The tv actress Esther Rolle died at the age of 78. Here is all you want to know, and more!
Biography - A Short Wiki
Actress who played J.J.’s mom, Florida Evans, on the series Maude and Good Times. She also appeared in 1998’s Down in the Delta.
She was married to Oscar Robinson from 1955 to 1975.
“I ruffle a lot of feathers. And I’m also selective – that makes you a troublemaker. But so be it. I laid a cornerstone for black actors, and that makes me happy.” (Esther Rolle)
“I’m not so in love with material things that I’ll do anything for money. That allows me the luxury of doing things of value.” (Esther Rolle)
“I’m glad to take on the role of a domestic because many of your black leaders, your educators, your professionals came from domestic parents who made sacrifices to see that their children didn’t go through what they did.” (Esther Rolle)
“I don’t play Hollywood maids, the hee-hee kind of people who are so in love with their madam’s children they have no time for their own.” (Esther Rolle)
“I don’t take roles I can’t respect. If I can’t find a reason to be respectful of the character, I won’t do it because I couldn’t do it justice.” (Esther Rolle)