Famed and Beloved Actress Dorothy Carter Dies at the age of 94

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Dorothy Carter, a respected actress with a long and powerful career, has died at the age of 94.  Carter starred in the Broadway adaptation of the novel “Strange Fruit” and also became an educator and author of children’s books.  The esteemed performer died after fighting bladder cancer.

Carter, born in 1918 in Kissimee, Fla., studied drama at Spelman College and later was taught by Stella Adler in New York. She made her Broadway debut in 1945 in Lillian Smith’s adaptation of her novel “Strange Fruit,” an interracial love story.

The show, directed by Jose Ferrer and starring Jane White and Earl Jones, closed after 60 performances but got a positive write-up by then-first lady Eleanor Roosevelt in her syndicated column.

Carter, who was black, became part of the American Negro Theater under the direction of Abe Hill and played Ruth Lawson in its 1946 Broadway production of “Walk Hard.” She also appeared in Lou Peterson’s “Take a Giant Step” in 1953.

Carter also taught at The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and was the first black female professor at the Bank Street College of Education in 1981.  She will be missed, and her legend will live forever.

Read more about Ms. Carter here.