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But Carter is perhaps best known as the loving housekeeper Nell Harper the 1980's comedy sitcom Gimme a Break!, which earned Carter Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations. The popular show lasted from from 1981 to 1987.
Carter died from heart disease complicated by diabetes in 2003 (In 1992, she had surgery to remove aneurysms. But all her life she had been struggling with alcohol and drugs). She was the mother of two adopted teenagers. When she died, friends and family were surprised to discover barely $200 in her bank account. They were further shocked to discover that Carter had been living as a closeted lesbian, and that custody of her children had been left to her domestic partner. At the time of her death, Carter had been rehearsing for a production of A Raisin in the Sun in Long Beach, California and filming a movie, Swing.
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