Rosanna Carter
American actor
Rosanna Carter
Rosanna Carter was an American television, stage and film actress, of Bahamian extraction, and the sister of Esther Rolle and Estelle Evans. She was born in Florida. During the Harlem Renaissance, she acted at New Lafayette Theater as one of the Lafayette Players. She acted in The Brother from Another Planet, a well-reviewed 1984 film described as a science fiction fairy tale with a slavery plot.
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Esther Rolle, 78, Who Played Feisty Maid and Matriarch
NYTimes - over 18 years
Esther Rolle, a pioneering African-American actress who gained national recognition in the 1970's for her role as Florida Evans on two television shows, first ''Maude'' and then ''Good Times,'' died at a hospital here on Tuesday. She was 78 and lived in Los Angeles. Larry Calhoun, her longtime publicist, said the cause of death had not been
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Unmasking the Woman Inside the Preacher
NYTimes - about 20 years
UPSTAIRS on the stage of the Crossroads Theater Company, Sister Margaret Alexander, fervently delivering her preachings, is about to be unchurched for not practicing them. Downstairs, her domestic life is unraveling, in 1950's kitchen-sink drama style. While the congregation is dissing Sister Margaret for misappropriating funds -- just the fare
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THEATER REVIEW;James Baldwin Heroine Haunts the Memory
NYTimes - about 21 years
When the stern storefront minister in James Baldwin's "Amen Corner" rebukes her congregation for unseemly levity, audience members at the Long Wharf Theater here may find themselves taking it personally. "No, children, don't you be laughing this morning," says Sister Margaret Alexander, portrayed by Mary Alice, an actress of unfailing fascination,
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Review/Theater; At a Family Reunion, the Elusiveness of Kinship
NYTimes - almost 28 years
LEAD: The aged matriarch has died, and members of her large family have returned to the homestead for the funeral. Sooner than expected, they will divide the estate. In Nancy Fales Garrett's absorbing new play, ''Some Sweet Day'' (at the Long Wharf Theater), the Morgan family is defined by individual self-interest. The aged matriarch has died, and
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Review/Theater; Negro Ensemble Company in 2 Plays
NYTimes - about 28 years
LEAD: During the Civil War, many freed slaves were illiterate, and unknowing about the world around them. Some had never even seen money, but in the view of the playwright Charles Fuller, they were quickly ''baptized in the ways of white men.'' Rising in rebellion, they demanded equal pay for equal work - and if that work meant picking cotton then,
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Review/Theater; Waging War on Family and Time
NYTimes - over 28 years
LEAD: The title character in Cassandra Medley's ''Ma Rose'' is an aged matriarch who finds her mind and her life are slowly slipping away. Stubbornly she wants to hold on to her independence, but she is surrounded by relatives determined to give her a final push. The play is the story of Ma Rose's battle, and it is also about the conflicts among
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TV WEEKEND; 'A GATHERING OF OLD MEN' ON CBS
NYTimes - almost 30 years
LEAD: A BLACK man named Charlie is being chased across a cane field by a white man driving a tractor. For years it has been whites ordering around blacks, Charlie is saying, ''but there comes a day, there comes a day.'' Sunday night at 9 on CBS, ''A Gathering of Old Men'' describes that day, turning a local incident and a small victory into a
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THEATER; 'THE RIVER NIGER' AT THE CROSSROADS
NYTimes - over 30 years
IN THE last couple of decades, black drama has blazed forth with power and glory. Mostly, it has been nurtured by institutional theaters. In Manhattan, the Negro Ensemble Company and the Public Theater have been prominent showcases for notable plays that later moved to Broadway. Witness ''Ceremonies in Dark Old Men'' from the former company and
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THEATER: FOUR ONE-ACTS AT ENSEMBLE STUDIO
NYTimes - over 30 years
THE four one-acts in Series C of the Ensemble Studio Theater's Marathon '86 include one nifty little comedy; a warm and wise play about a black family; a failed melodrama, and a romantic comedy with funny lines and situations that wobbles on a very weak premise. The characters in Cassandra Medley's ''Ma Rose'' are so attractive that one would like
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STAGE: AT NEW FEDERAL, 'WHO LOVES THE DANCER'
NYTimes - almost 35 years
ROB PENNY'S ''Who Loves the Dancer'' at Henry Street Settlement's New Federal Theater is a disarming new play about a boy growing up in Philadelphia in the 50's. The hero, played by Giancarlo Esposito, dreams about a career as a professional dancer, but he is trapped by expectations of his mother, his social environment and racism. Deep in the
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'AMEN CORNER' AT CROSSROADS
NYTimes - about 35 years
NEW BRUNSWICK WHAT can you do with a text that seems longer than the Old Testament and is never so interesting? Or, how can you flatten the apocalyptic puffery of words that cite Isaiah but, like Job, embody more hardships than less sturdy souls could tolerate in one evening? Simple. Take pruning shears and trim the plot so that it imitates, rather
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STAGE: MELBA MOORE IS 'INACENT BLACK'
NYTimes - almost 36 years
ALTHOUGH it is the work of a living writer and contains a few contemporary references, ''Inacent Black'' looks like a relic from a very distant past. This comedy, written by A. Marcus Hemphill, is the kind of show that might have toured the Bible Belt, by bus-and-truck (or maybe horse and buggy), at least two generations ago. Even in those days, it
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    TWENTIES
  • 1993
    She was nominated for an Emmy Award as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in I'll Fly Away in 1993, losing to Elaine Stritch who performed in Law & Order.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1977
    Carter received an AUDELCO award in 1977 for her work as a supporting actress in the play, Unfinished Women.
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