Her love of music carried her to stardom on stage and screen


Nell Carter

NELL CARTER WAS BORN NELLIE RUTH HARDY in Birmingham, Alabama, on September 13, 1948, to Edna Mae and Horace Lee Hardy. Carter, the fifth of nine children, loved music and sang in church groups around Alabama. After graduating from A.H. Parker High School, she moved to New York City to study acting. To earn income, she began to sing in night clubs throughout the city.


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