Nell Carter -- (9/13/1948-1/23/2003). American Actress, Singer & Game Show Panelist. She portrayed Nell Harper on TV Series "Gimme a Break!.", Sergeant Hildy Jones on "The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo" , P.J. Moore on "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper". Movies -- "Modern Problems" as Dorita, "The Grass Harp" as Catherine Creek, "The Proprietor" as Millie Jackson and "Fakin' da Funk" as Claire. She died at her home from Heart Disease complicated by Diabetes, age 54. Born: Nell Ruth Hardy.