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Isabel Sanford, ‘Jeffersons’ star, dies - Jul 12, 2004

WOW 86 years old!  I had no idea she was this old.

Actress was 86

Monday, July 12, 2004 Posted: 4:30 PM EDT (2030 GMT)

Isabel Sanford and Sherman Hemsley played Louise (Weezie) and George Jefferson on the long-running sitcom, “The Jeffersons.”

LOS ANGELES, California (AP)—Actress Isabel Sanford, best known as “Weezie,” Louise Jefferson on the television sitcom “The Jeffersons,” died of natural causes, her publicist said Monday. She was 86.

Sanford died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she had been hospitalized since July 4, said Brad Lemack. Her daughter, Pamela Ruff, was at her side, he said.

Her health had waned after undergoing preventive surgery on a neck artery 10 months ago, Lemack said. He did not give a specific cause of death.

Sanford co-starred with Sherman Hemsley from 1975 to 1985 on CBS’ “The Jeffersons,” a spin-off of the popular series “All in the Family,” in which she also appeared.

In 1981, Sanford became the first black woman to receive an Emmy for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on “The Jeffersons.”

“Isabel was our queen and that’s what we called her on the show,” said Marla Gibbs, who played the Jeffersons’ maid Florence Johnston.


Posted by SPN on 07/12 at 04:03 PM in Celebrity

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