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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 28 August 1929Miami, Florida, USA
Date of Death 2 December 1995Los Angeles, California, USA  (breast cancer)
Birth NameRoxie Albertha Roker

Mini Bio (1)

Roxie Roker was born on August 28, 1929 in Miami, Florida, USA as Roxie Albertha Roker. She was an actress, known for The Jeffersons (1975), Claudine (1974) and Amazon Women on the Moon (1987). She was married to Sy Kravitz. She died on December 2, 1995 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

Sy Kravitz (1962 - 1985) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (14)

Mother of rock star Lenny Kravitz
She won an Obie in 1970 for "The River Niger"
When she auditioned for her role in The Jeffersons (1975), the producer mentioned to her that he wasn't sure she looked believable as a African-American woman married to a white man. In response, she produced a family picture with her husband who was white. As a result, she was immediately cast.
A children's advocate, her service included being a board member of the Inter Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect. She earned two citations from the Los Angeles City Council for her work.
She was born in Miami and raised in Brooklyn. Her mother, Bessie (Mitchell), was African-American, from Georgia, and her father, Albert Hubert Roker, was an Afro-Bahamian emigrant, originally from Nassau.
Received her BFA from Howard University and was an active member in the Howard Players. She later became a member of the Negro Ensemble Company in New York.
As wife "Helen Willis" on The Jeffersons (1975), she and white actor Franklin Cover broke barriers by becoming the first Caucasian-African-American married couple on prime-time TV.
Roxie once hosted a local community television show in the late 60s
Was nominated for Broadway's 1974 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for "The River Niger."
Grandmother of Zoë Kravitz who was born to Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet on December 1, 1988.
Was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Cousin of Al Roker.
Son Lenny Kravitz wrote the song "Thinking of You" after her departure. In the video, he was singing behind a photo of the mother, when young.
Studied at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, England.

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