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Marla Gibbs


Armed with an acid dry wit and a full arsenal of sarcasm and sass, African-American character comedienne Marla Gibbs showed up on 70s TV with a bang in middle age (44). Landing the feisty maid role on the popular ground-breaking CBS comedy, The Jeffersons (1975), eventually led to her very own sitcom, 227 (1985), a decade later and international ... See full bio »
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Known For

The Jeffersons
The Jeffersons Florence Johnston
(1975-1985)
The Meteor Man
The Meteor Man Mrs. Reed, Jeff's Mother
(1993)
The Brothers
The Brothers Mary West
(2001)

Filmography

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 2018 HeadShop (post-production)
Mrs. Keys
 2016 Adventures of Old Man (Short) (completed)
  Tax Season (announced)
Deshawn Grandma (rumored)
 2018 Fly (TV Series) (announced)
G-Ma Davenport
- Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged (2018) ... G-Ma Davenport
- Mi Familia (2018) ... G-Ma Davenport
- Brother's Keeper (2018) ... G-Ma Davenport
- Say Uncle (2018) ... G-Ma Davenport
- Daddy's Girl, Ep.3 (2018) ... G-Ma Davenport
 2017 You Can't Fight Christmas
Beverly Lawrence
 2017 Please Stand By
Rose
 2016-2017 The Carmichael Show (TV Series)
Francis
- Grandma Francis (2017) ... Francis
- The Funeral (2016) ... Francis
 2017 Trial & Error (TV Series)
Mrs. Kratt
- A Hostile Jury (2017) ... Mrs. Kratt
- A Wrench in the Case (2017) ... Mrs. Kratt
 2017 I Love Bekka & Lucy (TV Series)
 2017 Black-ish (TV Series)
Mabel
- I'm a Survivor (2017) ... Mabel
 2017 Teachers (TV Series)
Mrs. Potts
- Snap Judgement (2017) ... Mrs. Potts
 2017 This Is Us (TV Series)
George's Dining Companion
- I Call Marriage (2017) ... George's Dining Companion
 2017 Lemon
Lily
 2017 Jalen Vs. Everybody (TV Movie)
Grammie
 2016 Second Sight (TV Movie)
Nana
 2016 Childrens Hospital (TV Series)
Flossie
- Doctor Beth (2016) ... Flossie
 2015 American Horror Story (TV Series)
Cassie Royale
- She Wants Revenge (2015) ... Cassie Royale
 2015 The Man in 3B
Ms. Mamie
 2015 The Blexicans (TV Series)
Lillian
 2015 Hot in Cleveland (TV Series)
Marcia
- Cleveland Calendar Girls (2015) ... Marcia
 2015 Scandal (TV Series)
Rose
- The Testimony of Diego Muñoz (2015) ... Rose
- Where's the Black Lady? (2015) ... Rose
 2014 Grantham & Rose
Rose Price
 2014 Charlie Murphy's Law (TV Series)
Vera Jenkins
- Reunions (2014) ... Vera Jenkins
 2014 Old Soul (TV Movie)
Agnes
 2013 Forbidden Woman
Mrs. Simmons
 2012-2013 The First Family (TV Series)
Grandma Eddy
- The First Job (2013) ... Grandma Eddy
- The First Veep Down (2013) ... Grandma Eddy
- The First Senior Discount (2013) ... Grandma Eddy
- The First Wedding (2013) ... Grandma Eddy
- The First Date Night (2013) ... Grandma Eddy
 2013 Mr. Box Office (TV Series)
Florence Johnston
- The Golden Apple (2013) ... Florence Johnston
 2012 C'mon Man
Mrs. Crabtree
 2012 Southland (TV Series)
Ms. Miller
- Underwater (2012) ... Ms. Miller
 2011 House of Payne (TV Series)
Florence Johnston
- Curtis Jefferson (2011) ... Florence Johnston
 2010 Sunnyview (Short)
Mrs. Harris
 2009 Devil's Land (Short)
Judge Martha M. Levine
 2009 Just Like Family (Short)
Mabel Jenkins
 2009 Afro Ninja (Video)
Aunt Mary
 2009 The What Goes Around Short Film 2009 (Short)
Ms. Lacey
 2008 Lincoln Heights (TV Series)
Hazel Roberson
- The Day Before Tomorrow (2008) ... Hazel Roberson
 2006 The Heart Specialist
Ms. Overwood
 2006 The Ties That Bind (Short)
Delores
 2005 Love on Layaway (Video)
Narrator
 2005 Cold Case (TV Series)
Georgie - 2005
- Best Friends (2005) ... Georgie - 2005
 2005 ER (TV Series)
Cherise Barnes
- Only Connect (2005) ... Cherise Barnes
 2004 Listen Up (TV Series)
Jackie Widmer
- Thanksgiving (2004) ... Jackie Widmer
 2004 Passions (TV Series)
Aunt Irma
- Episode #1.1260 (2004) ... Aunt Irma
 2002 Arli$$ (TV Series)
 2002 The Rerun Show (TV Series)
Dr. Beamish
 1998-2002 The Hughleys (TV Series)
Hattie Mae Hughley
- How Hattie Got Her Groove Back (2002) ... Hattie Mae Hughley
- Bored of the Rings (2002) ... Hattie Mae Hughley
- One Foot in the Grave-y (2001) ... Hattie Mae Hughley
- Joint Custody (2001) ... Hattie Mae Hughley
- Mother's Day (2001) ... Hattie Mae Hughley
 2002 The King of Queens (TV Series)
Nana Louise
- Patrons Ain't (2002) ... Nana Louise
 2001 Judging Amy (TV Series)
Zella Van Exel
- Between the Wanting and the Getting (2001) ... Zella Van Exel
 2001 The Brothers
Mary West
 2000 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Millie
- The Invitation (2000) ... Millie
 2000 Stanley's Gig
Eleanor Whitney
 2000/I The Visit
Lois Waters
 1999 Dawson's Creek (TV Series)
Mrs. Fran Boyd
- First Encounters of the Close Kind (1999) ... Mrs. Fran Boyd
 1997-1999 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV Series)
Grandmother / Old Mother Hubbard
- Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1999) ... Grandmother (voice)
- Mother Goose (1997) ... Old Mother Hubbard (voice)
 1999/I Lost & Found
Enid
 1999 Foolish
Odetta
 1999 Martial Law (TV Series)
Delores Samuels / Dolores Parker
- Big Trouble (1999) ... Delores Samuels
- Wild Life (1999) ... Dolores Parker
 1998 Border to Border
Dela
 1997-1998 101 Dalmatians: The Series (TV Series)
Duchess
- Every Little Crooked Nanny/Cone Head (1998) ... Duchess (voice)
- Robo-Rolly/Splishing and Splashing (1997) ... Duchess (voice)
- Howl Noon/Easy on the Lies (1997) ... Duchess (voice)
- Double Dog Dare/Mooove It on Over (1997) ... Duchess (voice)
- Citizen Canine (1997) ... Duchess (voice)
 1996 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV Series)
Florence Johnston
- I, Done: Part 2 (1996) ... Florence Johnston
 1995 Martin (TV Series)
Miss Minnie
- Housekeeper from Hell (1995) ... Miss Minnie
 1995 Dream On (TV Series)
Mrs. Perry
- Little Orphan Eddie (1995) ... Mrs. Perry
 1994 Lily in Winter (TV Movie)
Maize Covington
 1993 Empty Nest (TV Series)
Josephine Douglas
- Mother Dearest (1993) ... Josephine Douglas
 1993 In the Heat of the Night (TV Series)
Lilly Baker
- A Baby Called Rocket (1993) ... Lilly Baker
 1993 The Meteor Man
Mrs. Reed, Jeff's Mother
 1993 The Fire Next Time (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1993)
 1993 A Different World (TV Series)
Principal Shaw
- To Whit, with Love (1993) ... Principal Shaw
 1991 Last Breeze of Summer (Short)
Mrs. Peterson
 1991 Up Against the Wall
Louise Bradley
 1990 Menu for Murder (TV Movie)
Marty Hallard
 1985-1990 227 (TV Series)
Mary Jenkins
- No Place Like Home (1990) ... Mary Jenkins
- The Class of '90 (1990) ... Mary Jenkins
- Nightmare on 227 (1990) ... Mary Jenkins
- Gone Fishing (1990) ... Mary Jenkins
- You Gotta Have Art (1990) ... Mary Jenkins
 1975-1985 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
Florence Johnston
- Red Robins (1985) ... Florence Johnston
- Off-Off-Off-Off Broadway (1985) ... Florence Johnston
- The Odd Couple (1985) ... Florence Johnston
- The Truth Hurts (1985) ... Florence Johnston
- And Up We Go (1985) ... Florence Johnston
 1984 Pryor's Place (TV Series)
Miss Stern
- The Showoff (1984) ... Miss Stern
- Sax Education (1984) ... Miss Stern
- Voyage to the Planet of the Dumb (1984) ... Miss Stern
 1981 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Janet Dalton
 1981 Checking In (TV Series)
Florence Johnston
- Florence and the Salesman (1981) ... Florence Johnston
- Whose Side Are You On? (1981) ... Florence Johnston
- Block's Party (1981) ... Florence Johnston
- Boo Who? (1981) ... Florence Johnston
 1979 You Can't Take It with You (TV Movie)
Rheba
 1977 Passing Through
Secretary
 1976 Arthur Hailey's the Moneychangers (TV Mini-Series)
Beth Euphrates
- Part III (1976) ... Beth Euphrates
 1975 Barney Miller (TV Series)
Mrs. McBee
- Vigilante (1975) ... Mrs. McBee
 1975 The Missing Are Deadly (TV Movie)
Nurse #1
 1974 Black Belt Jones
Bartender (uncredited)
 1973 Sweet Jesus, Preacherman
Beverly Solomon
 1968 Yours, Mine and Ours
Movie Patron (uncredited)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (2 credits)
Show Show Writer (2 credits)
Show Show Producer (2 credits)
Show Show Thanks (1 credit)
Show Show Self (96 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (2 credits)

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Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)
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Personal Quote:

[When asked if she played anything of her two actual characters on television]: 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 ... See more »

Trivia:

Longtime friend of the late Ruby Dee. She got to meet Marla at her nightclub, before Marla would watch her at the play. See more »

Trademark:

Deep sultry voice See more »

Star Sign:

Gemini

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