The ’80s was an era that brimmed with barrier-breaking sitcoms. While some like Diff’rent Strokes and 227 garnered massive amounts of media attention, others such as Gimme a Break! took a back seat to the other more well-known shows. Still, the show was a pillar of diversity that should never be forgotten, and it was anchored by the talented performer Nell Carter. Carter died in January 2003, but her legacy lives on. The question is, how much did she earn from her acting and singing gigs?
Nell Carter was born in Birmingham, Alabama on September 13, 1948. She had a long and successful career as an actress, singer, and dancer. She won a Tony Award for her role in the Broadway musical Ain’t Misbehavin’. She also starred as the housekeeper Nell Harper on the popular television series Gimme A Break!, which ran from 1981 to 1987.
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Throughout her acting and singing career, Nell Carter appeared in numerous movies and TV series including Back Roads, The CrazySitter, Modern Problems, The Grass Harp, Special Delivery, Perfect Fit, Fakin’ Da Funk, Follow Your Heart, and a host of other shows. She was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and a Theatre World Award for her performances in both the stage and the screen.
Carter was also a regular on the game show Match Game ’90 and a cast member of the sitcom Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper. She was a featured guest star on the pilot episode of Reba and continued to appear in the series during its first season, making three appearances. During the early 1990s, she also made several low-budget films and television specials.
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In her personal life, Carter struggled with drug abuse and depression throughout her life. She was addicted to cocaine for a while and even went to a rehab facility at one point. She suffered from a number of health problems and her brother died of AIDS. In the midst of her personal and professional turmoil, she managed to keep up her acting and singing roles. As of the time of her death, Carter’s net worth was around $2 million.