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November 8, 1920|
Pompano Beach, Florida, US
|Died||November 17, 1998
Culver City, California, US
|Cause of death||Complications from diabetes|
|Resting place||Westview Community Cemetery|
|Spouse||Oscar Robinson (1955-1960)|
Esther Rolle (November 8, 1920 – November 17, 1998) 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.
Rolle attended Booker T. Washington High School in Miami, Florida and graduated from Blanche Ely High School. She initially studied at Spelman College in Atlanta, but she moved to New York City. She attended Hunter College, The New School for Social Research, and Yale University. She was also a member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority. For many years, Rolle worked in a traditional "day job" in New York City's garment district.
Rolle's earliest roles were on the stage; her New York stage debut was in the 1962 play The Blacks. 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.
Rolle is perhaps best known for her television role as Florida Evans, the character she played on two 1970s sitcoms. The character was initially 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. Rolle was nominated in 1975 for the Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy Golden Globe Award for her role in Good Times.
Rolle fought for more relevant themes and scripts, and was unhappy with the success of Jimmie Walker's character J.J. Evans took the show in what she thought was a frivolous direction. As a result, actor John Amos, who played the role of the father, James Evans, left 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 concluded. Although the series continued without her for the fifth season, she returned for the show's final season.
In the 1990s, Rolle was a surprise guest on RuPaul's VH-1 talk show. Her Maude co-star Bea Arthur was the guest, and Rolle was brought out to surprise Arthur. The two had not seen each other in years, Arthur said, and embraced warmly.
Rolle also appeared in a series of psychic hotline TV commercials in the 1990s. "Tell them Esther sent you," was her trademark line.
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, performs in both films as well. Esther Rolle appears early in her career in the 1964 feature film, Nothing But a Man.
After Good Times, she performed in a number of made-for-television movies and feature films, including Driving Miss Daisy and My Fellow Americans. A memorable role was that of Aunt Sarah in the 1997 film Rosewood.
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. Her last film, Train Ride was released in 2005 despite being filmed in 1998.
Rolle's only marriage ended in divorce, and she had no children.
After residing in Los Angeles, California, Rolle died on November 17, 1998, just nine days after her 78th birthday, in Culver City, California, from complications of diabetes. Her body was flown back to her hometown, Pompano Beach, Florida.
A devout Methodist, Rolle requested her funeral be held at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church and she requested in her will that in leiu of flowers donations be sent to such organizations as The African American Chapter of the American Diabetes Association, The Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida, The Black Academy of Arts and Letters in Dallas, Texas, The Jenesse Center in Los Angeles, Marcus Garvey Elementary, and Junior High School in Los Angeles.
|1964||Nothing But a Man||Church woman|
|1967||Up the Down Staircase||Teacher||Uncredited|
|1971||The Bold Ones: The Senator||Black Woman||Episode: "A Single Blow of a Sword"|
|1972 to 1974||Maude||Florida Evans||29 episodes|
|1973||Cleopatra Jones||Mrs. Johnson|
|1974||Summer of My German Soldier||Ruth|
|1974 to 1979||Good Times||Florida Evans||109 episodes|
|1974||I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings||Momma||Television film|
|1981||Darkroom||Grandmother/Old Woman||Episode: "Needlepoint"|
|1982||Flamingo Road||Julia||3 episodes|
|1983||Fantasy Island||Mama||Episode: "Edward/The Extraordinary Miss Jones"|
|1984||Finder of Lost Loves||Nellie||Episode: "Goodbye, Sara"|
|1985||Murder, She Wrote||Margaret||Episode: "Reflections of the Mind"|
|1987||P.K. and the Kid||Mim|
|1989||The Mighty Quinn||Ubu Pearl|
|1989||Driving Miss Daisy||Idella|
|1993||House of Cards||Adelle|
|1995||How to Make an American Quilt||Aunt Pauline|
|1996||My Fellow Americans||Rita|
|1998||Poltergeist: The Legacy||Grandma Rose||Episode: "La Belle Dame Sans Merci"|
|2000||Train Ride||Dean of students||Released posthumously|
|Down in the Delta|
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