Esther Rolle

Born Nov 8, 1920

Esther Rolle was an American actress. She was perhaps best known for her portrayal of Florida Evans on the CBS television sitcom Maude and its spin-off series Good Times.

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1920 Birth Born on November 8, 1920.


1960 39 Years Old Rolle was a member of Asadata Dafora's dance troupe, Shogolo Oloba (later renamed the Federal Theater African Dance Troupe). She became the troupe’s director in 1960.


1962 41 Years Old Rolle's earliest roles were on the stage; her New York stage debut was in the 1962 play The Blacks. … Read More


1973 52 Years Old Rolle's most prominent early role was as Miss Maybell in the 1973 Melvin Van Peebles play, Don't Play Us Cheap. … Read More
1975 54 Years Old 1 More Event
Rolle was nominated in 1975 for the Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy Golden Globe Award for her role in Good Times. … Read More
1979 58 Years Old She had a major role in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings based on Maya Angelou's memoir of the same name, and has the distinction of having won the first Emmy Award for the category Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie, in 1979, for her work in the television movie Summer of My German Soldier.


1998 77 Years Old 1 More Event
Her last film, Train Ride was released in 2000 despite being filmed in 1998. Rolle's only marriage was to Oscar Robinson. The two were married from 1955 - 1975. … Read More
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