Rosanna Carter

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Rosanna Carter
Rosanna Rolle

(1918-09-20)September 20, 1918
DiedDecember 30, 2016(2016-12-30) (aged 98)
Years active1974–1997
TelevisionGood Times
Tales from the Darkside
Law & Order
The Cosby Show
Spouse(s)John Carter
Parent(s)Jonathan Rolle (1883–1953)
Elizabeth Iris Dames (1893–1981)
RelativesEstelle Evans
Esther Rolle (sisters)
Awards1977 - AUDELCO Award Best Supporting Actress in a Play - (Unfinished Women)

Rosanna Rolle Carter (September 20, 1918 – December 30, 2016)[1][2][3] was a Bahamian American television, stage and film actress, who was born in Nassau, Bahamas, to two Bahamian parents, and the sister of Esther Rolle and Estelle Evans,[4] one of 18 children.[5] During the Harlem Renaissance, she acted at New Lafayette Theater as one of the Lafayette Players.[6] She acted in The Brother from Another Planet, a well-reviewed 1984 film described as a science fiction fairy tale with a slavery plot.


In the 1970s, Carter was a member of the Negro Ensemble Company theatrical group.[7] Her Broadway credits include Inacent Black (1980), The American Clock (1980), and My Sister, My Sister (1973).[8]

She starred in many movies, including Night of the Juggler (1980), and The Brother from Another Planet (1984).

Carter also guest starred on many television shows. In 1974, she made a guest appearance on her sister, Esther Rolle's sitcom Good Times as Cora. In 1985, she guest starred as Mrs. McNeill on television's Tales from the Darkside. In 1992, she guest starred as Rosanna on television's The Cosby Show. Also, she guest starred on the television show I'll Fly Away in 1993. Her last guest star appearance was on television's Law & Order in 1997 as Mrs. Hemmerick in the season eight première. She appeared on Law & Order twice before; first in 1990 as Mrs. Jackson and a small extra role in 1994 as an old woman.

Personal life[edit]

In 1974, Carter was injured when a police car struck her automobile from behind, forcing it to hit a parked bus. Seven years later, a Bronx Supreme Court jury awarded her $1 million for her injuries, impairment of earning capacity, and lost wages.[9]


Carter received an AUDELCO award in 1977 for her work as a supporting actress in the play, Unfinished Women.[10] She was nominated for an Emmy Award as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in I'll Fly Away in 1993,[11][12] losing to Elaine Stritch who performed in Law & Order.[13]





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  2. ^ "Rosanna Rolle Carter". L.C. Poitier Funeral Home. Archived from the original on May 30, 2017. Retrieved May 30, 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ Lentz, Harris III (April 2017). "Rosanna Carter, 98". Classic Images (502): 50.
  4. ^ IMDB Biography for Esther Rolle
  5. ^ "Actress Esther Rolle, 78, Dies In Los Angeles". Jet. December 7, 1998. p. 18. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  6. ^ Bean, Annemarie, A Sourcebook on African-American Performance: Plays, People, Movements, 1999, p. 70.
  7. ^ "Florida, Humble About Her 'Good Times'". The Robesonian. North Carolina, Lumberton. December 8, 1974. p. 29. Retrieved May 30, 2017 – via open access
  8. ^ "("Rosanna Carter" search results)". Playbill. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  9. ^ "Actress Wins $1 Million In Auto Accident Suit". Jet. November 12, 1981. p. 13. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  10. ^ Public Theater Awards 1956-2006
  11. ^ "("Rosanna Carter" search results)". EMMYS. Television Academy. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  12. ^ IMDB Awards for Rosanna Carter
  13. ^ IMDB Emmy Awards: 1993
  14. ^ [1]

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