New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell announces the death of Carol Sutton at the age of 76, from COVID-19 complications on Thursday, at Touro Infirmary.
“The world may recognize her from her performances in movies and on TV — whether it’s ‘Treme’ or ‘Claws’ or ‘Runaway Jury’ or ‘Queen Sugar’ — but we will always remember her commanding stage presence, her richly portrayed characters, and the warm heart she shared with her fellow cast and crew,” Cantrell said on Twitter.
Sutton steadily built a career in her native hometown of New Orleans on stage and on TV. She began acting in the late sixties in Dashiki Project Theater productions in “The Last Madam,” “A Raisin in the Sun” and “Native Tongues.”
She began her TV career with “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitman” and subsequently went on to act in “In The Heat of the Night” and “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” Her recent roles were in “Scream Queens,” “Treme,” “Lovecraft Country” and “True Detective.” She also acted in a remake of “Roots.”
She had a few good roles in many hit films including “Monster’s Ball,” “Ray” and “The Help.” She essayed the role of a policewoman in “The Pelican Brief” starring Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington and a nurse in “Steel Magnolias” , along with Shirley MacLane, Dolly Parton and Sally Field.
Ava DuVernay, creator of “Queen Sugar” also tweeted condolences and blessings behalf of the Queen Sugar Family.
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