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Marla Gibbs Celebrates Her 89th Birthday in High Spirits

Afouda Fortune
Jun 15, 2020
09:23 A.M.

Marla Gibbs is an excited birthday celebrant as she took to social media to mark her 89th birthday.


Marla Gibbs is an American star whose career as an actress, singer, comedian, writer, and TV producer has spanned over five decades.

Marla Gibbs at the Witness: The John Edgar Wideman Experience at Forest Lawn Memorial Park on February 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

Marla Gibbs at the Witness: The John Edgar Wideman Experience at Forest Lawn Memorial Park on February 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

Over those decades, Marla has endeared her to millions of viewers, so when she took to Instagram to post a celebratory birthday message, her fans made no hesitation in showing her love.

Earlier this year, [Marla Gibbs] earned a spot as a guest star on “One Day at a Time.”


Along with laughing-crying emojis, a birthday cake emoji, and an image of her smiling, Marla wrote “It’s a Miracle! Today’s my birthday and I’m 30 again!! Shoutout to all my Gemini’s”

Within hours of dropping the post, fans gave it over 10,000 likes and nearly 3,000 birthday wishes in the comment section.

Although Marla landed her first acting gig in the early ‘70s with the films, “Sweet Jesus,” “Preacher Man,” and “Black Belt Jones,” it wasn’t until she appeared in “The Jefferson’s” that she became well known.


During an interview with The Washington Post, Marla revealed that her character on the CBS comedy was supposed to make a one-time guest appearance, saying:

“It was supposed to be a one-time guest appearance. So I was very blessed that it turned into 11 seasons and a show for me.”

The actress told Closer Weekly that the show, which ran from 1975 to 1985, changed her life as she still got compliments from people about her character.


During the ten years that the show was on the air, the 89-year-old earned five Primetime Emmy Award nominations in the “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series” category.

Soon after the series was canceled, Marla went on to star in 227 from 1985-1990, alongside Jackée Harry. Marla also featured in “You Can't Take It with You,” “Orange Bowl Parade,” “Menu for Murder,” and “Dawson's Creek.”


Earlier this year, Variety reported that the actress had earned a spot as a guest star on “One Day at a Time.” Marla, alongside Reggie Watts, was set to appear in the Halloween-themed episode titled, “One Halloween at a Time.”

Marla would appear as “Mrs. Jones” while Reggie as “Mr. Mann” - the new neighbors in the building whose apartments Elena and Syd go-to for trick-or-treating.

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