Tolbert circa 1975.
November 4, 1949|
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
|Education||North Carolina School of the Arts|
|Known for||Jenny Willis Jefferson – The Jeffersons|
|Spouse(s)||Bob Reid (m. 1979)|
Berlinda Tolbert (born November 4, 1949) is an American film and television actress. Tolbert is best known for her role as Jenny Willis Jefferson, the daughter of Tom and Helen Willis on the CBS sitcom The Jeffersons, which originally aired from 1975 until 1985.
Early life and education
In a 2013 interview, Tolbert stated, "I’ve only had one job in my entire life… professional actress." She got her first film part from Martin Scorsese in the early 1970s, when she was in acting school.
On The Jeffersons, Tolbert played Jenny, the daughter of interracial couple Tom and Helen Willis, friends of George and Louise Jefferson. During the series, Jenny became engaged to Lionel Jefferson, the son of George and Louise; they married and had a daughter. Tolbert played the role of Jenny for the run of the series, from 1975-1985. Tolbert was born just one day after Mike Evans (1949–2006), the original actor who played her boyfriend/husband Lionel. They were also both born in North Carolina. As of December 2016[update], Tolbert, Marla Gibbs, Jay Hammer and Damon Evans (Lionel #2) are the last surviving members of The Jeffersons main cast.
In 1981, Tolbert competed for the CBS team on Battle of the Network Stars. In 1983, Tolbert starred in the Maya Angelou play On A Southern Journey. Following the cancellation of The Jeffersons in 1985, Tolbert appeared in films including Harlem Nights, Goodfellas, and Patriot Games, and television shows including ER, Six Feet Under, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Tolbert appeared in the 2011 indie film Last Ride on the Midwest Pacific.
Tolbert married journalist Bob Reid in 1979.
|2011||Last Ride on the Midwest Pacific||Angeline|
|2004||Strange Fruit||Emma Ayers|
|1994||Dangerous Touch||Sasha Taylor|
|2007||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Barbara||Episode: Leapin' Lizards|
|2005||Six Feet Under||Debra||Episode: Time Flies|
|2004||ER||Nancy Natarelli||Episode: Blood Relations|
|2001||Half & Half||Denise||Episode: The Big Forbidden Fruit Episode|
|2001||Dead Last||Yolanda||Episode: The Problem with Corruption|
|1999||Home Improvement||Noreen||Episode: The Long and Winding Road: Part 1|
|1998||The Army Show||Phyliss Henchy||Two episodes|
|1998||7th Heaven||Ms. Hanover||Episode: It Takes Two, Baby|
|1997||Sabrina, The Teenage Witch||Mrs. Hecht||Episode: The Crucible|
|1993||FBI: The Untold Stories||Mary Smith||Episode: Mary|
|1990||Jake and the Fatman||Episode: Goodbye|
|1990||Gabriel's Fire||Shelly||Episode: To Catch a Con: Part 2|
|1987||Amen||Darlene||Episode: Thelma's Reunion|
|1985||Hotel||Michelle Todd||Episode: Resolutions|
|1984||Airwolf||Lea Logana||Episode: And They Are Us|
|1981-1985||The Love Boat||Lynda Miles / Patty Phelps||Two episodes|
|1981-1984||Fantasy Island||Sandy Hoffman / Linda Bell / Billie Joe||Three episodes|
|1975-1985||The Jeffersons||Jenny Willis Jefferson / Jenny Willis||66 episodes|
|1975||Police Woman||Lily Thomas||Episode: The Chasers'|
|1975||S.W.A.T||Joanne Wyatt||Episode: Death Score'|
|1975||Mannix||Jobina Rogell||Episode: Chance Meeting|
|1975||All in the Family||Jenny Willis||Episode: The Jeffersons Move on Up|
|1974||The Streets of San Francisco||Chris Jackson||Episode: For Good or Evil|
|1974||Sanford and Son||Delores||Episode: Sanford and Niece|
- "Jeffersons' Jenny Has A 'Guardian Angel' She'd Like To Thank - If Possible". Jet. July 21, 1977. pp. 62–63. Retrieved December 16, 2016.
- Louie Robinson (January 1976). "The Jeffersons: A look at life on black America's new 'Striver's Row'". Ebony. p. 115. Retrieved December 16, 2016.
- Deanna Martin-Osuagwu (November 5, 2013). "What ever happened to... Berlinda Tolbert?". Jet. Retrieved December 16, 2016.
- Kathleen Fearn-Banks (August 4, 2009). The A to Z of African-American Television. Scarecrow Press. pp. 205, 220, 440. ISBN 9780810863484. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
- "Battle of the Netowrk Stars XI". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
- "Berlinda Tolbert Stars In Maya Angelou Play". Jet. December 19, 1983. p. 61. Retrieved December 16, 2016.
- "Remembering the Cast of The Jeffersons". BET. January 2015. Retrieved December 16, 2016.
- "Berlinda Tolbert, Los Angeles, Bob Reid, New York". Ebony. March 1986. p. 160. Retrieved December 16, 2016.
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