Novella Nelson

Novella Nelson
Born (1939-12-17) December 17, 1939
Brooklyn, New York United States
Years active 1978-present

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.[1] She established her career as a singer, both on the off-Broadway and Broadway stage[2] and in cabaret-style locales.[3] Starting in 1961, Nelson had a decades-long stage career, performing, directing and producing, primarily in New York.[1]She was a featured performer on Broadway in 1970 in the musical, Purlie. In 1975, Nelson directed the play La Femme Noire at The Public Theater.[4] Her film career began at age 39 with a small part in 1977's An Unmarried Woman, and continued for the next several decades with roles in movies and television.[5]


Year Film Role
1978 An Unmarried Woman Jean Starret
1979 The Seduction of Joe Tynan Carla Willis
1984 The Cotton Club Madame St. Clair
1984 The Flamingo Kid Lizzy the Housekeeper
1987 Orphans Mattie
1990 Privilege Yvonne Washington
1990 The Bonfire of the Vanities Media Jackal
1991 Strictly Business Olivia
1993 Weekend at Bernie's II Mobu
1994 Dead Funny Frances
1995 The Keeper Mrs. Lemont, Mother
1996 Girl 6 Angela's Aunt
1997 The Devil's Advocate Botanica Woman
1998 A Perfect Murder Ambassador Alice Wills
2002 Antwone Fisher Mrs. Tate
2003 The West Wing episode "Gaza" Gail Fitzwallace
2003 The West Wing episode "N.S.F. Thurmont" Gail Fitzwallace
2004 Birth Lee
2005 Dear Wendy Clarabelle
2005 "Preaching To The Choir" Ruth
2007 The Ten Judge Sophia R. Jackson
2007 August Rush Social Worker
2010 Night Catches Us Eloise Johnson
2010 30 Rock episode "The Moms" Herself
2010 It's Kind of a Funny Story The Professor



  1. 1 2 "Novella Nelson Biography". Film Reference. Advameg, Inc. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  2. THEATER; 'Electra' With a Different Dimension - New York Times
  3. Cabaret - Novella Nelson - Nytimes.Com
  4. Bailey, Peter A. (Apr 1975). "Annual Round-up, Black Theater in America". Black World/Negro Digest. Johnson Publishing Co. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  5. Novella Nelson - IMDb
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