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Rosanna Carter was an American television, stage and film actress, of Bahamian extraction, and the sister of Esther Rolle and Estelle Evans. She was born in Florida. During the Harlem Renaissance, she acted at New Lafayette Theater as one of the Lafayette Players. 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 received an AUDELCO award in 1977 for her work as a supporting actress in the play, Unfinished Women. She was nominated for an Emmy Award as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in I'll Fly Away in 1993, losing to Elaine Stritch who performed in Law & Order.