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Esther Rolle

Age: 78

Rolle will be best remembered for her role as the strong-willed mother on the '70s sitcom Good Times. She fought to overcome negative black stereotypes throughout her career, but ironically often played a maid. She won an Emmy playing a maid in Summer of My German Soldier. Her film credits include Driving Miss Daisy, Rosewood and How to Make an American Quilt.

Died: Nov. 17, 1998.

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