Person Details

Birthday: 1920-11-08 07:04:13

Death: 1998-11-17 07:04:13

Aliases: No known aliases

Gender: Female

Place of birth: Pompano Beach, Florida USA

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Movie Involvements: 22

TV Involvements: 3


Most Famous Work

Biography

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Esther Elizabeth Rolle (November 8, 1920 – November 17, 1998) was a Bahamian American actress. Rolle is best known for her role as Florida Evans, on the CBS television sitcom Maude, for two seasons (1972–1974), and its spin-off series Good Times, for five seasons (1974–77, 1978–79), for which Rolle was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Television Series Musical or Comedy in 1976. 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. Rolle was nominated in 1975 for the Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy Golden Globe Award for her role in Good Times. 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. Among her guest star roles was one on The Incredible Hulk in an episode entitled "Behind the Wheel" where she played a taxicab business owner. 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.

Most Famous Work

Touched by an Angel
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7

Touched by an Angel

(1994) Mary Harding
Murder, She Wrote
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8

Murder, She Wrote

(1984) Margaret
How to Make an American Quilt
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6

How to Make an American Quilt

(1995) Aunt Pauline
Cape Fear
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7

Cape Fear

(1991) Woman Watching Cady Get Out from Under the Car (uncredited)
Driving Miss Daisy
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7

Driving Miss Daisy

(1989) Idella
Promised Land
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7

Promised Land

(1996) Mary Harding
House of Cards
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7

House of Cards

(1993) Adelle
The Mighty Quinn
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6

The Mighty Quinn

(1989) Ubu Pearl

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
1998 Annie Sinclair
1997 Aunt Sarah
1996 Rita
Mary Harding
1995 Aunt Pauline
Clara Brown
1994 N/A
Mary Harding
1993 Neelie
Queenie / Elizabeth McQueen
Adelle
1992 Self
1991 Woman Watching Cady Get Out from Under the Car (uncredited)
1990 N/A
Esther Clayton
1989 Mrs. Baker
Idella
Ubu Pearl
Lena 'Mama' Younger
1986 Narrator
1984 Margaret
1982 Nurse
1981 Momma Sykes
1980 N/A
1979 Momma
1978 Ruth
1977 N/A
1976 N/A
1974 Florida Evans
1973 Mrs. Johnson
Miss Maybell
1972 Florida Evans
1971 Maid
1967 Teacher
1964 Church Woman
1951 N/A
Year Character Movie/Tv

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