Esther Rolle Net Worth

Esther Rolle Net Worth is
$3 Million

Esther Rolle Biography

Esther Rolle net worthy of: Esther Rolle was an American celebrity who had a net well worth of $3 million. Esther Rolle was created in Pompano Seaside, Florida in November 1920 and passed on in November 1998. and a child, The Mighty Quinn, Traveling Miss Daisy, Cape Dread, House of Cards, Steps to make an American Quilt, My Fellow People in america, Rosewood, Straight down in the Delta, and Teach Ride. and a child, The Mighty Quinn, Generating Miss Daisy, Cape Dread, House of Cards, Steps to make an American Quilt, My Fellow Us citizens, Rosewood, Straight down in the Delta, and Teach Trip.K. She starred as Florida Evans in the tv screen series Maude from 1972 to 1974 and in addition starred as Florida Evans in it series MEMORIES from 1974 to 1979. In 1979 she earned a Primetime Emmy Award for Excellent Supporting Celebrity in a restricted Series or a particular for Summertime of My German Soldier. She was also nominated for a

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Quick Facts

Full NameEsther Rolle
Net Worth$3 Million
DiedNovember 17, 1998, Culver City, California, United States
EducationSpelman College, The New School, Blanche Ely High School, Hunter College, Yale University
SpouseOscar Robinson
ParentsJonathan Rolle, Elizabeth Rolle
SiblingsEstelle Evans, Rosanna Carter, Isiah Cornelius Rolle, Zilpha Sawyer
AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production, TV Land Favorite Made for TV Maid Award
MoviesDriving Miss Daisy, Down in the Delta, Summer of My German Soldier, Rosewood, Cleopatra Jones, The Mighty Quinn, My Fellow Americans, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Don't Play Us Cheap, See China and Die, House of Cards, Ethnic Notions, Train Ride, A Raisin in the Sun, Age Old Friends, To Dance with the White Dog, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
TV ShowsGood Times, Maude, Scarlett, Singer & Sons

Interesting Facts

1 On the day when she died, her publicist, Larry Calhoun, was going through her fan mail, and there was a request from a fledging Black Theater Company in Los Angeles, California.
2 She was a member of the Negro Ensemble Company.
3 Her mother, Elizabeth Iris Rolle, died in 1981. She lived to be 88.
4 Esther Rolle passed away on November 17, 1998. 1 year after her death, the film Train Ride (2000) was dedicated to her.
5 Was named after her mother.
6 In her final interview, she said on the day of her 78th birthday, that she was glad, very happy; for some reason, when she was younger. Rolle never thought she'd lived to be 50. She lived to be age 78.
7 When she was hospitalized at Brotman Memorial Hospital in Culver City, California, she was hooked up to a kidney dialysis machine for 2 months.
8 Esther Rolle passed away on November 17, 1998, just 9 days after she celebrated her 78th and final birthday.
9 Just before her death, her ex-Good Times (1974) co-star, BernNadette Stanis, attended her acting mentor's 78th birthday party, during an Awards Gala in North Hollywood, California.
10 A gospel singer, she had a 1-hit wonder, "I Can Feel Him Moving," on her Christian album, "The Garden of My Mind.".
11 Became the first woman to receive the NAACP Chairman's Civil Rights Leadership Award for helping raise the image of blacks.
12 Created the character of Florida Evans on Maude (1972) and its spin-off show, Good Times (1974).
13 When Rolle received the lead role of Florida Evans on Good Times (1974), she insisted that the family be headed by a male figure.
14 Didn't have a successful acting career until she was 51; when she had a recurring role on Maude (1972). Since her character proved to be so popular, producer Norman Lear decided to have her in her own sitcom, starring on Good Times (1974), which Maude (1972) spun-off.
15 Was a heavy smoker.
16 Her character's last name on Maude (1972) and Good Times (1974), is also the same last name of one of her real-life sisters.
17 Her father, Jonathan Rolle, was a farmer, and her mother, Elizabeth Iris Rolle, was a housewife.
18 Before she was a successful actress, she was a member of Asadata Dafora's dance troupe, Shogolo Oloba; where she was the troup's director.
19 Survived by her stepdaughter, 1 brother and 2 sisters.
20 Her sisters Estelle Evans and Rosanna Carter made guest-appearances on Good Times (1974), with Rolle.
21 At the 1974 Tony Awards, she introduced her Good Times (1974) co-star, Ralph Carter, to sing the song, 'Sidewalk Tree.'.
22 Long lives ran in her family.
23 Her sister Estelle Evans died in 1985 and lived to be age 78.
24 She didn't start acting until she was age 39.
25 Her parents moved to Florida, sometime after their marriage.
26 Her stepdaughter, Sherley Mae Robinson, from her ex-husband's previous marriage, is 16 years younger than her.
27 Did not retire from acting.
28 Was 19 years older than John Amos, who played her husband on Good Times (1974).
29 Her ex-Good Times (1974) co-star, BernNadette Stanis said in an interview, Rolle had fixed her really good and became a good rolemodel for her. Whenever Stanis was late, Rolle would pick her up in the car and would memorize some lines.
30 Worked with Louis Gossett Jr. in episodes of both series: Good Times (1974) and Touched by an Angel (1994).
31 In 1939, when Rolle was age 18, she followed her two sisters to New York City. Her writing teacher talked her into taking acting classes instead.
32 Attended Yale University.
33 Aunt of Eliza, Ella and Estella.
34 Just before her death, Rolle was reunited with Bea Arthur on RuPaul's VH-1 talk show, where Rolle was brought out to surprise Arthur. This was the first time in over 25 years, they've last seen each other.
35 Rolle's family was gathered in the Bahamas; for her family reunion, in 1986.
36 Had no children.
37 Had a close working relationship with Bea Arthur on Maude (1972).
38 Before she was a successful actress, she worked in a traditional job in New York City's garment district.
39 Rolle was the tenth of eighteen children.
40 Of Bahamian immigrants.
41 Rolle always dyed her hair black until letting it go gray in the early 1990s.
42 Producer Norman Lear approached her for her first choice for Florida Evans on Maude (1972), before Good Times (1974), when he saw her performances on Broadway, she accepted the role.
43 Met John Amos on the set of Maude (1972), where he played Henry Evans, who later played her husband on Good Times (1974), as James Evans, Sr, for more than a couple of years, until his firing in 1976.
44 Was a diabetic.
45 Friends with: Bea Arthur, Bill Macy, Conrad Bain, Rue McClanahan, Marla Gibbs, Hal Williams, Helen Martin, Della Reese, Carroll O'Connor, Norman Lear, Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Aaron Spelling, Ruby Dee, Maya Angelou, Louis Gossett Jr., Susan Harris, Moses Gunn, Alice Ghostley, Albert Reed, Estelle Evans, Rosanna Carter, Gerren Keith and Herbert Kenwith.
46 Her sister Rosanna Carter, passed away in 2001, at age 83, just 3 years after Rolle's death.
47 Inspired by her father, Rolle's elder siblings formed a drama group, that also toured Florida.
48 Despite the controversy, she enjoyed working with Ja'net DuBois on Good Times (1974).
49 Was 25 years older than Ja'net DuBois, who played her best friend (from high school) on Good Times (1974).
50 Rolle's birthplace, Pompano Beach, Florida, is about 10 miles North of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
51 Her former Good Times (1974) co-star, Jimmie Walker, was the only actor not to attend her funeral.
52 Born and raised on a 10-acre farm in Florida.
53 Acting ran in her family.
54 Temporarily attended Booker T. Washington High School in Miami, Florida.
55 Graduated from Blache Ely High School in Pompano Beach, Florida, in 1938.
56 Acting mentor and friends of Ja'net DuBois, BernNadette Stanis, Jimmie Walker and Ralph Carter.
57 Best remembered by the public for her starring role as Florida Evans on Good Times (1974).
58 When she died in 1998, she left an estate valued in excess of $1.7 million including $200,000 in cash a $400,000 home, $1,072,000 in treasuries. In addition, she owned 1,000 shares of Bethdames Corporation, several Mutual Funds, and 2% interest in El Toro, Ltd.
59 Last film was Train Ride (2000), an independent feature-film written and directed by Rel Dowdell, which was shot on location at the oldest African-American college in the US at Cheyney University, Cheyney, Pennsylvania. She was also in Dowdell's multi-award winning short film version of "Train Ride", done while he was a graduate student at Boston University. She was appearing in "A Raisin in the Sun" at the Huntingdon Theatre in Boston at the time.
60 Buried at Westview Cemetery, Broward County, Pompano Beach, Florida.
61 Is an honorary member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
62 Left Good Times (1974) after the 1976-1977 season due to her displeasure with the what she saw as the character of J.J. being a bad role model for young blacks. She returned at the beginning of the 1978-1979 season after the producers guaranteed that they would make J.J. a more respectable character.
63 Graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia in 1942.
64 Sister of Estelle Evans.
65 Sister of Rosanna Carter.
66 Originated the role of 'Dorcas Moulineaux' in Steve Carter's play, 'Dame Lorraine, " at the Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago on 27 March 1981.


1 Gap between her two front teeth.
2 Her deep raspy voice
3 Her Role As Florida Evans on "Good Times"


1 [on her insisting to the producers of Good Times (1974) that the show have a husband and father figure] I told them I couldn't compound the lie that black fathers don't care about their children. I was proud of the family life I was able to introduce to television.
2 Black college-educated people got to where they are on the backs of domestic help, meaning their parents and grandparents. So people should not forget how they got to where they are.


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Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1979 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special Summer of My German Soldier (1978)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2004 TV Land Award TV Land Awards Favorite Made for TV Maid Maude (1972)
1998 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Rosewood (1997)
1975 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best TV Actress - Comedy or Musical Good Times (1974)



Train Ride 2000 Dean of Students
Down in the Delta 1998 Annie
Poltergeist: The Legacy 1998 TV Series Grandma Rose
Promised Land 1997 TV Series Mary Harding
Touched by an Angel 1997 TV Series Mary Harding
Rosewood 1997 Aunt Sarah
My Fellow Americans 1996 Rita
How to Make an American Quilt 1995 Aunt Pauline
Scarlett 1994 TV Mini-Series Mammy
To Dance with the White Dog 1993 TV Movie Neelie
Message from Nam 1993 TV Movie Queenie / Elizabeth McQueen
House of Cards 1993 Adelle
Blackbird Fly 1991 Short
Cape Fear 1991 Woman Watching Cady Get Out from Under the Car (uncredited)
The Kid Who Loved Christmas 1990 TV Movie Esther Clayton
Singer & Sons 1990 TV Series Sarah Patterson
Age-Old Friends 1989 TV Movie Mrs. Baker
Driving Miss Daisy 1989 Idella
The Mighty Quinn 1989 Ubu Pearl
American Playhouse 1989 TV Series Lena 'Mama' Younger
P.K. and the Kid 1987 Mim
Murder, She Wrote 1985 TV Series Margaret
The Love Boat 1983-1985 TV Series Lillian Randolph / Judge Kramer
The New Mike Hammer 1985 TV Series Viola Green
Finder of Lost Loves 1984 TV Series Nellie
Fantasy Island 1983 TV Series Mama
The New Odd Couple 1982 TV Series Mrs. Gibbs
Flamingo Road 1982 TV Series Julia
The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet 1982 Nurse
Darkroom 1981 TV Series Grandmother / Old Woman
See China and Die 1981 TV Movie Momma Sykes
The Incredible Hulk 1979 TV Series Colleen Jensen
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings 1979 TV Movie Momma
Good Times 1974-1979 TV Series Florida Evans
Summer of My German Soldier 1978 TV Movie Ruth
Winners 1978 TV Series Shenendoah Griffin
Maude 1972-1974 TV Series Florida Evans
Don't Play Us Cheap 1973 Miss Maybell
Cleopatra Jones 1973 Mrs. Johnson
Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow! 1971
The Bold Ones: The Senator 1971 TV Series Black Woman
One Life to Live 1968 TV Series Sadie Gray #2 (1971)
Up the Down Staircase 1967 Teacher (uncredited)
Nothing But a Man 1964 Church Woman


Good Times 1974-1978 TV Series performer - 4 episodes
Maude 1973 TV Series performer - 1 episode


Down in the Delta 1998 dedicatee


The RuPaul Show 1998 TV Series Herself
Nobody's Girls: Five Women of the West 1995 Documentary Clara Brown
Color Adjustment 1992 Documentary Herself
The 11th Annual Black Achievement Awards 1990 TV Special Herself
22nd NAACP Image Awards 1990 TV Special Herself
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1986-1989 TV Series Herself
Ethnic Notions 1986 Documentary Narrator
The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1985 TV Special Herself - Performer
The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1979 TV Special Herself - Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special
The 1st Annual Black Achievement Awards 1978 TV Special Herself
CBS: On the Air 1978 TV Mini-Series documentary
The Mike Douglas Show 1975-1977 TV Series Herself - Actress / Herself - Co-Host / Comedienne
88th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade 1977 TV Movie Herself - CBS Hostess
Donny and Marie 1976 TV Series Herself
Match Game 73 1975 TV Series Herself - Panelist
Celebrity Sweepstakes 1975 TV Series Herself
Sammy and Company 1975 TV Series Herself
Dinah! 1975 TV Series Herself
Match Game PM 1975 TV Series Herself / Herself - Panelist
The 28th Annual Tony Awards 1974 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Lighting Designer
The Merv Griffin Show 1974 TV Series Herself

Archive Footage

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You 2016 Documentary Herself
Extra 2015 TV Series Herself - Good Times
Pioneers of Television 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Florida Evans - Good Times
TV's Greatest Sidekicks 2004 TV Special
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years 2004 Video documentary
E! True Hollywood Story 2000 TV Series documentary Herself
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 TV Special Herself - Memorial Tribute
The 71st Annual Academy Awards 1999 TV Special Herself - Memorial Tribute
American Experience 1994 TV Series documentary Herself - Harlem Street Performance 1962

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