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Short Info

Net Worth$2 Million
Date Of BirthJune 14, 1931
SpouseJordan Gibbs
MarkPlayed the characters that are either sarcastic or tart-tongued in tone.
FactHer daughter, Angela Elayne Gibbs, along with Marla herself, both worked with Carroll O'Connor on a separate episode of In the Heat of the Night (1988). At that time, her daughter was married to Charles Mills, the series' cinematographer.

Marla Gibbs was born on June 14, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. Her parents were both African American and her father was a doctor. She has two sisters and one brother. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she studied art. After college, she moved to Los Angeles, where she began her career as an actress.

Gibbs is best known for her role as Florence Johnston on the television sitcom The Jeffersons (1975-1985). She also appeared in the films The Color Purple (1985) and Made in America (1993). In addition to her acting career, Gibbs is also a singer and songwriter. She has released two albums, Marla Gibbs (1979) and From the Heart (1983).

Gibbs has been married twice. Her first husband was Stan Cadwallader, with whom she has two children. Her second husband is Leroy Gibbs, with whom she has one child. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

As of 2020, Marla Gibbs’ net worth is $3 million. She earns a salary of $20 thousand per episode of The Jeffersons. In addition to her television work, she has also appeared in several stage productions, including the Broadway musicals Ain’t Misbehavin’ (1978) and Jelly’s Last Jam (1992).

General Info

Full NameMarla Gibbs
Net Worth$2 Million
Date Of BirthJune 14, 1931
ProfessionComedian, Actor, Singer
EducationWendell Phillips Academy High School


SpouseJordan Gibbs
ChildrenAngela Gibbs, Dorian Gibbs, Joseph Gibbs
ParentsOphelia Birdie Bradley, Douglas Bradley
SiblingsSusie Garrett


AwardsNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Support...
MoviesMadea's Witness Protection, The Meteor Man, Grantham & Rose, The Man in 3B, The Brothers, Lost & Found, The Heart Specialist, Afro Ninja: Destiny, Foolish, Stanley's Gig, C'mon Man, Love on Lay-Away, The Visit, Sunnyview
TV ShowsPassions, 227, The Jeffersons, Checking In

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#Marks / Signs
1Portrayed the characters that she played in real-life about her family.
2Natural black hair
3Voluptuous figure
4Played the characters that are either sarcastic or tart-tongued in tone.
5Used the word "Child" in sitcoms.
6Deep sultry voice
7Frequently appearing in African-American sitcoms
8Her acid-dry wit


1If you hold your hand closed nothing can get out, but nothing can get in.
2[In 2016]: If you only stretch one leg, you can't go very far. You've got to take both legs with you.
3[When felt if Sherman Hemsley had stopped calling Franklin Cover names, off-camera]: Sherman [at some point] didn't like calling Tom 'a honky.' He said, 'We'd resolved from that. That was fine, the first 2 or 3 years; but now, we're friends. I don't want to be called him 'a honky.' So, that's not funny anymore to me, and they stopped writing that.
4You know, you can't please all the people all the time.
5[When asked if she played anything of her two actual characters on television]: Yes, Florence was like my Aunt and Grandmother so I lived it. She came easy to me so I'm like Florence in giving smart answers, but I was also shy so I wouldn't have dared to say some of the things Florence said.I prefer to do whatever I can do at the moment. Whoever's hiring me at the moment...that's what I'm supposed to do. My favorite is Drama. I'm doing that now (on Scandal), but also still doing Comedy on Hot in Cleveland.
6[In 2015]: I would describe myself as sensitive, caring and considerate when it comes to other people's feelings, so I can't be like all the sassy characters in real life unless the script calls for it.
7[on being 83]: No, I'm 30. Born in '31. You do the math and don't tell me. I really live that. If I go to the hospital or the doctor - I'm 30. They ask me for my birth date, I put my birth date down. Then they ask me for my age, so I put 30. Because when people tell their age they start seeing themselves as that. I do not see 83 in my life. I don't know what that is. People start saying 'I'm old' and they start acting old and next thing you know they're gone. Or they stop living, they stop dreaming, they stop doing anything. My thing is that it's never too late if you're still breathing. I'm still vertical and I'm still on this side of the grass. And I'm still 30, so there's no excuse. I can do anything I want to do because it's never too late.
8[Who responded in 2015 about another favorite role besides playing Florence Johnston]: I would have to say that was my favorite and '227' was next. We have some fans that favor '227' over 'The Jeffersons,' especially younger people, and some that favor 'The Jeffersons.' But 'The Jeffersons' actually has never stopped running, so now we have a whole new audience. Little children! I was doing 'The Hughleys' and the two children that were my grandchildren on the show, they came running in one day saying 'we saw you, we saw you!' They had seen a re-run of 'The Jeffersons.' I was in a department store and a Caucasian man walked up to me and he said 'my son recognized you.' His son was three-years-old. I said, 'Are you staying up late? What time do you go to bed?' Because we were on at night then. We have people today that say 'I watch you every week.' They're watching 'The Jeffersons' faithfully because they don't like what else is on TV.
9[2012] Everything must change and you do what you can with the changes that are made. You can't stop it. You can't fight it. Everybody tries to go back to yesterday, but you can't go back to yesterday. The only time there is, is now. So you have to stay in the now and you have to not judge so I don't judge it. Somebody's dream is coming true and I applaud them. My dreams came true and they applauded me. So things have changed. They cannot be the way they were.
10[after the death of Sherman Hemsley in 2012] Just working with him is a joy. Only he could do the walk that he does, and only he could bring the humor that he brought.
11[on the death of Sherman Hemsley]: Sherman was one of the most generous co-stars I have ever worked with. He happily set me up so that I could slam him, and I did the same for him. I shall miss him deeply.
12I'd get off from Jefferson's and come right up 6th Street, zoom around the corner, and I'd be sitting at my desk at United Airlines. 'Good Evening, United Airlines, may I help you?' Sometimes people would say, 'your voice sounds familiar.'.... Then I decided that if you only stretch one leg, you can't go very far, you've got to take both legs with you. I decided to give it a shot. And of course, I wasn't sorry.
13[When asked if there was a backstage feud between her and ex-227 (1985) co-star, Jackée Harry]: That was never a feud. That's about people wanting to create controversy. I mean people might play that to a little bit, thinking that's the way you build things. I just never was a fan of that approach.
14[In 1986]: I fell in love with my children as they got older. As they got older, I related to them more and they related to me.
15[on her popularity while playing the fifty-something Mary Jenkins on 227]: What we're coming to is less offensive humor. I call it situation humor rather than written jokes with punchlines of offensive humor. You can't beat life [for providing funny situations]. I'm not a comedian. The more serious I am, the funnier the situation is. If you really deal with truth, you get humor.
16[In 1981]: We blacks have a history of confusing service with servitude, primarily because it was the route we had to take rather than elected to take. So, our mothers, when they had children, would try to encourage them to go to school telling them to learn something so they won't be cleaning, scrubbing somebody's floors and cleaning somebody's house.
17[If she needed to go back to The Jeffersons (1975), just in case if Checking In (1981) was not a ratings winner, fortunately, she did]: I have in my contract that if anything goes wrong, I will be back. I made sure of that.
18[Of Sherman Hemsley]: Well, in real-life he was an introvert and on the show he was an extrovert. He was very shy, really sensitive and spiritual. He did not like to call Franklin [Tom Willis] a honky. He finally asked [the producers] to please take that out. He said, 'We're friends now. Why am I still calling him a honky?' So, they finally took that out.
19[on the cancelation of 227 (1985)]: 227 ended, we did five seasons, of course, you have enough for the reruns and for syndication. We would've gone another season, I think some of the actors were unhappy and I was not able to convince them, and so, I don't think the network would want to keep the show, now that's what I think happened, so, we didn't pick it up.
20[If she and the rest of her 227 (1985) would like to see their own characters differently]: On the show, we like to see done differently, and some we're just fine. But then, it's always something.
21[In 2010]: You can't ad-lib, because the camera needs to know what you're going to say, so that they can be there, you'll be talking and you'll be on-camera.
22[In 1992]: I said, 'Don't let your child see you stealing.' And she said, 'I have enough dignity left to appreciate what you're saying, but I ain't got no food. We ain't got nothing.' I had to stop and think about that.
23[Of her 2006 stroke and aneurysm]: I had a small aneurysm and a stroke as a result of the surgery. Fortunately I can walk and talk and do all those things. God has been really good to me.
24[In 2008]: I never thought I was a great mom. I always worked. I fell in love with my children as they got older. When they were teenagers, I was the mom for the neighborhood. I realize now I should've been holding them. I didn't feel like they needed me. I felt anybody who gave them a bottle or changed their diapers was fine. But as they got older, I related to them more and they related to me. Then I became the mom who baked the cookies.
25[In 1988]: When you're busy doing, you don't have time to talk. You don't have time to say, 'I can't.' You've got to answer the next phone call!
26[In 2009]: That massage was one of the best parts of the trip.
27When I saw people looting. I, like everybody else, said, 'It's like a bunch of mad dogs.'
28[Who said in 2009 about her real-life best friend's/co-star's, Alaina Reed-Hall's ex-husband, Kevin Peter Hall, who guest starred on 227 (1985)]: It was a wonderful segment because we had [guest star] Luther Vandross, who was also a friend of Alaina's, sing; and we had the same minister who performed the actual wedding.
29[on the death of 227 (1985), co-star, Alaina Reed-Hall in 2009]: She was just a wonderful friend. She will be sorely missed; she fought the good fight.
30[on the death of The Jeffersons (1975), series' lead, Isabel Sanford, in 2004]: Isabel was our queen and that's what we called her on the show. She would come in and just light up the room and start telling stories and having everybody in stitches.
31[Of her mother's, Ophelia Kemp's 1967 death]: She lives through me, I mean, if cans can be recycled, why not spirits? She's much more available now than when she was on earth and I couldn't get her on the damn phone. Sometimes I look in the mirror and I see her and start talking to her.
32[Of her father, Bradley Kemp]: He was just wonderful, but it wasn't the same without a mother. I grew up weird-very sensitive and highly inhibited. I felt like I was born in the wrong time zone to the wrong people at the wrong place.
33[Who said blacks must take the initiative in the neighborhood's further development]: When someone else comes in, it's going to be redeveloped for their purposes, not for yours, because it's their money.
34Florence represents the masses and represents what working people feel in subservient roles ... Just because a person is working doesn't make him less of a person. I say what they would like to say to their bosses.
35[Of Regina King]: Regina knows when we're on the set that I'm her mama. If she does something wrong, I'm going to slap her one.
36They stopped issuing unlimited passes to the employees. Now you have to go space available and you get bumped, honey. When I get on a plane these days, I go first class.
37'Put it in the universe,' was her favorite saying, which I say [means] God said if you make one step, He'll make two. Its the same thing. First, you have to put the idea and the thought of what you want in the universe, then you have to act on it and you have to act on it in faith.
38[Of whom she stressed the importance of jazz in the United States]: Jazz, of course, is our heritage. Jazz is a culture, it's not a fad. It's up to us to see to it that it stays alive.
39[on becoming a producer in her own right, prior to becoming an actress]: My role is being part of the decisions made. They feel that I have the focus and that I know what project is. I am part of all the note sessions. But we all have input - not just me.
40[As to how hard it was for black actresses to find meaningful roles in Hollywood, who honestly revealed the kind of roles that she like to play]: The kind of roles I would be playing now would be such as Shirley MacLaine in Terms of Endearment (1983). Challenging reaches and stretches where you come out of one character into another.
41[Of her on- and off-screen chemistry with Sherman Hemsley, who played George Jefferson]: Sherman is hilarious. As a matter of fact, he is so creative, our tipples and our rhythms are so much alike that when he says something, sometimes he would say to me, 'You know, Marla, I forgot my lines.' I said, 'I don't know my lines.' He said, 'Yes, you do!' I said, 'Your mind took a picture of them the first time we did.' So stop saying you don't know it, and I said, 'Anyway, you just say something and when your lips stop moving, I'll answer them.' So, once we come out, I was chewing gum and I'm chewing gum, and I'm looking at him, when he was looking at me, he forgot his lines, so I kept on chewing gum and looking at him and he kept looking at me, and the audience went hysterical. They laughed about 2 minutes, and in that time, he thought of his lines.
42[Of her Florence Johnston character]: Florence was the person who was not going to take no bull from anybody, no matter how little money she made. Just because you don't have a lot of money does not mean you have to let people walk over you.
43[When Norman Lear liked to turned The Jeffersons (1975) stereotype on its ear]: I was a maid, but I wasn't Hattie McDaniel. I was a black maid to a black family. George Jefferson had worked his way out of the ghetto and into New York's East Side, although his prejudices hadn't caught up with him. The last few seasons, we banned all 'honkey' jokes completely.
44[Of Jackée Harry]: She is hysterically funny. As a matter of fact, she would say some things that were so outrageous or she'd do something and she'd have to stop and laugh herself and it would break me up, so we'd have to stop and go again.
45[In 1989]: People come up to me all the time, little kids run up to me and identify me for their parents. I say, 'George Jefferson sent you, right?' If I'm going to my car, they walk me to my car, I always keep autographed pictures to hand out, too.
46[In 1985]: As soon as I finish one thing, there's always something else on the horizon I want to do. I don't have any intention of retiring from anything.
47Nothing is out of our realm, because it has nothing to do with color. As Black people, we're not different from anyone else, other than the exterior.
48When you're the head of the show, you really have to take care of the other actors, and you really have to do what the producers want, what the network wants, and it was fun for me, because I learned a lot getting an opportunity to do those things.


1She is most widely known to be a social butterfly.
2Surrogate grandmother of Ian Alexander, Jr., Regina King's daughter.
3She along with her former 227 (1985) co-star, Jackée Harry, attended the funeral of Natalie Cole on January 11, 2016, when the singer passed away at the end of 2015.
4Lives in Inglewood, California.
5Is a fan of the following shows: Everybody Loves Raymond (1996), Frasier (1993), The Golden Girls (1985) (which starred good friends Bea Arthur and Betty White), Scandal (2012), Hot in Cleveland (2010) and Law & Order (1990).
6Her favorite roles were those of Florence Johnston on The Jeffersons (1975) and Mary Jenkins on 227 (1985).
7Alongside Norman Lloyd, William Daniels, Dick Van Dyke, Ernest Borgnine, Mickey Rooney, Betty White, Angela Lansbury, Charlotte Rae, Adam West, William Shatner, Larry Hagman, Florence Henderson, Shirley Jones and Alan Alda, Gibbs is one of the few actors in Hollywood who lived into their 80s and/or 90s without ever either retiring from acting or having stopped getting work.
8Longtime friend of the late Rosa Parks, who attended her funeral on 2 November 2005. A decade before her death, she attended the ceremony of Honoring Martin Luther King Jr., along with Gibbs, in 1995.
9Longtime friend of the late Ruby Dee. She got to meet Marla at her nightclub, before Marla would watch her at the play.
10Between The Jeffersons (1975), Checking In (1981), and 227 (1985), she had roles on television for 16 consecutive seasons.
11Recently seen as Eve Russell's old Aunt Irma on "Passions" (1998). [August 2004]
12Accepted "Funniest Woman of the Year" at The Commies on Comedy Central. [December 2003]
13She was last seen on Italian TV Show "Meteore" [1999]
14In her younger years, her parents ran a theater in a church.
15Began her show 227 (1985) at age 54.
16Her The Jeffersons (1975) character was originally only supposed to be in 13 episodes, but she proved so popular that she stayed on as a regular.
17Has presented Phylicia Rashad, a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles, California. [17 February 2011].
18Worked with longtime friend, Della Reese, on episodes of both series: 227 (1985) and Touched by an Angel (1994).
19Spent most of her childhood between Chicago and Detroit.
20Was reunited with both ex-227 (1985) co-stars, Hal Williams and Jackée Harry, on an episode of The First Family (2012).
21Met Hal Williams on both episodes of The Jeffersons (1975). Some eight years later, he would co-star with her on 227 (1985), as her husband.
22Attended Northern High School in Detroit, Michigan.
23Before she became a successful actress, she worked as a receptionist in a hotel in Detroit.
24Was one to sign the Hollywood Squares/March of Dimes Celebrity Scrapbook, a collection of more than 100 autographs from top celebrities that was auctioned on eBay to benefit the March of Dimes.
25Attended the 40th Anniversary Reunion of The Waltons (1971).
26Was honored at the Gospel Goes To Hollywood Awards. [22 February 2013].
27Became best friends with Sherman Hemsley from 1975 until his death in 2012.
28Appeared on the front cover of Jet Magazine five times.
29Her daughter, Angela Elayne Gibbs, along with Marla herself, both worked with Carroll O'Connor on a separate episode of In the Heat of the Night (1988). At that time, her daughter was married to Charles Mills, the series' cinematographer.
30Acting mentor and friend of Jackée Harry.
31Is friends with the late Whitman Mayo, who had a recurring role on 227 (1985).
32Was reunited with ex-227 (1985) co-star, Jackée Harry, to have a recurring role in the sitcom The First Family (2012).
33She said in an interview, both she along with her ex-227 (1985) co-star, Jackée Harry, did not feud during production, when it was all about people who wanted to create controversy between the two ladies, hence, Gibbs wasn't a fan of that.
34After the death of her father, she lived with her grandfather.
35Was named after her aunt Margaret.
36Despite being a fan of dance, she cannot participate as a finalist on Dancing with the Stars (2005), due to her broken foot.
37Attended the 80th birthday party of her childhood friend Della Reese on 19 August 2011.
38Was featured on Larry Manetti's talk show on the day of her 80th birthday in 2011, where Manetti told a story all about having lunch with her and Roger E. Mosley.
39Childhood friends of Della Reese and Nichelle Nichols.
40Is a health food enthusiast.
41Like her best friend Charlotte Rae, Gibbs also wanted to be a serious actress, but she eventually wound up being a comedienne.
42Her favorite episode of 227 (1985) was the one where Hal Williams's character was sick and was ringing the bell, and her character was tired of hearing it.
43Her 227 (1985) character was born on June 14, as was Gibbs in real-life.
44Prior to her parents' divorce, her mother moved to Detroit, Michigan, while young Marla stayed with her father and two sisters in Chicago, Illinois.
45Had always adored Betty White's work.
46Grandmother of Amil.
47Is an avid game show watcher.
48Florence Johnston, her character from The Jeffersons (1975), reminded her of both her grandmother and aunt, and the people who were around her.
49Attended the Mafundi Institute in Los Angeles, California, where Roger E. Mosley was her acting coach.
50After her divorce, she moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1973, to become an actress.
51Before she was a successful actress, she worked as a reservations agent on the telephone for United Airlines, from 1963 to 1975.
52Attended the defunct Cortez W. Peters Business School in Chicago, Illinois.
53Was reunited with her ex-227 (1985) co-star, Regina King, on an episode of Southland (2009). Gibbs played an unassuming grandmother who had been used by her granddaughter's typical compassionate charm.
54Was a tomboy in high school.
55Used to be a spokesperson for Accent brand seasoning and Sears Department Stores in the 1980s.
56Enjoys cooking, praying, sewing, reading the Bible, movies, playing tennis, traveling, singing, listening to jazz music, spending time with her family and acting.
57Played the same character, Florence Johnston, on two different series: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990) and House of Payne (2006).
58She got the role of Florence Johnston on The Jeffersons (1975), because her agent wrote a letter to the Hollywood Reporter.
59From an early age, she's been a dog lover.
60Her jazz club closed in 1997.
61Is a Democrat.
62Was inducted into The LaFemme Film Festival as Honorary Board Member in Los Angeles, California. [17 October 2010].
63Was evicted from her grandmother's house, when she was only 18. Her grandmother wouldn't allow her to keep the dog in the house.
64Had surgery for her broken foot in 2010.
65Mary Jenkins, her character from 227 (1985), was based on her Florence Johnston character from The Jeffersons (1975).
66Her 227 (1985) co-star, Jackée Harry, was one of the actresses to visit Alaina Reed-Hall in the hospital, just before her death. Reed played Gibbs's best friend on 227 (1985).
67Made a guest appearance on Wheel of Fortune (1975), where a contestant solved a puzzle on her.
68Her daughter, Angela Elayne Gibbs, was going to work with John Forsythe.
69Jane Wyman was also said to be another one of her idols.
70Her mother, Ophelia Kemp, died in 1967.
71Composed the 227 (1985) theme song, "There's No Place Like Home".
72Because of her busy work schedule, she had never seen a single episode of All in the Family (1971), before being casted on The Jeffersons (1975), which that show spun-off.
73Her favorite scenes on The Jeffersons (1975) were the Aunt Jemima episode where her character's boss asked her to play the proper maid, and the one where Billy Dee Williams's character finds her character and comes back.
74Had briefly left her role on The Jeffersons (1975), during the seventh season to star in the spin-off series that flopped. She returned to The Jeffersons (1975) after her own series got canceled.
75Before she was a successful actress and comedienne, she used to work at a garment company.
76Changed her name from Margaret Bradley to Marla Gibbs, this was because her name was too long. She wanted to go with the ebb and flow of her newly, rechristened name.
77Starred in a Broadway play of 227 (1985), produced by Christine Houston, which led to her starring, producing and writing in the series.
78Before she was a successful actress and comedienne, she did everything from working at a bookbinding company to a mail clerk in the mailroom.
79Was a best friend of the late Alaina Reed-Hall, who co-starred on 227 (1985) with her.
80Was raised near the same city as: Hugh O'Brian, Rock Hudson and Charlton Heston.
81Before 227 (1985) co-star, Regina King, played Gibbs's TV daughter in both the play and the series, she was a childhood television heroine of Gibbs.
82Her parents got divorced when she was only 4.
83With the death of Sherman Hemsley, on July 24, 2012, she and Berlinda Tolbert are the two surviving original cast members of The Jeffersons (1975).
84Suffered a small aneurysm, right at the same time, she had a stroke in 2006.
85Has every episode of Pryor's Place (1984), on videotape. She made a guest-appearance on the show.
86Of German descent by her grandfather.
87Her older sister, Susie Garrett, died in 2002. Her great niece Cherie Johnson co-starred with Garrett in the popular 1980s sitcom, Punky Brewster (1984).
88Her parents, Douglas Bradley was a mechanic and Ophelia Kemp worked at a grocery store, before working in a restaurant and later on, a minister.
89After Norman Lear found out The Jeffersons (1975) was abruptly cancelled, Gibbs was finally free to star in her own series, 227 (1985).
90Didn't start acting until she was 41.
91A movie and musical buff.
92All of her children were born and raised in Detroit, Michigan.
93Remained good friends with Regina King and Jackée Harry, during and after 227 (1985).
94Best known by the public for her role as Florence Johnston on The Jeffersons (1975) and for her starring role as Mary Jenkins on 227 (1985).
95Had a crush on William Marshall.
96Friends with: Shirley Jones, Bea Arthur, Florence Henderson, Betty White, Charlotte Rae, Esther Rolle, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Lange, Della Reese, Nichelle Nichols, Whitman Mayo, Norman Lear, Alaina Reed-Hall, Anna Maria Horsford, Ned Wertimer, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Roger E. Mosley, Billy Dee Williams, Lynn Hamilton, Lee Weaver, Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Roxie Roker, Franklin Cover, Gary Coleman, Mickey Rooney, Lee Weaver, Beverly Garland, Robert Guillaume, Phylicia Rashad, Pat Sajak, Richard Dawson, Dick Clark, Casey Kasem, Ed McMahon, Joan Rivers, Ruby Dee, Maya Angelou, Robert Wagner and Hal Williams.
97As a young girl in the 1940s, she would frequently watch movies. Among her idols were : Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Joan Fontaine, Clark Gable, Tyrone Power and Vivien Leigh.
98The second of three children.
99Her father, Douglas Bradley, passed away in 1947.
100Mother of Angela, Dorian and Joseph.
101Honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
102Married at age 13, she had three children by the time she was 20.
103High school classmate of Sam Cooke.
104Graduated from Wendell Phillips High School in Chicago, Illinois, in 1949.
105Younger sister of Susie Garrett.
106Since leaving TV in 1990, Marla has been operating the Vision Theater Complex (which closed in 1997) and Marla's Memory Lane jazz supper club, both in Los Angeles.
107She used to work for United Airlines, and she continued working there even after she landed a part on The Jeffersons (1975). She did not quit until the show became a hit.




Please Stand By2017completedRose
Adventures of Old Man2016Short completed
The Last Revolutionary2016post-productionMillie
Love Jackedpost-productionRose
Tax SeasonannouncedDeshawn Grandma (rumored)
Second Sight2016TV MovieNana
The Carmichael Show2016TV SeriesFrancis
Childrens Hospital2016TV SeriesFlossie
American Horror Story2015TV SeriesCassie Royale
The Man in 3B2015Ms. Mamie
The Blexicans2015TV SeriesLillian
Hot in Cleveland2015TV SeriesMarcia
Scandal2015TV SeriesRose
Grantham & Rose2014Rose Price
Charlie Murphy's Law2014TV SeriesVera Jenkins
Old Soul2014TV MovieAgnes
Forbidden Woman2013Mrs. Simmons
The First Family2012-2013TV SeriesGrandma Eddy
Mr. Box Office2013TV SeriesFlorence Johnston
Madea's Witness Protection2012Hattie
C'mon Man2012Mrs. Crabtree
Who Killed Soul Glow?2012
Southland2012TV SeriesMs. Miller
House of Payne2011TV SeriesFlorence Johnston
Sunnyview2010ShortMrs. Harris
Devil's Land2009ShortJudge Martha M. Levine
Just Like Family2009ShortMabel Jenkins
Afro Ninja2009VideoAunt Mary
The What Goes Around Short Film 20092009ShortMs. Lacey
Lincoln Heights2008TV SeriesHazel Roberson
The Heart Specialist2006Ms. Overwood
The Ties That Bind2006ShortDelores
Love on Layaway2005VideoNarrator
Cold Case2005TV SeriesGeorgie - 2005
ER2005TV SeriesCherise Barnes
Listen Up2004TV SeriesJackie Widmer
Passions2004TV SeriesAunt Irma
Arli$$2002TV Series
The Rerun Show2002TV SeriesDr. Beamish
The Hughleys1998-2002TV SeriesHattie Mae Hughley
The King of Queens2002TV SeriesNana Louise
Judging Amy2001TV SeriesZella Van Exel
The Brothers2001Mary West
Touched by an Angel2000TV SeriesMillie
Stanley's Gig2000Eleanor Whitney
The Visit2000/ILois Waters
Dawson's Creek1999TV SeriesMrs. Fran Boyd
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1997-1999TV SeriesGrandmother / Old Mother Hubbard
Lost & Found1999/IEnid
Martial Law1999TV SeriesDelores Samuels / Dolores Parker
Border to Border1998Dela
101 Dalmatians: The Series1997-1998TV SeriesDuchess
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air1996TV SeriesFlorence Johnston
Martin1995TV SeriesMiss Minnie
Dream On1995TV SeriesMrs. Perry
Burke's Law1995TV Series
Lily in Winter1994TV MovieMaize Covington
Empty Nest1993TV SeriesJosephine Douglas
In the Heat of the Night1993TV SeriesLilly Baker
The Meteor Man1993Mrs. Reed, Jeff's Mother
A Different World1993TV SeriesPrincipal Shaw
Last Breeze of Summer1991Short
Up Against the Wall1991Louise Bradley
Menu for Murder1990TV MovieMarty Hallard
2271985-1990TV SeriesMary Jenkins
Drug Free Kids: A Parents' Guide1986Video
The Jeffersons1975-1985TV SeriesFlorence Johnston
Pryor's Place1984TV SeriesMiss Stern
The Love Boat1981TV SeriesJanet Dalton
Checking In1981TV SeriesFlorence Johnston
You Can't Take It with You1979TV MovieRheba
Passing Through1977Secretary
Arthur Hailey's the Moneychangers1976TV Mini-SeriesBeth Euphrates
Barney Miller1975TV SeriesMrs. McBee
The Missing Are Deadly1975TV MovieNurse #1
Black Belt Jones1974Bartender (uncredited)
Sweet Jesus, Preacherman1973Beverly Solomon


2271985-1990TV Series creative consultant - 114 episodes


Precious2009/IIperformer: "227 End Credits No Place Like Home"
2271985-1988TV Series performer - 5 episodes


227TV Series story - 4 episodes, 1987 - 1990 teleplay - 1 episode, 1990
The Jeffersons1984TV Series story by - 1 episode


Just Like Family2009Short associate producer
2271985TV Series producer - 1 episode


Amos 'n' Andy: Anatomy of a Controversy1983TV Movie documentary special thanks


Oprah: Where Are They Now?2016TV SeriesHerself
Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul2016TV SeriesHerself
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You2016DocumentaryHerself
Pioneers of Television2013-2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Actors Entertainment2014TV SeriesHerself
Life After2012-2013TV SeriesHerself
EOTM Awards 20132013TV SpecialHerself
Inside Edition2012TV Series documentaryHerself
The Wendy Williams Show2011TV SeriesHerself
The Mo'Nique Show2011TV SeriesHerself
Leimert Park Voices2010DocumentaryHerself
Way Black When2010TV MovieHerself
The 8th Annual TV Land Awards2010TV SpecialHerself - Glee Club
Today2010TV SeriesHerself
The Making of 'Devil's Land'2009Video documentaryHerself
The Florence Henderson Show2009TV SeriesHerself - guest
Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy2009DocumentaryHimself
Hollywood Desperado: Rebel or Royalty2008Video documentaryHerself
Back to the Grind2007TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2007TV SeriesHerself
TV Land Confidential2007TV Series documentaryHerself - Interviewee
In the Cutz2006TV SeriesGuest
The John Kerwin Show2006TV SeriesHerself
Chappelle's Show2006TV SeriesHerself
Living in TV Land2006TV Series documentaryHerself
The Surreal Life2006TV SeriesHerself
The 4th Annual TV Land Awards2006TV SpecialHerself
The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
5 Keys to a Healthy Heart2005Video shortHerself
TV's Greatest Sidekicks2004TV SpecialHerself
227: Stories from the Stoop2004Video documentary shortHerself
BET Comedy Awards2004TV SpecialHerself
SoapTalk2004TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Squares1999-2004TV SeriesHerself
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years2004Video documentaryHerself
The Commies2003TV Special documentaryHerself
CBS at 752003TV Special documentary
I Love the '80s2002TV Series documentaryHerself
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
Weakest Link2001TV SeriesHerself
Truth Behind the Sitcom Scandals 42000TV Movie documentaryHerself
Votes for Women1997Documentary short
The Geraldo Rivera Show1995TV SeriesHerself
Vicki!1993TV SeriesHerself
The Chuck Woolery Show1991TV SeriesHerself
Futures1991TV SeriesHerself
Motown 30: What's Goin' On!1990TV SpecialHerself
The 4th Annual Soul Train Music Awards1990TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The Arsenio Hall Show1989-1990TV SeriesHerself
The 5th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards1990TV SpecialHerself - Host
The More You Know1989TV SeriesHerself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1983-1989TV SeriesHerself
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHerself
Wheel of Fortune1989TV SeriesHerself - Special Guest
The New Hollywood Squares1986-1989TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Panelist
20th NAACP Image Awards1988TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Living the Dream: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.1988TV SpecialHerself
The 9th Annual American Black Achievement Awards1988TV SpecialHerself
Your Alcohol I.Q.1988Video documentary shortHerself
Circus of the Stars #121987TV Special documentaryHerself - Performer
The Wil Shriner Show1987TV SeriesHerself
The Late Show1987TV SeriesHerself - Guest Host
The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Favourite Television Comedy Program
19th Annual NAACP Image Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Fame, Fortune and Romance1986TV SeriesHerself
Hour Magazine1985-1986TV SeriesHerself
Star's Table1986TV SeriesHerself
Super Password1986TV SeriesHerself
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration1986TV Special documentaryHerself
Orange Bowl Parade1985TV SpecialHerself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars1985TV SeriesHerself
The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1985TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Night of 100 Stars II1985TV MovieHerself
The 42nd Annual Golden Globe Awards1985TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
The $10,000 Pyramid1984TV SeriesHerself
The 36th Primetime Emmy Awards1984TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Hot Potato1984TV SeriesHerself
The 5th Annual Black Achievement Awards1984TV SpecialHerself
Star Search1983TV SeriesIntroducer
The 35th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1983TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy, Variety or Music Series
Amos 'n' Andy: Anatomy of a Controversy1983TV Movie documentaryHerself
CBS All American Thanksgiving Day Parade1982TV SpecialAs Herself
The 34th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1982TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series
Family Feud1980-1982TV SeriesHerself
The John Davidson Show1981TV SeriesHerself
Kids Are People, Too1981TV SeriesHerself
The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1981TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series
All-Star Family Feud Special1981TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant

Archive Footage

Everything Is Terrible: The Movie2009VideoHerself
50 Years of Funny Females1995TV Movie documentaryHerself
Basic Instinct1992Florence Johnston in The Jeffersons (uncredited)


Won Awards

2013EOTM AwardEOTM AwardsOutstanding Actress in TV SeriesThe First Family (2012)
2009LA Femme Filmmaker AwardLA Femme International Film FestivalPioneer Award
2000Best Supporting ActressMethod FestFeature FilmThe Visit (2000)
1982Image AwardImage AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Comedy Series or SpecialThe Jeffersons (1975)

Nominated Awards

2006TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsFavorite Made-for-TV MaidThe Jeffersons (1975)
2006Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama SeriesPassions (1999)
2005Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama SeriesPassions (1999)
2004TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsFavorite Made for TV MaidThe Jeffersons (1975)
2002Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsTheatrical - Best Supporting ActressThe Visit (2000)
2001Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureThe Visit (2000)
2001Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesTouched by an Angel (1994)
1996Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesMartin (1992)
1985Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionThe Jeffersons (1975)
1985Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesThe Jeffersons (1975)
1984Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesThe Jeffersons (1975)
1983Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy, Variety or Music SeriesThe Jeffersons (1975)
1982Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Variety or Music SeriesThe Jeffersons (1975)
1981Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Variety or Music SeriesThe Jeffersons (1975)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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