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Rolle, Esther (1920–1998)

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ROLLE, ESTHER (1920–1998). Actress. This native of Pompano Beach, Florida, became an accomplished actress in television and film, best known as Florida Evans, the outspoken maid from the sitcom Maude , and the spin off series Good Times . Before accepting the part, Rolle insisted that Good Times should have a strong father figure and be based around her home and family life, not on her work as a maid. She often clashed with the producers, fighting against racial stereotypes and insisting on more role models and a positive direction for the show. She began acting in stage productions with the Negro Ensemble Company in their productions of The Blacks, The Amen Corner , and A Raisin in the Sun .

Filmography: The Summer of My German Soldier , 1978; I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings , 1979; P. K. and the Kid , 1985; A Raisin in the Sun , 1989; The Mighty Quinn , 1989; Driving Miss Daisy , 1989; Age Old Friends , 1989; The Kid Who Loved Christmas , 1990; House of Cards , 1992; To Dance with the White Dog , 1993; Scarlet , 1994; How to Make an American Quilt , 1995; Rosewood , 1996; My Fellow Americans , 1996; Down in the Delta , 1998.

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