Rosanna Carter

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Rosanna Carter
Born Rosanna Rolle
(1908-09-20)September 20, 1908
Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas
Died 2001 (aged 92)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1974–1997
Television Good Times
Tales from the Darkside
Law & Order
The Cosby Show
Spouse(s) John Carter
Parent(s) Jonathan Rolle (1883–1953)
Elizabeth Iris Dames (1893–1981)
Relatives Estelle Evans
Esther Rolle (sisters)
Awards 1977 - AUDELCO Award Best Supporting Actress in a Play - (Unfinished Women)

Rosanna Rolle Carter (September 20, 1908 – 2001) was an American television, stage and film actress, of Bahamian heritage, and the sister of Esther Rolle and Estelle Evans.[1] 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 television's Tales from the Darkside. In 1992, she guest starred as Rosanna on television's The Cosby Show. Also, she guest starred on the television show I'll Fly Away in 1993. Her last guest star appearance was on television's Law & Order in 1997 as Mrs. Hemmerick in the season eight première. She appeared on Law & Order twice before; first in 1990 as Mrs. Jackson and a small extra role 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]




  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]

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