Novella Nelson

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Novella Nelson
Born(1939-12-17) December 17, 1939 (age 74)
Brooklyn, New York USA
Years active1978-present
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Novella Nelson
Born(1939-12-17) December 17, 1939 (age 74)
Brooklyn, New York USA
Years active1978-present

Novella Nelson (born December 17, 1939) is an American actress and singer.

Nelson was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Evelyn Hines and James Nelson.[1] She established her career as a singer, both on the off-Broadway and Broadway stage[2] and in cabaret-style locales.[3] Nelson was a featured performer on Broadway in 1970 in the musical, Purlie, in which she sang DOWN HOME with Cleavon Little and HE CAN DO IT with Melba Moore. In 1975, Nelson directed the play "Le Femme Noir" at the Joseph Papp Public Theater. Her career in films did not begin until she was approaching middle age, with a small part in 1978's An Unmarried Woman. Over the next thirty years, she continued to play small roles in movies[4] Nelson works as an instructor for voice-over actors.[5] In June, 2009, she appeared in a Boston production of Oedipus.[6]


1978An Unmarried WomanJean Starret
1979The Seduction of Joe TynanCarla Willis
1984The Cotton ClubMadame St. Clair
1984The Flamingo KidLizzy the Housekeeper
1990PrivilegeYvonne Washington
1990The Bonfire of the VanitiesMedia Jackal
1991Strictly BusinessOlivia
1993Weekend at Bernie's IIMobu
1994Dead FunnyFrances
1995The KeeperMrs. Lemont, Mother
1996Girl 6Angela's Aunt
1997The Devil's AdvocateBotanica Woman
1998A Perfect MurderAmbassador Alice Wills
2002Antwone FisherMrs. Tate
2003The West Wing episode "Gaza"Gail Fitzwallace
2003The West Wing episode "N.S.F. Thurmont"Gail Fitzwallace
2005Dear WendyClarabelle
2005"Preaching To The Choir"Ruth
2007The TenJudge Sophia R. Jackson
2007August RushSocial Worker
2010Night Catches UsEloise Johnson
201030 Rock episode "The Moms"Herself
2010It's Kind of a Funny StoryThe Professor



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