Rosetta LeNoire (born Rosetta Olive Burton ; August 8, 1911 – March 17, 2002) was an American stage , screen , and television actress , as well as a Broadway producer and casting agent . LeNoire is known to contemporary audiences for her work in television . She had regular roles on the series Gimme a Break! and Amen but she may be best known for her role as Estelle "Mother" Winslow ( Carl's mother) on Family Matters , which ran from 1989-98. In 1999, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts . 
Performers include: Reginald VelJohnson, Jo Marie Payton, Kellie Shanygne Williams, Darius McCrary, Jaleel White, Rosetta LeNoire, Telma Hopkins, Bryton McClure, Shawn Harrison, Jaimee Foxworth, Cherie Johnson, Judyann Elder, and Michelle Thomas, and Orlando Brown.
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