It’s been decades of screen goodness dished by five time Emmy nominated actress Marla Gibbs, 90 and FINALLY The Jeffersons and 227 star is getting the recognition she more than deserves.
The actress on Tuesday was honoured with her Hollywood Walk of Fame but coupled with the emotions and scorching sun it all seemed a bit too much for her as she appeared to faint, closing her eyes and stopped speaking mid way through her acceptance speech.
Her son hurried onstage and supported her while he encouraged nearby staff to get her a chair.
“It’s only because of you that they know me,” Gibbs said to Lear, who created The Jeffersons. “Thank you so much. And thank you to all of you who have been fans of The Jeffersons and 227. We love you and it’s because you watched us that we were able to excel, and I’m able to be here today. Thank you. And I want to give special thanks to my daughter and my grandson for all the hard work that went into putting this event together.” Gibbs had said before the pause.
Her daughter Angela Gibbs took to the microphone to say her mother needed a moment “to cool down.” The temperature soared past 90 Tuesday in Los Angeles, CNN reports. The actress is however said to be doing great.
Upon her eventual return to the stage, she told CNN affiliate ABC 7 afterward that she was overcome by the heat and excitement of the day.
“I just got overwhelmed for a minute,” Gibbs said. “I haven’t been excited until this moment!”
Marla Gibbs, known for her efforts towards pushing diversity in front and behind the cameras was honored with the 2,6978th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
“Marla is one of the world’s most beloved and talented actresses known around the world. Her feistiness and tenacity for her work are legendary and we are proud to welcome her to the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
An eight-time NAACP Image Award winner, Gibbs has received numerous prestigious honors over the years, including Essence Magazine’s Woman of the Year.
Gibbs is best known for playing sassy housekeeper Florence Johnson on the beloved sitcom “The Jeffersons,” which ran from 1975 to 1985, and as as Mary Jenkins on “227,” which aired from 1985 to 1990.