December 17, 1939
Brooklyn, New York United States
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.
She established her career as a singer, both on the off-Broadway and Broadway stage  and in  cabaret-style locales. Starting in 1961, Nelson had a decades-long stage career, performing, directing and producing, primarily in New York.  She was a featured performer on Broadway in 1970 in the musical,  . In 1975, Nelson directed the play Purlie La Femme Noire at The Public Theater. Her film career began at age 39 with a small part in 1977's  , and continued for the next several decades with roles in movies and television. An Unmarried Woman 
Filmography [ edit ]
Unmarried Woman, An An Unmarried Woman Jean
Seduction of Joe Tynan, The The Seduction of Joe Tynan Carla Willis
Cotton Club, The The Cotton Club Madame St. Clair
Flamingo Kid, The The Flamingo Kid Lizzy
Privilege Yvonne Washington
Strictly Business Olivia
Weekend at Bernie's II Mobu
Dead Funny Frances
Keeper, The The Keeper Mrs. Lemont
Manny & Lo Georgine
Perfect Murder, A A Perfect Murder Ambassador Alice Wills
Judy Berlin Carol
Gilded Six Bits, The The Gilded Six Bits Mama Banks
Antwone Fisher Mrs. Tate
Conversations with Id Aunt Mae
Dear Wendy Clarabelle
Preaching to the Choir Aunt June
Stephanie Daley Dr. Peterson
Ten, The The Ten Judge Sophia R. Jackson
Toe Tactic, The The Toe Tactic Victoria Hadaway
Compliments of the Serpent Barbara Stanton
It's Kind of a Funny Story The Professor
Inheritance, The The Inheritance Aunt Bee
Somebody's Hero Maureen
Nancy, Please Dr. Bannister
Bama & Fred Bama
Sweet Kandy Bernice Boyd
Collar Fiona Taylor
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Watch Your Mouth Mrs. King
"Chicago Red and Mugger - Part 2"
Chiefs Nellie Cole
Doctor's Story, A A Doctor's Story Mrs. Thornton
He's Fired, She's Hired Serena Cole
Equalizer, The The Equalizer Miriam Blain
Kojak: The Price of Justice Pearl
"The Subject of Sex"
Man Called Hawk, A A Man Called Hawk Mrs. Webster
"Never My Love"
Littlest Victims, The The Littlest Victims Mrs. Munson
As the World Turns Sarah Franklin
Law & Order Judge Gloria Crutcher
"Out of the Half-Light"
Citizen Cohn Second Annie Lee Moss
Daybreak Mrs. Chaney
New York News Evelyn Gates
"New York News"
Law & Order Mrs. Washington
New York Undercover Prof. Cortez
"Old Tyme Religion"
Summer of Ben Tyler, The The Summer of Ben Tyler Rosetta Tyler
Oz Loretta Smith
One Life to Live Judge Barbara Fitzwater
Dellaventura Aretha Jefferson
"Music of the Night"
Mama Flora's Family Pearl (1955-1970)
Sex and the City Madame Lordes
"Oh Come All Ye Faithful"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mrs. Mosley
100 Centre Street Isabelle
Third Watch Sondra Richards
West Wing, The The West Wing Gail Fitzwallace
"Gaza", "NSF Thurmont"
Starter Wife, The The Starter Wife Nana
Army Wives Vivian Burton
"Thank You for Letting Me Share", "Transitions"
30 Rock Novella Nelson
Discography [ edit ]
Arcana A1001, made by Desto Records, NYC, unknown date, "Novella Nelson".
Songs: Mean World; Long Road Home; (Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay; Lilac Wine; Johnny (Guns and Drums); I'm Troubled; Do What You Gotta Do; Cold Water Flat; Porgy; I Wish I Knew How It Would feel To Be Free.
Phil Moore, piano; Richard Davis, bass; Frederick Waits, drums; Warren Smith, percussion; Emmanuel Green and Gene Orloff, violins; Selwart Clarke, viola; Kermit Moore, cello. Information on this LP from Black Shellac, Records for Collectors, Spring City, PA
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