Born on this date: Nell Carter

Gimme a Break adSinger/actress Nell Carter was born Sept. 13, 1948. She died in 2003 at age 54.

Carter won a Tony and an Emmy, both of them for Ain’t Misbehavin’ (on Broadway and TV respectively).

From 1981 to 1987, she starred in the sitcom Gimme a Break!, in which she played a housekeeper and surrogate mother to the family of a widowed police chief.

I never really liked Gimme a Break! But I did like The Mary Tyler Moore Show—and in this video, Carter performs a soulful rendition of the MTM Show theme song.

Nell Carter sings “Love Is All Around,” the theme to The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1980s)



  1. I saw the show several times but always felt she was a poor man’s knockoff of the sassy housekeeper, which Marla Gibbs played so well on The Jeffersons. But RIP Nell.

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