American Actress

Esther Rolle

  • Nov 08, 1920 - Nov 17, 1998 (age 78)
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2004
TV Maid Award
Nomination2004

TV Maid Award

Nominated for "Maude".
TV Land Favorite Made
1998
Esther Rolle
PersonalNovember 1998

Esther Rolle

Esther Rolle passed away.
Down in the Delta
MovieAug 5, 1998

Down in the Delta

Rosa Lynn sends her druggie daughter Loretta and her …
Rosa Lynn sends her druggie daughter Loretta and her children Thomas and Tracy away from the big city to live with their uncle Earl in the ancestral home in rural Mississippi. Earl puts Loretta to work in his restaurant, Just Chicken, while also telling them about the generations of their family, the Sinclairs, dating back to their time in slavery before the the Civil War.
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Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Nomination1998

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a …

Nominated for "Rosewood".
NAACP Image Award
1997
Rosewood
MovieFeb 21, 1997

Rosewood

Ving Rhames stars as Mann, a drifter caught in …
Ving Rhames stars as Mann, a drifter caught in Rosewood, a town filled with racial prejudice. He ends up aiding the surviving African-Americans escape the town, with the help of a humble store owner played by Jon Voight.
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1996
My Fellow Americans
MovieDec 20, 1996

My Fellow Americans

Two former U. S. Presidents, hated rivals, join forces to …
Two former U. S. Presidents, hated rivals, join forces to expose the current, corrupt President at the risk of their lives.
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The RuPaul Show
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TV ShowOct 12, 1996

The RuPaul Show

The RuPaul Show is an American talk/variety show …
The RuPaul Show is an American talk/variety show that premiered on VH1 in 1996. Hosted by the drag performer RuPaul, the show had many famous musical guests and was notable as being one of the first national television programs in the United States hosted by an openly gay host. Michelle Visage, a radio personality and former singer, was the show's co-host.
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Poltergeist: The Legacy
TV ShowApr 21, 1996

Poltergeist: The Legacy

Poltergeist: The Legacy is …
Poltergeist: The Legacy is a Canadian horror television series which ran from 1996 to 1999. The series tells the story of the members of a secret society known as the Legacy and their efforts to protect humankind from occult dangers. Despite bearing the Poltergeist name, there is no real connection between the show and the Poltergeist trilogy aside from the title.
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1995
How to Make an American Quilt
MovieOct 6, 1995

How to Make an American Quilt

Finn is a young graduate …
Finn is a young graduate student finishing her master's thesis and preparing for marriage to her fiance Sam. But thoughts of the end of her free life and a potential summer fling intrude. She travels to her grandmother's home, where, over the making of her wedding gift by a group of quilting friends. Laughter, bickering, love, and advice lead her toward a more open-eyed examination of her life's choices.
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Nobody's Girls: Five Women of the West
MovieMay 10, 1995

Nobody's Girls: Five Women of the W…

Nobody's Girls: Five Women of the West released.
1994
Touched by an Angel
TV ShowSep 21, 1994

Touched by an Angel

Touched by an Angel is an American fantasy drama …
Touched by an Angel is an American fantasy drama television series that premiered on CBS on September 21, 1994, and ran for 211 episodes and nine seasons until its conclusion on April 27, 2003. Created by John Masius and executive produced by Martha Williamson, the series stars Roma Downey, as an angel named Monica, and Della Reese, as her supervisor Tess. Throughout the series, Monica is tasked with bringing guidance and messages from God to various people who are at a crossroads in their lives. From season three onward, they are frequently joined by Andrew (John Dye), the angel of death (who first appeared as a recurring character in season two). The series went into syndication in 1998, and has aired on Ion Television (formerly PAX-TV), Hallmark Channel, CBS Drama, Up, Disney Channel UK, MeTV and Start TV.
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1993
To Dance with the White Dog
MovieDec 5, 1993

To Dance with the White Dog

This is the touching story …
This is the touching story of an elderly widower trying to work through his grief. When Sam Peek's beloved wife, Cora, dies, a white dog suddenly materializes as his new companion and ...
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Message from Nam
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MovieOct 17, 1993

Message from Nam

Journalism Major Paxton Andrews loses the man …
Journalism Major Paxton Andrews loses the man she loves in the Vietnam War. Always having followed the beat of a different drum, she decides to work out her grief by going to Vietnam and ...
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House of Cards
MovieApr 1, 1993

House of Cards

When Ruth Matthews's husband is killed in a fall at an …
When Ruth Matthews's husband is killed in a fall at an archaeological dig, her daughter Sally handles her father's death in a very odd manner. As Sally's condition worsens, Ruth takes her to see Jake, an expert in childhood autism. Jake attempts to bring Sally out of her mental disarray through traditional therapy methods, but Ruth takes a different route. She risks her own sanity by attempting to enter her daughter's mind and make sense of the seemingly bizarre things that Sally does, including building a wondrous house of cards.
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1990
Singer & Sons
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TV ShowJun 9, 1990

Singer & Sons

Singer & Sons is an American sitcom starring Harold …
Singer & Sons is an American sitcom starring Harold Gould and Esther Rolle that was originally broadcast on NBC as a summer replacement series from June 9 to June 27, 1990.
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1989
Age-Old Friends
MovieDec 16, 1989

Age-Old Friends

John Cooper is in a retirement home. There are strict …
John Cooper is in a retirement home. There are strict rules for the residents, but he refuses to fall into passivity. He flirts constantly with Nurse Wilson and spends time with his best ...
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Driving Miss Daisy
MovieDec 11, 1989

Driving Miss Daisy

An elderly Jewish widow living in Atlanta can no longer …
An elderly Jewish widow living in Atlanta can no longer drive. Her son insists she allow him to hire a driver, which in the 1950s meant a black man. She resists any change in her life but, Hoke, the driver is hired by her son. She refuses to allow him to drive her anywhere at first, but Hoke slowly wins her over with his native good graces. The movie is directly taken from a stage play and does show it. It covers over twenty years of the pair's life together as they slowly build a relationship that transcends their differences.
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The Mighty Quinn
MovieFeb 16, 1989

The Mighty Quinn

When police officer Xavier Quinn's childhood friend, …
When police officer Xavier Quinn's childhood friend, Maubee, becomes associated with murder and a briefcase full of ten thousand dollar bills, The Mighty Quinn must clear his name. Or try to catch him, which could be even trickier.
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1987
P.K. and the Kid
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MovieJan 1, 1987

P.K. and the Kid

P.K. runs away from home because her step-father …
P.K. runs away from home because her step-father keeps on harassing her sexually and her mother is ignoring the problem. She hides in the loading space of Kid Kane's pickup, who's on the way to the world championships in arm-pressing. When he discovers her, he wants to send her home at first, but after he knows the story he takes her with him - and gets himself into big trouble: her step-father is behind them furiously, trying to kidnap her and take revenge for the stress he got from her mother.
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Nomination1987

Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resid…

Nominated for "A Raisin In The Sun".
Helen Hayes Awards
1986
American Masters
TV ShowJun 22, 1986

American Masters

American Masters is a PBS television series which …
American Masters is a PBS television series which produces biographies on enduring writers, musicians, visual and performing artists, dramatists, filmmakers, and those who have left an indelible impression on the cultural landscape of the United States. It is produced by WNET in New York City. The show debuted on PBS in 1986.
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1984
Murder, She Wrote
TV ShowSep 30, 1984

Murder, She Wrote

Murder, She Wrote was an American crime drama …
Murder, She Wrote was an American crime drama television series starring Angela Lansbury as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher. The series aired for 12 seasons with 264 episodes from 1984 to 1996 on the CBS network. It was followed by four TV films. Among the most successful and longest-running television shows in history, it averaged more than 30 million viewers per week in its prime (sometimes hitting above 40 million viewers), and was a staple of the CBS Sunday night lineup for a decade. In syndication, the series is still highly successful throughout the world.
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Finder of Lost Loves
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TV ShowSep 22, 1984

Finder of Lost Loves

Cary Maxwell is a private investigator and owner of …
Cary Maxwell is a private investigator and owner of Maxwell Unlimited. MU specializes in helping people find their lost loves. Each week Maxwell, along with Daisy Lloyd and Rita Hargrove, ...
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1982
The New Odd Couple
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TV ShowOct 29, 1982

The New Odd Couple

The New Odd Couple is an American sitcom television …
The New Odd Couple is an American sitcom television series that aired on ABC from 1982 to 1983, and was an updated version of the 1970s television series The Odd Couple. The New Odd Couple was the second attempt to remake a series of one of Neil Simon's plays with a primarily African-American and European-American cast. The first was Barefoot in the Park (which also premiered on September 24, 1970, the same day the original Odd Couple series did).
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American Playhouse
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TV ShowJan 12, 1982

American Playhouse

One of PBS's most distinguished series, mounting superb …
One of PBS's most distinguished series, mounting superb dramas and musicals by the likes of (to name just a few) Eugene O'Neill, John Cheever, Lanford Wilson, Mark Twain, Thornton Wilder, James Baldwin and Stephen Sondheim. Perhaps the most memorable (and controversial) presentation: `Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City,' which won a Peabody Award.
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1981
Darkroom
TV ShowNov 27, 1981

Darkroom

Darkroom is an American television thriller anthology …
Darkroom is an American television thriller anthology series produced by Universal Television which aired on ABC from November 27, 1981 to January 15, 1982. As an anthology horror/thriller series it was similar in style to Rod Serling's Night Gallery. Each 60-minute episode featured two or more stories of varying length with a new story and a new cast, but each of the episode wraparound segments was hosted by James Coburn. Among the performers who appeared on the series were Esther Rolle, Helen Hunt, Claude Akins, Richard Anderson, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Carole Cook, David Carradine, Billy Crystal, Pat Buttram, Brian Dennehy, Lawrence Pressman, Dub Taylor, Rue McClanahan, Lloyd Bochner, Ronny Cox, R. G. Armstrong, and June Lockhart.
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See China and Die
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MovieJan 9, 1981

See China and Die

A maid who reads detective stories finds herself …
A maid who reads detective stories finds herself embroiled in a real life mystery involving her dead boss and a mysterious statue he brought back from China.
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1980
Flamingo Road
TV ShowMay 12, 1980

Flamingo Road

Flamingo Road is an American prime time television soap …
Flamingo Road is an American prime time television soap opera that aired on NBC. It was first seen as a TV movie on May 12, 1980, and as a series on January 6, 1981, after a rebroadcast of the pilot on December 30, 1980. The show was based on a 1942 Robert Wilder novel of the same name and the 1949 movie scripted by Wilder and starring Joan Crawford.
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1979
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
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MovieApr 28, 1979

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Based on writer Maya …
Based on writer Maya Angelou's childhood, this story is about a young girl in the South who is sent to live with her grandmother after her parents divorce.
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Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
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Award1979

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a L…

Won award for "Summer of My German Soldier".
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
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Nomination1979

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a L…

Nominated for "Summer of My German Soldier".
1978
Summer of My German Soldier
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MovieOct 30, 1978

Summer of My German Soldier

A young American girl …
A young American girl meets a German prisoner of war.
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The Incredible Hulk
TV ShowMar 10, 1978

The Incredible Hulk

The Incredible Hulk is an American television series …
The Incredible Hulk is an American television series based on the Marvel Comics character The Hulk. The series aired on the CBS television network and starred Bill Bixby as Dr. David Bruce Banner, Lou Ferrigno as the Hulk, and Jack Colvin as Jack McGee.
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1977
The Love Boat
TV ShowSep 24, 1977

The Love Boat

The Love Boat (simply Love Boat in its final season) is …
The Love Boat (simply Love Boat in its final season) is an American comedy/drama television series set on luxury passenger cruise ship S.S. Pacific Princess, which aired on the ABC television network from 1977 to 1987; in addition, four three-hour long specials aired in 1986, 1987, and 1990. The series revolves around the ship's captain Merrill Stubing (played by Gavin MacLeod) and a handful of its crew, with several passengers—played by various guest star actors for each episode—having romantic and humorous adventures. It was part of ABC's popular Saturday-night lineup of the time, which also included Fantasy Island until that series ended two years earlier in 1984. Its regular port of call was Puerto Vallarta.
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1976
Donny & Marie
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TV ShowJan 23, 1976

Donny & Marie

Donny & Marie is an American variety show that aired on …
Donny & Marie is an American variety show that aired on ABC from January 1976 to January 1979. The show starred brother-and-sister pop duo Donny and Marie Osmond. Donny had first become popular singing in a music group with his brothers, The Osmonds, and Marie was one of the youngest singers to reach No. 1 on the Billboard country music charts (with "Paper Roses", in 1973).
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1974
Good Times
TV ShowFeb 8, 1974

Good Times

Good Times is an American sitcom television series …
Good Times is an American sitcom television series that aired for six seasons on CBS, from February 8, 1974 to August 1, 1979. Created by Eric Monte and Mike Evans and developed by executive producer Norman Lear, it was television's first African American two-parent family sitcom. Good Times is a spin-off of Maude, itself a spin-off of All in the Family.
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Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy
Nomination1974

Best Actress – Television Series Musi…

Nominated for "Good Times".
Golden Globe Award
1973
Cleopatra Jones
MovieJul 13, 1973

Cleopatra Jones

During the 1970s, U.S. Special Agent Cleopatra Jones …
During the 1970s, U.S. Special Agent Cleopatra Jones proves to be an invaluable asset to the local police forces in the war on drugs.
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1972
Maude
TV ShowSep 12, 1972

Maude

Maude is an American sitcom television series that was …
Maude is an American sitcom television series that was originally broadcast on the CBS network from September 12, 1972, until April 22, 1978. Maude stars Beatrice Arthur as Maude Findlay, an outspoken, middle-aged, politically liberal woman living in suburban Tuckahoe, Westchester County, New York, with her fourth husband, household appliance store owner Walter Findlay (Bill Macy). Maude embraces the tenets of women's liberation, always votes for Democratic Party candidates, and advocates for civil rights and racial and gender equality. However, her overbearing and sometimes domineering personality often gets her into trouble when speaking about these issues.
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1968
One Life to Live
TV ShowJul 15, 1968

One Life to Live

One Life to Live (often abbreviated as OLTL) is …
One Life to Live (often abbreviated as OLTL) is an American soap opera broadcast on the ABC television network for more than 43 years, from July 15, 1968, to January 13, 2012, and then on the internet as a web series on Hulu and iTunes via The Online Network from April 29 to August 19, 2013. Created by Agnes Nixon, the series was the first daytime drama to primarily feature ethnically and socioeconomically diverse characters and consistently emphasize social issues. One Life to Live was expanded from 30 minutes to 45 minutes on July 26, 1976, and then to an hour on January 16, 1978.
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1964
Nothing But a Man
MovieSep 19, 1964

Nothing But a Man

Born in Birmingham, Duff Anderson, the father of a …
Born in Birmingham, Duff Anderson, the father of a male toddler, who lives with a nanny, re-locates to a small town to work on the railroad. He meets with and is attracted to Josie much to the chagrin of her preacher father. The marriage does take place nevertheless, both re-locate to live in their own house and he gets a job in a mill. He decides not to bring his son to live with them. Challenges arise when the Mill Foreman finds out that Duff is attempting to unionize the workers, forcing Duff to quit, and look for work elsewhere. Unable to reconcile himself to working on a daily wage of $2.50 picking cotton nor even as a waiter, he gets a job at a garage. He is enraged at a customer for belittling him and Josie, and is let go. Unemployed, unable to support his wife and son, he gets abusive and leaves - perhaps never to return.
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1962
Match Game
TV ShowDec 31, 1962

Match Game

Match Game is an American television panel game …
Match Game is an American television panel game show that premiered on NBC in 1962 and was revived several times over the course of the next three decades. The game featured contestants trying to come up with answers to fill-in-the-blank questions that are often formed as humorous double entendres (beginning in the CBS run), the object being to match answers given by celebrity panelists.
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The Merv Griffin Show
TV ShowOct 1, 1962

The Merv Griffin Show

The Merv Griffin Show is …
The Merv Griffin Show is an American television talk show starring Merv Griffin. The series ran from October 1, 1962 to March 29, 1963 on NBC, May 1965 to August 15, 1969 in first-run syndication, from August 18, 1969 to February 11, 1972 at 11:30 PM ET weeknights on CBS and again in first-run syndication from February 14, 1972 to September 5, 1986.
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1955
Oscar Robinson
Marriage1955

Oscar Robinson

Oscar Robinson is an actor, known for The Creep …
Oscar Robinson is an actor, known for The Creep Behind the Camera (2014) and Confessions of an Elf (2011).
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1920
Esther Rolle
BirthNovember 1920

Esther Rolle

Esther Rolle was born.
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