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Steel Magnolias actress Carol Sutton died at the age of 76 after a month-long battle with COVID-19


Carol Sutton, 76, died Thursday evening in her hometown of New Orleans after a month of battling COVID-19

Carol Sutton, the actress who appeared in Steel Magnolias, Queen Sugar, Ray, Monster & # 39; s Ball and The Pelican Brief, has died after months of battling COVID-19.

Sutton has been hospitalized at Touro Infirmary in her hometown of New Orleans for the past few months while she was being treated for COVID-19. She died Thursday evening at the age of 76.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell confirmed Sutton's death.

"Carol Sutton was practically the Queen's theater of New Orleans after taking the city's stages for decades," the mayor wrote in a statement.

& # 39; The world may recognize her from her appearances in films and on television – be it "Treme" or "Claws" or "Runaway Jury" or "Queen Sugar" – but we will always remember her authoritative stage presence, of her richly portrayed characters and the warm heart she shared with her colleagues and crew in productions such as "4000 Miles" and "A Raisin in the Sun".

"May she rest in God's perfect peace."

Sutton was born in New Orleans in 1933.

She began her acting career in the late 1960s after joining the local Dashiki Project Theater, which endeavored to promote "an accurate representation of the black experience for the black community".

Sutton has appeared in several stage productions in New Orleans, including The Last Madam, Native Tongues, and A Raisin in the Sun.

"Among the actors in New Orleans was Carol Sutton – and everyone else," David Cuthbert, a retired Times Picayune critic, told NOLA.com.

She opened her mouth and the truth came out. Wherever she was on stage, that was the focus. & # 39;

Sutton was recently featured in Ava DuVernay's dramatic series Queen Sugar, which airs on the OWN Channel

Sutton was recently featured in Ava DuVernay's dramatic series Queen Sugar, which airs on the OWN Channel

DuVernay paid tribute to Sutton on Twitter, calling her "outstanding"

DuVernay paid tribute to Sutton on Twitter, calling her "outstanding"

Wendell Pierce, the actor who starred on HBO's The Wire and starred alongside Sutton in Treme, tweeted, "A New Orleans theater and film legend has passed away."

Wendell Pierce, the actor who starred on HBO's The Wire and starred alongside Sutton in Treme, tweeted, "A New Orleans theater and film legend has passed away."

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell confirmed Sutton's death

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell confirmed Sutton's death

Cantrell wrote: "We will always remember her impressive stage presence, her richly portrayed characters, and the warm heart she shared with her colleagues and crew."

Cantrell wrote: "We will always remember her impressive stage presence, her richly portrayed characters, and the warm heart she shared with her colleagues and crew."

In 1974 she made her on-screen debut in The Autobiography by Miss Jane Pittman.

In 1989 she played Nurse Pam in the hit comedy film Steel Magnolias with Sally Field and Dolly Parton.

More recently, she has appeared in episodes of True Detective and Lovecraft Country.

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay, creator of Queen Sugar, which airs on OWN, tweeted, “On behalf of the QUEEN SUGAR family, we celebrate the life of the great Carol Sutton.

& # 39; We were honored to have this seasoned actress from Stage + Screen as Aunt Martha in episode 409, "Stare at the Same Fires", on our show.

& # 39; We bless you. May she stand up and rest in peace and power. & # 39;

Wendell Pierce, the actor who starred on HBO's The Wire and starred alongside Sutton in Treme, tweeted, “A New Orleans theater and film legend has passed away.

Carol Sutton had over 100 film and television credits and a lifelong presence in the theater community.

“She has been a mentor to all of us, and her work by example has built a career on a par with Maggie Smith.

"RIP beloved Carol."