode titled “Out of the Box.” In the second story, Doc helps her little brother Donny's toy race car recharge in “Rundown Race Car.” The series voice cast als ...
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Harbor Lights Announces Fall Professional Theater Training Program - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
The reprise production was written, directed and choreographed by David H. Bell, and added Oscar winner Lou Gossett, Jr. and the late Nell Carter as guest stars. Regionally, Mr. Montgomery has appeared in over seventy productions, among them &#39;Antony&#39;
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False start a Fosse fiasco - New York Post
Google News - over 5 years
The show, which starred Nell Carter, moved to Broadway, where it beat &quot;Dancin&#39; &quot; for the Tony. As things stand now, Studio 54, which was created for the Roundabout&#39;s hit revival of &quot;Cabaret,&quot; is going to be empty this fall
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Big, Fat Stereotypes Play Out On The Small Screen - NPR
Google News - over 5 years
Bernstein says that, during the &#39;70s and &#39;80s, bigger black actresses usually played sassy, maternal types, from the moms on What&#39;s Happening! and Good Times to Nell Carter as the feisty housekeeper on Gimme a Break. Lesley Kinzel claims TV has gotten
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Boys' Night Out having a 'beach party' - Oak Ridger
Google News - over 5 years
They have played back-up for R&amp;B greats Percy Sledge (“When a Man Loves a Woman”), Archie Bell (“Do the Tighten-Up”), Barbara Lewis (“Baby I&#39;m Yours”), and Clifford Curry (“She Shot a Hole in My Soul”); and has opened shows for the Judds, Nell Carter,
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Greer Idol finalists not lacking in inspiration - Spartanburg Herald Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Allen said one he&#39;s “doing for sure,” is Nell Carter&#39;s “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me.” Jordan, 38, is a single mom of two. She works at Techno Cuts on Poinsett in Greer and owns Fairy Tales Bridal Hair Designs. She said she&#39;s been singing since age 2
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City Park Players presents production of 'Ain't Misbehavin" - Alexandria Town Talk
Google News - over 5 years
The original featured Nell Carter, André DeShields, Armelia McQueen, Ken Page and Charlayne Woodard. The City Park Players cast will mirror the original cast, with Simmons in Carter&#39;s role. &quot;The cast that (director) Laine (Berry Miller) assembled is so
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Rural Genius chimes in on body odor debate - KC Community News
Google News - over 5 years
I am writing to you today from the horsefly-infested front porch of my top-secret Rural Genius headquarters, where the July sun is hotter than Nell Carter&#39;s armpit. However, despite the oppressive heat, today my brilliant and lucid thoughts are flowing
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July 6: A Day for Music and Poems - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
How about some music under the tent from Broadway performer Jim Turner at the Shelter Island Public Library, 37 North Ferry Road on Shelter Island, at 4:00 pm Turner has shared the stage with such greats as Paul McCartney, Buddy Guy, Nell Carter,
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Year of Alabama Music: Nell Carter (1948-2003) - The Birmingham News - al.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Nell Carter&#39;s breakthrough came with a knockout performance in &quot;Ain&#39;t Misbehavin.&#39;&quot; (Special) Screen gems: Standout moment in 1979 movie adaptation of the musical “Hair,” soloing on “White Boys.” Also appeared in films such as “The Grass Harp” and
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nell Carter
    FIFTIES
  • 2003
    Age 54
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She is survived by her domestic partner, Ann Kaser, her two sons, Joshua and Daniel, and daughter Tracy Ruth.
  • FORTIES
  • 1995
    Age 46
    She declared bankruptcy in 1995 and again in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details She also endured three miscarriages.
  • 1992
    Age 43
    In 1992, Carter had surgery to repair two aneurysms.
    More Details Hide Details She divorced Krynicki and married Roger Larocque the same year, divorcing Larocque the next year.
  • 1989
    Age 40
    In October of that same year, she performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to Game 4 of the 1989 World Series, played at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, Carter starred in the CBS comedy You Take the Kids. The series, which was perceived as being the black answer to Roseanne due to its portrayal of a working-class African-American family, featured Carter as a crass, no-nonsense mother and wife. You Take the Kids faced poor ratings and reviews, and had a month's run from December 1990 to January 1991. During the early 1990s, Carter appeared in low-budget films, TV specials, and on game shows such as Match Game '90 and To Tell the Truth. She co-starred in Hangin' with Mr. Cooper from 1993 to 1995. In the mid-1990s, Carter appeared on Broadway in a revival of Annie as Miss Hannigan. She was upset when commercials promoting the show used a different actress, Marcia Lewis, a white actress, as Miss Hannigan. The producers stated that the commercials, which were made during an earlier production, were too costly to reshoot. Carter said racism played a part in the decision. "Maybe they don't want audiences to know Nell Carter is black", she told the New York Post. "It hurts a lot", Carter told the Post, "I've asked them nicely to stop it—it's insulting to me as a black woman." Carter was later replaced by Sally Struthers.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In this, Carter played the assistant to the owner of a banquet hall, and the focus was on her and her mad-cap staff. Alan Ruck and Jann Karam co-starred. NBC passed on the series development.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1985
    Age 36
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Her brother, Bernard, died of complications due to AIDS in 1989.
  • 1982
    Age 33
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Carter had three children: daughters Tracy and Tiffany, and son Daniel. She adopted both Tiffany and Daniel as newborns over a four-month period. She attempted to adopt twice more but both adoptions fell through. In her final 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.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1978
    Age 29
    In 1978, Carter was cast as Effie White in the Broadway musical Dreamgirls, but departed the production during development to take a television role on the ABC soap opera, Ryan's Hope in New York.
    More Details Hide Details When Dreamgirls premiered in late 1981, Jennifer Holliday had taken over the lead. Carter also took a role on television's The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo, before landing a steady role as Nell Harper on the sitcom Gimme a Break!, for which she earned Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations. The show lasted from 1981 to 1987.
    She broke into stardom in the musical Ain't Misbehavin, for which she won a Tony Award in 1978.
    More Details Hide Details She won an Emmy for the same role in a televised performance in 1982. Additional Broadway credits included Dude and Annie. In 1979, she had a part in the Miloš Forman-directed musical film adaptation of Hair. Her vocal talents are showcased throughout the motion picture soundtrack.
  • 1974
    Age 25
    Carter appeared alongside Bette Davis in the 1974 stage musical Miss Moffat, based on Davis' earlier film The Corn Is Green.
    More Details Hide Details The show closed before making it to Broadway.
    She was the Music Director for the 1974 Westbeth Playwrights Feminist Collective's production of "What Time of Night It Is".
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  • 1971
    Age 22
    Carter made her Broadway debut in the 1971 rock opera Soon, which closed after three performances.
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    While living in New York City, Carter sang in coffee shops before landing her first role on Broadway in 1971.
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  • 1969
    Age 20
    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).
    More Details Hide Details At the age of 19, she left Birmingham and moved to New York City with The Renaissance Ensemble, changing her surname to Carter. (This citation is in error. Nell was singing as Nell Carter in Birmingham before moving to NYC (Lee Edmundson, Personal History in Birmingham).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1948
    Born
    Born on September 13, 1948.
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