Roker in 1976.
|Born||Roxie Albertha Roker
August 28, 1929
Miami, Florida, U.S.
|Died||December 2, 1995
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Breast Cancer|
|Alma mater||Howard University|
|Occupation||Actress, Television Personality, News Anchor|
|Spouse(s)||Sy Kravitz (1962–1985)|
Roxie Albertha Roker (August 28, 1929 – December 2, 1995) was an American actress, best known for her groundbreaking role as Helen Willis on the sitcom The Jeffersons, half of the first interracial couple to be shown on regular prime time television. She is the mother of musician Lenny Kravitz, the grandmother of actress Zoë Kravitz and the cousin of NBC's Today Show's Al Roker.
Life and career
Roker began her professional career with the Negro Ensemble Company and became a successful stage actress. She won an Obie Award in 1974 and was nominated for a Tony Award for her portrayal of Mattie Williams in The River Niger.
She appeared in guest starring roles on many United States television programs from the 1970s through the 1990s, including "Stone in the River" starring Hal Miller for NBC Punky Brewster, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, A Different World, Murder, She Wrote, The Love Boat, 227, and Beat the Clock. She also had a small role in the television miniseries Roots and in the movie Claudine.
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