86 (passed away Jul. 9th, 2004)
Aug. 29th, 1917
New York City, New York, USA
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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" (1975) co-star, Sherman Hemsley. She made several commercials for Nick-at-Nite as well when the cable channel premiered "The Jeffersons" (1975).
- Played the same character, Louise 'Weezy' Mills Jefferson, on four different TV series and one film: _Jane Austen's Mafia! (1998)_ (qv), _"The Jeffersons" (1975)_ (qv), _"All in the Family" (1971)_ (qv), _"Roseanne" (1988)_ (qv), and _"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990)_ (qv).
- First African-American woman to win the Emmy award for "Best Actress in a Comedy" for her work on _"The Jeffersons" (1975)_ (qv).
- Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 490-492. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages . Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
- Cast in the recurring role of Louise Jefferson on _"All in the Family" (1971)_ (qv) by series creator 'Norman Lear' (qv) who remembered her from a stage production of "The Amen Corner.".
- Was over twenty years older than her _"The Jeffersons" (1975)_ (qv) co-star 'Sherman Hemsley' (qv) who played her husband on the series.
- Cousin of 'Dorothy Butts' (qv).
- Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was joined at the ceremony by about 300 excited fans, family members and friends, including _"All in the Family" (1971)_ (qv) and _"The Jeffersons" (1975)_ (qv) creator 'Norman Lear' (qv) and 'Marla Gibbs' (qv), who played the Jeffersons' maid Florence. The star is at 7080 Hollywood Blvd.
- The youngest of seven children and the only one to survive infancy.
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