Nell Carter

Birth Name: Nell Ruth Hardy

Date of Birth: September 13, 1948

Place of Birth: Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.

Date of Death: January 23, 2003

Place of Death: Beverly Hills, California

Ethnicity: African-American (converted to Judaism)

Nell Carter was an American actress and singer.

Nell was born into a Christian family. She converted to Judaism in the 1980s, while married to her first husband, a Conservative Jew (who tried to convince her not to do so). Nell was a practicing Jew until her death.

Nell was the daughter of Edna Mae (Lee) and Horace Lee Hardy.

Nell’s father was adopted by his own grandparents, Ed Hardy and Francis/Frances Haleness.

Nell’s maternal grandparents were Josh Lee and Edna.

Sources: Article about Nell’s Judaism –

Marriage record of Nell’s parents –

Nell’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Nell’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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3 Responses

  1. follers says:

    Ethnic, is there a picture, please?

  2. bablah says:

    Paternal adoptive grandparents were Ed Hardy and Francis Haleness.

    Maternal grandparents were Josh Lee and Edna.

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