Carter broke into stardom with her stage performance in “Ain’t Misbehavin’”, for which she won the 1978 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She also won a 1982 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for the same role in a televised version of the play.
Other Broadway credits include “Dude” and “Annie”. From 1981 to 1987, Carter starred in the television situation comedy, “Gimme a Break”, for which she earned Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations. Carter died January 23, 2003.