Esther Rolle

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Biography

  • Birth Place: Pompano Beach, FL
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 11/08/1920, Scorpio
  • Date of Death: 11/17/1998
  • Profession: Actor
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Esther Rolle Fast Facts:
  • Began her career as a dancer with the Shogola Obola Dance Company.
  • In 1962, made her New York stage debut in an off-Broadway production of Jean Genet's The Blacks.
  • One of the founding members of the Negro Ensemble Company.
  • Breakthrough role came in 1972 when Norman Lear cast her as Florida Evans on the CBS sitcom Maude; her character was so popular that she was soon spun off onto her own show, Good Times, which focused on Evans' family.
  • Was an honorary chairwoman for the President's Committee on the Employment of the Handicapped.
  • Esther Rolle Relationships:
  • Jonathan Rolle - Father
  • Elizabeth Rolle - Mother
  • Estelle Evans - Sister
  • Rosanna Carter - Sister
  • Oscar Robinson - Ex-husband
  • Esther Rolle Awards:
  • 1975 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1979 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Special - Winner
  • College:
  • Attended Hunter College, New York, NY; attended the New School for Social Research, New York, NY; Spelman College, Atlanta, GA (1942)

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