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May 17, 2020

Marla Gibbs of 'Jeffersons' Shares Unseen Photo of Her Mom Ophelia Kemp

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88-year-old actress Marla Gibbs of "The Jeffersons" fame celebrated her mother, Ophelia Kemp, with a tributary post to her on Instagram, where she shared a never-before-seen picture of the latter. 

Marla Gibbs joined millions of Americans in paying tribute to their mothers on Mother's Day, by also sharing a very old picture of her mom, Ophelia Kemp, on her Instagram page. 

The picture showed the actress's mother flanked by her siblings and Marla's uncle and aunt, Harry, and Vera, respectively. The three siblings, who are now late, looked happy together and smiled sweetly. 

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Ophelia Kemp wore a blue dress, while her sister wore a white dress. Harry, who sat in between his sisters, wore a black suit and pants and held his siblings dearly.

In her caption to the post, Marla Gibbs, who is a mother of three, wished that the three siblings in the picture were still here on earth. She wrote

"Happy Mother's Day to my mom Ophelia Kemp!! She is on the right in the light blue dress, sitting next to her siblings…my uncle Harry and my aunt Vera. I wish they were all still here with us." 

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Marla Gibbs is well respected in Hollywood for her iconic roles, but one that she is fondly remembered for, and which opened the door to fame for her is her role in "The Jeffersons." 

The NBC television sitcom ran for ten years, from 1975 to 1985, and helped Marla to receive five Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a comedy series. 

The actress also said that she didn't see her real age and didn't know what it was, adding that when people became conscious of their age, they began to act old or stop dreaming.

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Marla portrayed the character of Florence Johnson, a quick-witted, sassy housemaid to George Jefferson. In a chat with Closer Weekly, the legendary actress admitted that her role in the series changed her life. She said that "The Jeffersons" brought her a lot of love that was missing in her life. The octogenarian also added

"People still tell me 'I love you,' and big, grown men will say, 'I gotta have a hug, Ms. Gibbs' — and I'll hug them!"

After "The Jeffersons" ended, Marla went on to star in "227," which ran from 1985 to 1990. In that series, she starred alongside Jackée Harry. She also made guest appearances in popular television shows of the 90s. 

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These include, "Martin," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "Dawson's Creek," "Touched by an Angel," and "The King of Queens." Marla also has a jazz album, titled, "It's Never Too Late," which has been remastered. 

Despite her achievements and glittering career, Marla Gibbs continues to go strong and doesn't admit to being old, even once claimed to be 30. The actress said this during an interview with The Washington Post when asked about her age.

Marla said that she always told people that she was 30 when they asked about her age because when people reveal their age, they begin to act old, and see themselves as old. 

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The actress also said that she didn't see her real age and didn't know what it was, adding that when people become conscious of their age, they begin to act old or stop dreaming or doing anything. 

Marla noted that as long as one was still breathing, it was never too late to do anything. She concluded by saying, being 30, there was no excuse for her and that she could do anything she wanted to do. 

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