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Also Known As: Isabel Gwendolyn Sanford Died: July 9, 2004
Born: August 29, 1917 Cause of Death: natural causes
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, data processing clerk

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Isabel Sanford will always be known as Louise Jefferson, the woman who stood by and worked alongside her man (George) until they became rich only to have to keep reeling him in from going haywire for the rest of their married lives. Sanford created the role of Louise as a neighbor to Archie Bunker and a friend for Edith on "All in the Family" from 1971-75, then went with the spin-off series "The Jeffersons" from 1975-85. Throughout all those years, Sanford could say more with her eyes and with her impeccable comic timing than needed to be said with words.

Isabel Sanford will always be known as Louise Jefferson, the woman who stood by and worked alongside her man (George) until they became rich only to have to keep reeling him in from going haywire for the rest of their married lives. Sanford created the role of Louise as a neighbor to Archie Bunker and a friend for Edith on "All in the Family" from 1971-75, then went with the spin-off series "The Jeffersons" from 1975-85. Throughout all those years, Sanford could say more with her eyes and with her impeccable comic timing than needed to be said with words.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Jackie's Back! (1999) Miss Crooms
2.
 Sprung (1997) (Cameo Appearance)
3.
 Original Gangstas (1996) Gracie Bookman
4.
 South Beach (1993)
5.
6.
 Desperate Moves (1980) Dottie Butz
7.
 Love At First Bite (1979) Judge
8.
9.
 The Red, White and Black (1970) Isabel
10.
 The Comic (1969) Woman
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In 1930s, was member of The Star Players, later called The American Negro Theatre
1965:
After hiatus of numerous years returned to the stage and made her Broadway debut in "The Amen Corner" (after first appearing in the LA production); cast included Beah Richards (with whom she would act again in "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner")
1967:
Feature debut, "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"
1971:
Created role of Louise Jefferson on "All in the Family"
1972:
Played Harlem Madam in "Lady Sings the Blues"
1975:
Starred on hit sitcom "The Jeffersons"
1996:
Co-starred in "Original Gangstas"
2004:
Guest-starred as herself on the animated series "The Simpsons"
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Notes

"If there's anything in life you consider worthwhile achieving--go for it. I was told many times to forget show business, I had nothing going for me. But I pursued it anyway. Voila!" --Isabel Sanford in "Contemporary Theatre, Film, and Television" Volume 2

Isabel Sanford, who is fondly remembered as Louise (or "Weezie") from TV's "The Jeffersons," got her star on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame on January 16, 2004 People January 19, 2004

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husband:
William Edward Richmond. Deceased.

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father:
James Edward Sanford.
mother:
Josephine Sanford.
daughter:
Pamela Richmond.
son:
William Eric Richmond.
son:
Sanford Keith Richmond.
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