Esther Rolle
Actress
Esther Rolle
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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Dy-No-Mite time coming to Kamloops - Kamloops This Week
Google News - over 5 years
Jimmie Walker (seen here with the late Esther Rolle in a Good Times episode) will bring his standup-comedy act to the Kamloops Convention Centre on Oct. 8. By Staff Writer - Kamloops This Week One day in rehearsal for a new Norman Lear comedy,
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How Esther Rolle Stood Up to Hollywood - Hollywood Reporter
Google News - over 5 years
Summer of my German Soldier was a worthy enough vehicle for Esther Rolle to win an Emmy (for outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or special), but the 1978 NBC telefilm didn't pass muster with The Hollywood Reporter
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John Amos, Star of Roots and Good Times, Coming to FringeNYC - The Morton Report
Google News - over 5 years
Though Amos and co-star Esther Rolle became dissatisfied with Good Times and its increasingly frivolous storylines centered on their TV son JJ, the show, like All in the Family, dealt sensitively with many serious race- and class-related issues during
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"Three Men And Adena" - A.V. Club (satire) (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
(He also played Booker T. Washington in Miles Forman's train-wreck movie version of EL Doctorow's Ragtime, a tribal leader in Roots, and Esther Rolle's ailing suitor on Good Times.) Risley Tucker, the arraber who is the chief suspect in the murder of
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Other famous graves in South Florida - Orlando Sentinel
Google News - over 5 years
Esther Rolle, television actress who starred in the 1970s sitcom "Good Times." Died 1998. Buried in Westview Community Cemetery in Pompano Beach. Hank Rosenstein, an original member of the New York Knicks who played in what is considered the National
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Another challenging role moves Adrian Roberts - Sacramento Bee
Google News - almost 6 years
The production starred Esther Rolle and was directed by Kenny Leon. "That production was one of the best experiences of my life – to meet Brenda (his wife) and to work with Kenny," Roberts said. "… He was the perfect person to come into my life at
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Victory Gardens Presents The Gospel According to James with Andre DeShields - Broadway World
Google News - almost 6 years
... Festival and Knock Me a Kiss at Chicago's Victory Gardens, where other directing credits include Master Harold and the Boys, Home, Dame Lorraine with the late Esther Rolle, and Eden, for which he received a Jeff nomination for best direction
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Who's Going To Star In Quentin Tarantino's Black Western? - Indie Wire (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
But Esther Rolle certainly was a great actress. I'm glad they put that first over her not being fiiiine as hell like Pam Grier. Nowadays, we see a fiiine ass actress with a shlubby actor. These certainly are different times. While I can appreciate some
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Judi Ann Mason, 54; Wrote for Stage and Screen
NYTimes - over 7 years
Judi Ann Mason, whose precocious success as a playwright brought her to network television as one of the first female African-American sitcom writers and one of the youngest television writers of any race or either sex, died on July 8 in Los Angeles. She was 54. The cause was a ruptured aorta, the Writers Guild of America, West, said in a news
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TELEVISION; Deferred Dreams That Resonate Across Decades
NYTimes - about 9 years
IN the shabby living room of a Chicago apartment a frustrated young chauffeur dreams of owning a business and buying pearls for his wife. His fiery sister, a college student, dreams of becoming a doctor. His weary mother dreams of a nice home for them all, and his pregnant wife dreams of just holding on until their poverty eases. That's the family
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DVD; Archie Bunker's Feisty Feminist Flip Side
NYTimes - almost 10 years
FEMINISM first reared its lacquered head on a hit sitcom in 1966. Marlo Thomas, playing ''That Girl'' Ann Marie, proved that an aspiring New York actress with a flip hairdo could live alone and conquer showbiz -- or at least persuade Ethel Merman to come over and cook dinner for her once. Four years later Mary Tyler Moore's budding newswoman, Mary
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Harold Scott, 70, Director Who Broke Racial Barriers
NYTimes - over 10 years
Harold Scott, an actor, producer and director and the first black artistic director of a major American regional theater, died at his home in Newark on July 16. He was 70. He died of natural causes, said Doug Hosney, the production manager at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn, N.J., and a stage manager on many of Mr. Scott's productions. Mr.
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COVER STORY; Breaking Away: A Television Tradition
NYTimes - over 17 years
Mary Tyler Moore did it, despite being the consummate single woman. So did Archie Bunker -- seven times. Even the feuding, oil-rich Ewing clan, so firmly rooted in Dallas, managed to extend its tentacles all the way to the California Coast. All three of these long-running television programs from the 70's and 80's begat successful spinoff series
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SIGNOFF; What's as American as a Sitcom? A Quiz
NYTimes - over 17 years
Situation comedies have been a staple of the American entertainment diet ever since Philo T. Farnsworth invented television in 1927. Following in the footsteps of Felix the Cat, the very first image ever broadcast, scores of sitcom characters have entered our homes. Some were quickly shown the door; others have become crazy old friends. How many do
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Taking the Children; Mother Doesn't Always Know Best
NYTimes - about 18 years
Stepmom Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris, Jena Malone, Liam Aiken Directed by Chris Columbus PG-13 120 minutes ''You do not run out on your mother,'' Luke Harrison (Mr. Harris) sternly tells his 12-year-old daughter, Anna (Ms. Malone). ''No, that's your job,'' Anna yells back. Ah, life with father (divorced and with a much younger lover)
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CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK; Hollywood Hokum Countered by Venom
NYTimes - about 18 years
To a movie critic, the holiday season now ending might be summed up in a single Shakespearean phrase: ''the winter of our discontent.'' Two of the season's finest films, ''Affliction'' and ''A Simple Plan,'' both set in rural small-town America, are draped in snow. Both are bleak, devastating meditations on human frailty, and yes, discontent. The
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FILM REVIEW; The Healing Power of a Delta Family's Roots
NYTimes - about 18 years
What a wonderful world it would be if every American family had older relatives as wise, kind, generous and stern (when necessary) as Rosa Lynn (Mary Alice) and Earl (Al Freeman Jr.), the heroes of Maya Angelou's unabashedly inspirational film ''Down In the Delta.'' Together this sister and brother gently and methodically heal the wounded spirit of
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Esther Rolle, 78, Who Played Feisty Maid and Matriarch
NYTimes - over 18 years
Esther Rolle, a pioneering African-American actress who gained national recognition in the 1970's for her role as Florida Evans on two television shows, first ''Maude'' and then ''Good Times,'' died at a hospital here on Tuesday. She was 78 and lived in Los Angeles. Larry Calhoun, her longtime publicist, said the cause of death had not been
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HOLIDAY MOVIES; A Busy Season Of Cops, Spies And Aliens
NYTimes - over 18 years
KEVIN SPACEY plays a Hollywood casting director and the voice of a manipulative grasshopper. Jon Voight is an obsessed Irish policeman, a high school football coach and a homicidal spy. Bebe Neuwirth turns up as a prostitute and as a high school teacher possessed by aliens. And they say there aren't any good roles for women. When a hundred or so
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Esther Rolle
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1998
    Age 77
    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.
    More Details Hide Details They had no children, but Oscar Robinson had a daughter, Sherley Mae Robinson, (born 1936), by his first marriage.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1979
    Age 58
    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.
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  • 1975
    Age 54
    Rolle released an album of music titled The Garden of My Mind in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details Rolle's first screen appearance is a small, uncredited role in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), and she later appeared in Gordon Parks' The Learning Tree (1969). Her sister, actress Estelle Evans, appeared in both films as well. Esther Rolle appeared early in her career in the 1964 film, Nothing But a Man. After Good Times ended, she appeared in a number of made-for-television movies and films, including Driving Miss Daisy and My Fellow Americans. A memorable role was that of Aunt Sarah in the 1997 film Rosewood.
    Rolle was nominated in 1975 for the Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy Golden Globe Award for her role in Good Times.
    More Details Hide Details Rolle was 19 years older than the actor (John Amos) who played her husband James Evans. The James Evans character was only added after Esther Rolle fought hard for a father figure and husband to be added to the show. Rolle had fought for the father character on the show, more relevant themes and scripts and was unhappy when the success of Jimmie Walker's character, J.J. Evans, took the show in a frivolous direction. John Amos agreed with Rolle about Walker's character and was fired from the show after the third season ended. Later on, in a stand-off with Good Times producer Norman Lear, Rolle also quit when her contract ended. Although the show continued without her for the fifth season, she returned for the show's final season. In 1979 she won an Emmy for her role in Summer of My German Soldier, a made-for-television movie.
  • 1973
    Age 52
    Rolle's most prominent early role was as Miss Maybell in the 1973 Melvin Van Peebles play, Don't Play Us Cheap.
    More Details Hide Details In 1977, Rolle portrayed Lady Macbeth in Orson Welles' Haitian-influenced version at the Henry Street New Federal Theater in Manhattan. Rolle is best known for her television role as Florida Evans, the character she played on two 1970s sitcoms. The character was introduced as Maude Findlay's housekeeper on Maude, and was spun off in the show's second season into Good Times, a show about Florida's family.
  • FORTIES
  • 1962
    Age 41
    Rolle's earliest roles were on the stage; her New York stage debut was in the 1962 play The Blacks.
    More Details Hide Details She was often cast in plays produced by Robert Hooks and the Negro Ensemble Company. She also appeared in productions of The Crucible and Blues for Mr. Charlie.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1960
    Age 39
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1920
    Born
    Born on November 8, 1920.
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