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      Isabel Sanford

      Isabel Sanford

      Highest Rated: 72% Lady Sings the Blues (1972)

      Lowest Rated: 53% Original Gangstas (1996)

      Birthday: Aug 29, 1917

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Beloved the world over for her portrayal of Louise "Weezy" Jefferson on the sitcoms "All in the Family" (CBS, 1971-79) and "The Jeffersons" (CBS, 1975-1985), Isabel Sanford was born in Harlem, New York City in 1917. Though she was the sixth and youngest child born to her parents, none of Sanford's siblings had survived past infancy, giving her an auspicious place in her family. Sanford developed a strong passion for acting from an early age, and pursued her interest despite protestations from her devoutly religious mother, who felt that performing easily led to an immoral lifestyle. Sanford performed with a number of theater troupes and even successfully performed a stand-up comedy act at the Apollo Theater's infamous amateur night, all before making her Broadway debut in "The Amen Corner" in 1965. From there, Sanford was cast in her first film, playing Tillie in "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (1967). After TV producer noticed her performance in the film, Sanford was cast as Louise Jefferson, a part that would define her career. After playing the recurring character on "All in the Family" as well as its successful spin-off "The Jeffersons," Sanford went on to appear in films like the comedy "Love at first Bite" (1979) and the thriller "South Beach" (1993). Sanford passed away on July 9, 2004. She was 86 years old.

      Highest rated movies

      Lady Sings the Blues
      Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
      Love at First Bite
      Hickey & Boggs
      The New Centurions
      Original Gangstas

      Photos

      THE RED, WHITE, AND BLACK, (AKA SOUL SOLDIER), ISABEL SANFORD, 1970 GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER, Katharine Houghton, Isabel Sanford, 1967 LOVE AT FIRST BITE, Isabel Sanford, 1979. (c) American International/.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      53% 48% Original Gangstas Gracie Bookman (Character) $3.3M 1996
      No Score Yet 0% South Beach Mama (Character) - 1992
      70% 55% Love at First Bite Judge R. Thomas (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Man's Whiskers Ella (Character) - 1973
      72% 86% Lady Sings the Blues First Madame (Character) - 1972
      60% 63% The New Centurions Wilma (Character) - 1972
      67% 57% Hickey & Boggs Nyona's Mother (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Soul Soldier Isabel Taylor (Character) - 1970
      71% 85% Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Matilda "Tillie" Binks, Drayton's maid (Character) - 1967

      TV

      Credit
      85% 76% The Simpsons Herself (Guest Voice) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Parkers Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Teen Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Steve Harvey Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cybill Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In the House Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      76% 76% Roseanne Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet 91% The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      86% 85% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jeffersons Louise Jefferson (Character) 1975-1985
      No Score Yet 88% All in the Family Florence Jefferson (Guest Star) 1971-1975 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Grace (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show Mrs. Wilson (Guest Star) 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Daniel Boone Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Lillian (Guest Star) 1968
      No Score Yet 41% Bewitched Aunt Jenny (Guest Star) 1968