Esther Rolle Biography

Esther Rolle was a well known American actress for the fabulous character as Florida Evans in a sitcom Maude which was on aired on CBS television. She was born as a tenth child out of eighteen to Elizabeth Rolle and Jonathan Rolle. Her parents were immigrants of Bahamian. She was born in Florida, United States of America on November 08, 1920.

She went to Miami for early schooling in Booker T. Washington High School; she got admitted to Blanche Ely High School for graduation. Later she went Spelman College, Atlanta then moved to New York and joined Hunter College and Yale University for Social Research. She was an active member of Asadata Dafora’s dance company and later became a director in 1960. Apart from this, she worked on stage as well; her first debut was in 1962 named ‘The Blacks’. Mostly she performed in Robert Hooks’ Plays. Her most prominent play was ‘Don’t Play us Cheap’ in 1973 as Miss Maybell. She also released a music album ‘The Garden of My Mind’ in 1975.

Rolle was an efficient member of television and had produced quality work; she was nominated for Golden Globe Award for the Best Actress in a Comedy and Musical in 1975 for her role in ‘Good Times’. In 1979, she achieved the Emmy Award for her role in ‘Summer of My German Soldier’ which was a TV film released in 2000. Apart from this, she appeared in many commercials and live talk shows. Her last film was ‘Train Ride’. In her personal life, she married to Oscar Robinson in 1955 but divorced in 1960. She had no child. She died in 1998 due to diabetes.

Esther Rolle Biography

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Esther Rolle Biography