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Isabel Sanford (1917–2004)

Isabel Sanford was a Broadway actress for over thirty years before moving to Hollywood. She made numerous guest appearances on TV, including a stint as a supporting cast member on The Carol Burnett Show (1967). Until her passing, Isabel continued to act frequently, most recently in a series of commercials for Old Navy stores with The Jeffersons (... See full bio »

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Nominated for 5 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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The Jeffersons
The Jeffersons Louise Jefferson
Lady Sings the Blues
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 2002 The Young and the Restless (TV Series)
 2001 The Parkers (TV Series)
Evelyn 'Nana' Smith
 2000 Click Three Times (Short)
 1999 Jackie's Back! (TV Movie)
Miss Krumes (Jackie's Play Mama)
 1998 Pepper Ann (TV Series)
 1998 Mafia!
Mrs. Louise Jefferson (uncredited)
 1997 Teen Angel (TV Series)
 1997 Sprung
Sista #1
 1996 The Steve Harvey Show (TV Series)
Mother Hightower
 1995-1996 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV Series)
Louise Jefferson
 1996 Original Gangstas
Gracie Bookman
 1995 In the House (TV Series)
 1994 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
Margaret Duffy
 1994 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (TV Series)
 1993 Living Single (TV Series)
Mrs. Ryan
 1993 South Beach
 1993 Dream On (TV Series)
Judge Isabel Kohner
 1988 A Pup Named Scooby-Doo (TV Series)
Shirley McLoon
 1987 Isabel's Honeymoon Hotel (TV Series)
Isabel Scott
 1986 The New Mike Hammer (TV Series)
Hot Mama Vibes
 1986 You Are the Jury (TV Series)
Judge Elizabeth Robbins
 1986 Crazy Like a Fox (TV Series)
 1975-1985 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
Louise Jefferson
 1980-1983 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Tanya Evans / Tanya, Isaac's Aunt
 1981 Steigler and Steigler
Dottie Butz
 1979 Love at First Bite
Judge R. Thomas
 1971-1979 All in the Family (TV Series)
Louise Jefferson
 1979 Supertrain (TV Series)
 1978 Vega$ (TV Series)
 1974 The Photographer
Mrs. Slade
 1974 Kojak (TV Series)
 1973 The New Temperatures Rising Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Noland
 1973 The Fuzz Brothers (TV Movie)
 1972 Up the Sandbox
 1972 Pete 'n' Tillie
Maid (uncredited)
 1971-1972 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Mother of the Bride (segment "Love and the Perfect Wedding") / Mrs. Jones (segment "Love and the Baby")
 1972 Lady Sings the Blues
The Madame
 1972 Wait Till Your Father Gets Home (TV Series)
 1972 Hickey & Boggs
Nyona's Mother
 1972 The New Centurions
 1972 Every Little Crook and Nanny
Prospective Nanny #1 (uncredited)
 1972 Stand Up and Be Counted
Beverly (uncredited)
 1972 The Great Man's Whiskers (TV Movie)
 1972 Mary Tyler Moore (TV Series)
Mrs. Wilson
 1971 The Interns (TV Series)
Dr. Hearn
 1970-1971 The Bill Cosby Show (TV Series)
Aunt Bertha
 1970 The Red, White, and Black
Isabel Taylor
 1970 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
 1969 The Comic
Woman in Detergent Commercial (as Isabell Sanford)
 1968-1969 The Carol Burnett Show (TV Series)
Beulah, a King Sister / Minerva / Herself / ...
 1969 Pendulum
 1968 Mod Squad (TV Series)
 1968 Bewitched (TV Series)
Aunt Jenny
 1968 The Young Runaways
 1967 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Tillie (as Isabell Sanford)
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Other Works:

TV commercial for Denny's Diner (2001). See more »

Publicity Listings:

10 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Isabell Sanford


5' 3" (1.6 m)

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Personal Quote:

On the only child who was born on August 29, after Josephine's other children had passed away, she said: I was the only child born to Josephine Perry that survived. Mama had six other children before me and all had passed very quickly and very young, all succumbing to a combination of illness and disease and the lack of strength to fight off both. As for me, I was both strong and healthy, and, if... See more »


Joined the American Negro Theatre in Harlem following her graduation from high school. Also was a member of the theatre company The Star Players down the road. See more »

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