Marla Gibbs is a well-known and well-respected actress, comedian, singer, writer, and producer. Her career has spanned for five decades. She warmed the hearts and brought laughter to many homes when she appeared on The Jeffersons in the 1970s as their sass talking maid.
Check out these other inspiring and fascinating facts about Marla Gibbs:
1. Marla Gibbs is a native of Chicago and was born in 1931. She got married at the age of 13, and was a single mom before entering the entertainment business.
2. After high school, she attended Peters Business School. Gibbs worked as a receptionist and switchboard operator in the Detroit area. Later, she found employment with United Airlines.
3. She went on to appear in a number of local productions, including “Medea,” “The Amen Corner,” and “The Gingerbread Lady.”
4. After only a couple of minor film parts, including the blaxploitation film Black Belt Jones, Gibbs nabbed the role of Florence Johnston on the television sitcom The Jeffersons.
5. An eight-time NAACP Image Award winner, Marla has received several honors over the years, including Essence Woman of the Year.
6. When The Jeffersons was cancelled in 1985, after 11 seasons, Gibbs was the lead actress in the NBC sitcom, 227. The series aired until 1990, producing 116 episodes.
7. Gibbs’s voice has been heard on the animated TV show, 101 Dalmatians: The Series.
8. In addition to acting, sang the theme song to the 2000 film Stanley’s Gig.
9. She has had a number of supporting film roles, and guest starred on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Touched by an Angel (with longtime friend Della Reese), Judging Amy, ER, and Southland. Gibbs also appeared in the Tyler Perry film Madea’s Witness Protection.
10. She is an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
11. Gibbs owned a jazz club in South Central Los Angeles called Marla’s Memory Lane Jazz and Supper Club from 1981 to 1999. As a singer, she released a number of albums