*Actress Marla Gibbs, who rose to fame on the long running TV shows “The Jeffersons” as Florence Johnston and Mary Jenkins on “227″ tells Chris Yandek of CYInterview.com that she and actor Sherman Hemsley, known to millions as George Jefferson, were always discussing new ideas for projects they could work on before his passing earlier this year. Marla talks about the last time they spoke:
“It was about four months before he [Sherman Hemsley] made his transition. We kept up with each other by phone. I called him every few months so and we’d talk and we talked about trying to do another TV show, come up with an idea for one. We never really did. … I sure miss Sherman every time, but of course one thing about TV, you live on forever ‘cause I can look and see Roxie and Franklin and Sherman and Isabel. I can look at the TV and see all of them just as though they were still here. … Because I know that we never die, our spirits just transcends our body; I talk to them sometimes. I’ll think of Roxie and I’ll just talk to her when I’m driving.”
The 81 year old actress who continues to appear in movies, TV shows and live performances says she always had a desire to sing, but she could never get over her shyness:
“Sometimes as we go along in a journey, we discover that what we thought we wanted to do is not what we wanted to do. … I always thought I wanted to sing, which I did do a little of, but because when you’re singing, you’re asking people to take you. I was such a shy person that I was never able to divorce myself from my feelings and singing as I could in acting because I’m not asking you to like me, I’m asking you to like the character. The character has nothing to do with me in my head. Actually, it’s always some facet of you.”
Marla is participating in a one night live performance this Saturday night October 6th in Hollywood, California at the Ford Amphitheatre alongside many other great entertainers. The event is called “Storytales” and it will feature performances of author John Edgar Wideman’s work and is directed by Cedering Fox. Marla talks about her performance for Saturday evening:
“My performance is called “The Witness” and it’s about a lady who’s sitting on her balcony watching another terrible event that happens too often in her neighborhood and I’m so excited to be doing this production with so many actors that I admire.”
You can read highlights and listen to the entire interview with Marla Gibbs as she shares many stories about “The Jeffersons,” “227,” Isabel Sanford, how Florence Johnston meant so much to many and more at Chris Yandek’s CYInterview.com.
You can find more information about the “Storytales” one night performance in Hollywood, California on October 6th and check out the entire cast performing alongside Marla Gibbs at the following link: http://fordtheatres.org/en/events/details/id/382