Rosanna Carter

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Rosanna Carter (September 20, 1918 - 2001, aged 83) was an American television, stage and film actress, of Bahamian extraction, and the sister of Esther Rolle and Estelle Evans.[1] Rosanna Carter was born on September 20, 1918 in Rolle Town, Bahamas, the ninth of eighteen children, to Bahamian immigrants, Johnathon and Elizabeth Rolle. During the Harlem Renaissance, she acted at New Lafayette Theater as one of the Lafayette Players.[2] She acted in The Brother from Another Planet, a well-reviewed 1984 film described as a science fiction fairy tale with a slavery plot.


Carter starred in many movies. Some include 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 Tales from the Darkside. In 1992, she guest starred as Rosanna on The Cosby Show. Also, she guest starred on I'll Fly Away in 1993. Her last guest star appearance was on Law & Order in 1997 as Mrs. Hemmerick in the season eight première. She had appeared on Law & Order twice before. Once in 1990 as Mrs. Jackson and in 1994 as an old woman.


Carter received an AUDELCO award in 1977 for her work as a supporting actress in the play, Unfinished Women.[3] She was nominated for an Emmy Award as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in I'll Fly Away in 1993,[4] losing to Elaine Stritch who performed in Law & Order.[5]

Selected Filmography[edit]



  1. ^ IMDB Biography for Esther Rolle
  2. ^ A Sourcebook on African-American Performance: Plays, People, Movements, Annemarie Bean, 1999
  3. ^ Public Theater Awards 1956-2006
  4. ^ IMDB Awards for Rosanna Carter
  5. ^ IMDB Emmy Awards: 1993
  6. ^ [1]