The Jeffersons' Marla Gibbs Reprises Role of Florence in Surprise Live Appearance — Watch Video

TVLine | 5/22/2019 | Kimberly Roots
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If one moment maid The Jeffersons‘ live one-night-only revival, it was Marla Gibbs’ surprise appearance in the role of housekeeper Florence.

Gibbs, 87, was not listed on the cast roster for Live in Front of a Studio Audience, the Jimmy Kimmel-hosted tribute to Norman Lear’s All in the Family and its spinoff The Jeffersons. In fact, One Day at a Time star Justina Machado was supposed to play the part.

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But when Wanda Sykes’ Louise opened the door to interview Florence Johnston, a candidate for the family’s domestic help position, Gibbs was standing there. The 88-year-old actress originated the role in 1975 and played Florence for the series’ entire 11-season run.

Jackée Harry, who played Diane in the live episode and co-starred with...
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