Actress Marla Gibbs Told Lenny Kravitz About His Career Success


“The Jeffersons” and “227” star Marla Gibbs visits “The Jennifer Hudson Show” airing Monday, June 10. Marla tells Jennifer how she met the late Norman Lear and reacts to her ‘Florence’ costume being at a museum. Then, the actress reveals what attracted her to work on her new movie.
Marla then tells Jennifer how her son grew up with Lenny Kravitz. Then the actress reminisces about playing tennis with Lenny’s mother, Roxie Roker.
Marla Gibbs is a renowned American actress, comedian, and singer, best known for her role as Florence Johnston on the television show “The Jeffersons.” Here are some fun facts about her: Marla Gibbs began her acting career relatively late, landing her breakthrough role on “The Jeffersons” at the age of 44.

Before achieving fame in Hollywood, Gibbs worked as a reservations agent for United Airlines. Besides acting, Gibbs is also a singer. She released a jazz album titled “It’s Never Too Late” in 2006. Marla Gibbs founded her own production company, Marla Gibbs Productions, which produced several stage plays and television shows.

Her portrayal of Florence Johnston on “The Jeffersons” was so popular that it led to a short-lived spin-off show, “Checking In,” in 1981.Gibbs owned a jazz club in South Central Los Angeles called Marla’s Memory Lane Jazz and Supper Club, which became a popular spot in the community.

Over her career, Gibbs has received several awards, including five Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on “The Jeffersons.” Gibbs has been involved in various charitable activities and community service, advocating for arts education and youth programs.

At 90+ years old, Gibbs continues to be active in the entertainment industry, appearing in recent television shows and movies. In 2021, Marla Gibbs received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, recognizing her contributions to the entertainment industry. See more photos and video clip inside…

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