Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

July 14, 2004

Isabel Sanford, 86, who won an Emmy Award for her portrayal of Louise "Weezie" Jefferson, the stoically beleaguered better half to Sherman Hemsley's reactionary in All in the Family and The Jeffersons, died Friday in Los Angeles.

Ms. Sanford's health had declined since she had preventive surgery on a carotid artery 10 months ago.

At an age when many actresses would have called it quits, Ms. Sanford made her feature film debut in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? in 1967 after having caught the eye of its director, Stanley Kramer, in the 1965 Broadway production of James Baldwin's Amen Corner.

The portrayal impressed show-business insiders, including the television producer Norman Lear, who in 1971 hired Sanford to play a Queens neighbor to the confrontational Archie Bunker in All in the Family.

In 1975, Lear moved the Jeffersons, by now the owners of a successful dry-cleaning franchise, to a "deluxe apartment in the sky" in Manhattan.

In 1981, Ms. Sanford became the first black woman to win an Emmy for best actress in a comedy series.

Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.