Lisa Nicole Carson
Lisa Nicole Carson
|Born:||July 12, 1969|
Brooklyn, New York, USA
|Height:||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
Lisa Nicole Carson (born July 12, 1969) is an African-American actress, best known for her supporting role in Ally McBeal, as well as her role as the flaunty and flirtatious (but loyal) Marti in the 1994 hit romantic drama Jason's Lyric opposite Hip-Hop artist Treach from the group Naughty By Nature, who plays her gangster boyfriend, Alonzo.
Carson was born in Brooklyn, New York and spent her adolescence in Gainesville, Florida, attending F. W. Buchholz High School and graduating in June, 1987. Carson was noted for her talented singing voice, which contributed largely to her placing as a runner-up in the 1986 America's Junior Miss scholarship/talent pageant for the state of Florida. After she graduated high school, she moved back to New York to pursue a career as an actress, where she began her career by appearing in a number of 'After School Specials' and Home Box Office made short films.
After her landmark role in Jason's Lyric, Carson appeared on two critically acclaimed primetime shows, in some cases simultaneously. She had a recurring role on ER from 1996 to 2001, and a supporting role on Ally McBeal as Ally's best friend Renee from 1997 to 2001. Carson received press notice for both roles, and in 2000, she was voted by readers of Black Men magazine as one of "The 10 Sexiest Women of the Year." In 2001, she was fired from roles on both shows, because of her "unpleasant attitude", her mood swings, her drug use, and the frequent amount of times she came into work whilst inebriated.
In 2000, she was arrested for 'interfering with a lawful business establishment' and 'not leaving the premises' after a disorderly conduct incident at a luxury hotel. Shortly after, she was hospitalized in a mental health facility which was reportedly due to a drug-related incident. However, in recent years her family and friends have acknowledged that Carson's aberrant behavior was actually due to her developing schizophrenia.
Little has been known of her life since she made her last on-screen appearance on the series finale of Ally McBeal. Carson has since withdrawn from acting and public life while suffering from schizophrenia. Currently, Carson is being cared for by family and mental health specialists treating her debilitating disease.
She has a small tattoo of a crab on her belly.