Marla Gibbs
Actress, singer
Marla Gibbs
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.
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Checking In With Marla Gibbs: A Candid Interview With 'The Jeffersons' and '227' Star
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Marla Gibbs lives by the mantra "it's never too late." After becoming a household name 40 years ago as Florence, the sassy maid on The Jeffersons, Gibbs says that as long as she's still breathing, there will always be something new she'll want to explore. "God works with us through ideas. He gives us the idea. Then we have to have the faith and belief," she says. "We can only do how much we believe we can do. When things happen, all you really have to do is change your mind. When you change your mind, everything around you changes." At 84, she admits to only being 30. She believes that once people start telling their age, they begin seeing themselves in a particular way. Gibbs continues to keep active and didn't allow an aneurysm and a stroke nearly 10 years ago stop her. "Whatever is wrong can be fixed this day and age," she says. She also makes it a priority to never change sizes. With her feisty, trademark whit she shares, "Some people gain weight and say, 'Well, I'm a ...
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Checking In With Marla Gibbs: A Candid Interview With 'The Jeffersons' and '227' Star
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Marla Gibbs lives by the mantra "it's never too late." After becoming a household name 40 years ago as Florence, the sassy maid on The Jeffersons, Gibbs says that as long as she's still breathing, there will always be something new she'll want to explore. "God works with us through ideas. He gives us the idea. Then we have to have the faith and belief," she says. "We can only do how much we believe we can do. When things happen, all you really have to do is change your mind. When you change your mind, everything around you changes." At 84, she admits to only being 30. She believes that once people start telling their age, they begin seeing themselves in a particular way. Gibbs continues to keep active and didn't allow an aneurysm and a stroke nearly 10 years ago stop her. "Whatever is wrong can be fixed this day and age," she says. She also makes it a priority to never change sizes. With her feisty, trademark whit she shares, "Some people gain weight and say, 'Well, I'm a ...
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Checking In With Marla Gibbs: A Candid Interview With 'The Jeffersons' and '227' Star
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Marla Gibbs lives by the mantra "it's never too late." After becoming a household name 40 years ago as Florence, the sassy maid on The Jeffersons, Gibbs says that as long as she's still breathing, there will always be something new she'll want to explore. "God works with us through ideas. He gives us the idea. Then we have to have the faith and belief," she says. "We can only do how much we believe we can do. When things happen, all you really have to do is change your mind. When you change your mind, everything around you changes." At 84, she admits to only being 30. She believes that once people start telling their age, they begin seeing themselves in a particular way. Gibbs continues to keep active and didn't allow an aneurysm and a stroke nearly 10 years ago stop her. "Whatever is wrong can be fixed this day and age," she says. She also makes it a priority to never change sizes. With her feisty, trademark whit she shares, "Some people gain weight and say, 'Well, I'm a ...
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Beth Einhorn on Being the Only Woman Writer for <em>The Tonight Show</em>
Huffington Post - about 3 years
It's well known that late night TV talk shows are a male-dominated field. As Jay Leno hands over The Tonight Show to Jimmy Fallon, I caught up with Beth Einhorn, who was the only female writer on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for three years. Darryle Pollack: You've worked as a Writer/Producer/Director on shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Chris Rock Show, The Man Show, the George Carlin Specials on HBO, Saturday Night Live. Tell me about getting hired as a writer for The Tonight Show. Beth Einhorn: Like other shows I've worked on, it was people I've previously worked with. In this case, two writers at the show, Anthony Caleca and Andy McElfresh, who recommended me and got me in to meet the head writer. Adam Carolla also recommended me which was very nice. The head writer looked at my website and brought me back to meet with Jay, and I was hired. DP: There haven't been many women in that job. BE: Yes, I think in the history of The Tonight Show there have only been six female writ ...
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Weekend best bets: Aug. 17-19
ajc - over 4 years
Writer/director Thomas W. Jones II co-stars with Donna Biscoe in Horizon Theatre’s “Sheddin’,” a sequel to 2009’s “A Cool Drink of Water” that, according to our reviewer, “ventures in highly entertaining new directions.” The production’s final shows are this weekend. Photo: Horizon Theatre Company FRIDAY Film: Charles S. Dutton, Marla Gibbs, Angie Stone and Vivica Fox are among the actors, directors, musicians and celebrities on hand for the Peachtree Village International Film Festival. The festival will be centered at the W Hotel Midtown, but screenings will take place at several locations through Aug. 19. Check website for schedule. Stage: Theater of the Stars presents “The Addams Family,” a musical take on the creepy and kooky family created by cartoonist Charles Addams. It runs through Aug. 19 at the Fox Theatre. Music: The swing revival is still going strong with the cats in Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. The play at 8 p.m. Aug. 17 at Chastain Park Amphitheatre. Stage: The …
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Tyler Perry, 'Madea's Witness Protection' Star And Director, On Fractured Audiences And Why He Was In 'Star Trek'
Moviefone Blog - over 4 years
On average, Tyler Perry's movies have grossed aproximately $23 million domestically ... on opening weekend alone. This average is a number that recent bigger budget films "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer," "Rock of Ages," and "That's My Boy" would have been thrilled with earning -- and Perry manages to succeed at a fraction of the cost. Sure, Perry has a comfort zone. He knows what movies his audience will enjoy -- like this weekend's offering, "Madea's Witness Protection." And he has a comfort zone when it comes to press, granting few interviews and keeping his private life very private. Perry will leave that comfort zone, however, something he seems more and more willing to do -- whether it's directing "For Colored Girls," appearing in J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek," presenting at the Tony Awards or starring in "Alex Cross." On Monday afternoon I met a game Perry in a hotel room on Manhattan's west side to talk about a wide ranging host of topics: From the future of Madea (as long as ...
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Southland Renewed for Season 5 on TNT
Movies Web - almost 5 years
TNT announced today that it has renewed the L.A. police drama Southland for Season 5. Instead of issuing a standard press release announcing the news, TNT president Michael Wright sent out the following message, which recaps some of the memorable moments in Season 4. "I'm proud today to announce that TNT has ordered 10 episodes for a fifth season of Southland, scheduled to begin in February 2013. Season after season, critics and fans alike have championed TNT's Southland as one of television's best dramas. This year, the show has not only solidified its impassioned fan base, but also picked up some new young-adult devotees along the way. In its fourth season, Southland centered its focus on four primary characters played by four outstanding actors: Michael Cudlitz as Officer John Cooper, who bounced back from surgery and an addiction to painkillers only to be put under the microscope of a new partner. Shawn Hatosy as Officer Sammy Bryant, who chose to give up being a ...
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Tyler Perry Is Back In Madea’s Witness Protection
Dr Jay's - almost 5 years
On the heels of Good Deeds, released earlier this year and heralded by several of Tyler Perry fans as his best work to date, Perry will put the fatsuit, glasses, dress, and pearls back on for his latest romp as his most famous character, Madea. This one is quite a bit different from the usual urban-based drama you find in a Madea flick. This one features a suburban twist (which is somewhat reminiscent of Big Momma’s House 2). Here’s the rundown. An elite CFO of a multi-million dollar company is framed as the perpetrator of a large-scale Ponzi scheme. In order to protect himself and his family, the executive enters the witness protection program which sends him to – you guessed it – Madea’s home in Atlanta! Along with the titular matriarch, Tyler Perry will be reprising his roles as Joe, Madea’s brother and Brian, Joe’s son and the family lawyer. The rest of the cast, although highly recognizable, is not nearly as predictable. Including Eugene Levy, Denise Richards, Doris Rob ...
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Teaser Trailer for Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection
Coming Soon - almost 5 years
Lionsgate has released the teaser trailer for Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection , hitting theaters on June 29. Written, directed, produced by and starring Perry, the comedy also stars Eugene Levy, Doris Roberts, Tom Arnold, Denise Richards, Danielle Campbell, Devan Leos, Romeo, John Amos and Marla Gibbs. Levy ("American Pie" franchise) stars as George, a high level CFO at the center of a Ponzi scheme in New York City who is enrolled in the Witness Protection program along with his family in the one place that absolutely no one will think to look for them: Madea's house down South.
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Jewell: Death Row Records' Singer Blows The Lid Off - AllHipHop
Google News - over 5 years
Then one night I was out at Marla&#39;s Memory Lane, a club in Los Angeles owned by Marla Gibbs, and I met Dr. Dre. My homegirl knew him previously from another club called Eve After Dark which was off of Avalon near Compton. She told him that I could sing
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Series Rewind – I Jefferson: episodi 3×10 e 3×11 - Mag-SeriesUsa (Blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Intanto Louise (Isabel Sanford) fa una scommessa con George… George e Louise sorprendono un uomo in cucina. Si scopre che questi è il fidanzato di Florence (Marla Gibbs) e che i due hanno passato la notte insieme
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Series Rewind - I Jefferson - Seconda stagione: episodi 17 e 18: - Mag-SeriesUsa (Blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Ma tutte e due meditano di chiedere scusa all&#39;altra, e face pace. Florence (Marla Gibbs) da qualche tempo ha uno strano comportamento e Louise crede che stia ponderando di suicidarsi. Per questo chiede l&#39;aiuto di Tom, Helen e Lionel
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Series Rewind – I Jefferson – Seconda stagione: Episodi 7 e 8 - Mag-SeriesUsa (Blog)
Google News - over 5 years
E le cose durante la giornata andranno anche peggio. George (Sherman Hemsley) è convinto che la sua impresa non stia guadagnando abbastanza. La preoccupazione diventa incubo quando sia Florence (Marla Gibbs) che Lionel (Mike Evans) gli chiedono denaro
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How Much for an Interior Decorated 1-BR in the Village? - Curbed NY (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
By bigapplediningguide My first guess was 2.3MM but afroman is pretty much right there, so I&#39;ll guess 2.27MM, with respect to Marla Gibbs and Jackee Harry. By guest Ant road and and royal are clearly servers in a bushwick restaurant on break with a
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Marla Gibbs
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 84
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Gibbs co-starred opposite Cole in the TV movie Lily in Winter.
  • 2015
    Age 83
    In 2015, she made a cameo appearance in the episode of Shonda Rhimes' drama series, Scandal.
    More Details Hide Details Gibbs owned a jazz club in South Central L.A. called Marla's Memory Lane Jazz and Supper Club from 1981 to 1999. As a singer, she released a number of albums.
  • 2014
    Age 82
    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.
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  • 2012
    Age 80
    In 2012, Gibbs appeared in the Tyler Perry film Madea's Witness Protection, and in 2014 she starred in the independent film, Grantham & Rose.
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  • 1998
    Age 66
    From 1998 to 2002 she had a recurring role on The Hughleys.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1985
    Age 53
    In 1985, when The Jeffersons was cancelled after 11 seasons, Gibbs was the lead actress in the NBC sitcom, 227.
    More Details Hide Details The series aired until 1990, producing 116 episodes. Two decades later, Gibbs teamed again with former 227 co-star and long-time friend Jackée Harry in The First Family, where Gibbs had a recurring role as Harry's on-screen mother Grandma Eddy. Then, she again worked with Harry in the independent film Forbidden Woman. Gibbs 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.
  • FORTIES
  • 1981
    Age 49
    In 1981 she starred in the short-lived spin-off of The Jeffersons, titled Checking In.
    More Details Hide Details Gibbs responded in a 2015 interview on Broadway Showbiz, when asked if she'd based any of her characters on real-life people: "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."
  • 1975
    Age 43
    In 1975 she was cast as Florence Johnston, the family's maid, in the CBS comedy series The Jeffersons.
    More Details Hide Details For her performance on the series, Gibbs was nominated for an Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series five times, and once for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1955
    Age 23
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Her older sister is the late actress Susie Garrett. Her daughter Angela Gibbs is also an actress who appeared in movies such as Together Brothers, Drumline and Think Like A Man Too.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1949
    Age 17
    She attended Wendell Phillips Academy High School in the Bronzeville neighborhood on Chicago's south side graduating in 1949.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly after high school, Gibbs moved to Detroit, Michigan where she attended Peters Business School. She worked as a reservations agent for United Airlines before relocating with her children from Detroit to Los Angeles. Gibbs got her first acting job in the early 1970s, in the blaxploitation films Sweet Jesus, Preacher Man and Black Belt Jones.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1931
    Born
    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.
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