Marla Gibbs

Actress + Singer
Born Jun 14, 1931

Marla Gibbs is an American television and film actress and singer, who in her five decades of television is probably best remembered for playing Louise and George Jefferson's sarcastic maid, Florence Johnston, on The Jeffersons and spinoff Checking In.… Read More

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1931 Birth The younger of a sister, Gibbs was born Margaret Theresa Bradley on June 14, 1931, at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois to Ophelia Birdie (née Kemp) and Douglas Bradley.


1949 18 Years Old She attended Wendell Phillips Academy High School in the Bronzeville neighborhood on Chicago's south side graduating in 1949. … Read More


1955 24 Years Old Gibbs was married to her high school sweetheart Jordan Gibbs from 1955 to 1973; the couple had three children: Angela Gibbs, Dorian Gibbs and Joseph Gibbs. … Read More


1975 44 Years Old In 1975 she was cast as Florence Johnston, the family's maid, in the CBS comedy series The Jeffersons. … Read More


1981 50 Years Old In 1981 she starred in the short-lived spin-off of The Jeffersons, titled Checking In. … Read More
1985 54 Years Old In 1985, when The Jeffersons was cancelled after 11 seasons, Gibbs was the lead actress in the NBC sitcom, 227. … Read More


1998 67 Years Old From 1998 to 2002 she had a recurring role on The Hughleys.
2012 81 Years Old In 2012, Gibbs appeared in the Tyler Perry film Madea's Witness Protection, and in 2014 she starred in the independent film, Grantham & Rose.
2014 83 Years Old On July 31, 2014, Gibbs attended the Leimert Park Village Book Fair in Los Angeles, California to pay tribute to longtime friends Maya Angelou, who died on May 28, and Ruby Dee, who died on June 11.
2015 84 Years Old In 2015, she made a cameo appearance in the episode of Shonda Rhimes' drama series, Scandal. … Read More
2016 85 Years Old On January 11, 2016, Gibbs and former 227 co-star and long-time friend, Jackée Harry, attended the funeral of Grammy Award-winning singer Natalie Cole at the West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles, California. … Read More
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