Carol Sutton, whose long acting career spanned stage, film and television, died Thursday in the Touro Infirmary in New Orleans. She was 76 and died of complications from a coronavirus infection, said Tommye Myrick, a friend and local theater director.
“Among the New Orleans actors was Carol Sutton – and there was everyone,” said David Cuthbert, retired critic for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “She opened her mouth and the truth came out. Wherever she was on stage, it was center stage.
Sutton began his career in the local New Orleans theater in productions such as The last lady, native languages, and A raisin in the sun. She appeared on television in 1974 with The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and went on to play roles in films such as Monster’s Ball, Ray, Steel Magnolias and Ugly, and in the television series Tremé, real detective and Lovecraft Country.
Sutton said she never considered leaving her hometown.
“When everyone’s gone, I never wanted to leave New Orleans. I never wanted to go to Los Angeles or New York, ”she told Myrick in an interview in 2019.“ In those places there were hundreds of people trying to do the same things as I wanted to do. If I wanted to go on stage or in a movie, I could do it right here. ”
Born Carol Dickerson, she enrolled at Xavier University, but dropped out to marry Archie Sutton. They eventually divorced.
Sutton received the New Orleans Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
Survivors include a son, Archie Sutton Jr. of Houston; one daughter, Aunya Sutton of New Orleans; one brother, Oris Buckner of Houston; one sister, Adrienne Jopes of Houston; and five grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are pending.