|Birth: ||Mar. 11, 1922|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
|Death: ||Nov. 5, 2002|
Vinnette Carroll, an Emmy award-winning director, actress and playwright who specialized in productions by black writers and composers, died Tuesday in Fort Lauderhill, Fla., of complications from diabetes and heart disease. She was 80. A musical written by Carroll, "Your Arms Too Short To Box With God," appeared on Broadway several times, including a 1982 production starring Patti LaBelle. In 1972, Carroll was the first black woman to direct on Broadway -- a musical called "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" at the Playhouse Theatre. Carroll also was the first black woman to bring gospel music to Broadway -- a 1969 adaptation of Langston Hughes' poetry that became "Trumpets of the Lord." She won an Emmy in 1964 for conception/supervision in a television dramatization of selections by black poets called "Beyond the Blues."
Daughter of Edgar E. Carroll and Florence Morris Carroll.
Carroll left instructions for her body to be cremated and explicitly forbade funeral services or memorials -- but, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, memorial plans are pending.
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
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