Isabel Sanford

Actress

Isabel Sanford, best known as “Weezie” or Louise Jefferson on the sitcom “The Jeffersons,” died July 9 of natural causes in Los Angeles. She was 86.

Sanford made her feature film debut in the 1967 “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” She was a regular on “All in the Family” before co-starring with Sherman Hemsley from 1975 to 1985 in CBS’s spin-off “The Jeffersons.”

She also guested on numerous TV series including “Bewitched,” “The Mod Squad” and “Love Boat,” and appeared in films including “Lady Sings the Blues” and “Love at First Bite.”

In 1981, Sanford became the first black woman to receive an Emmy for best actress in a comedy series for her work on “The Jeffersons.” She was Emmy nommed for six more seasons of “The Jeffersons.”

Recently, she voiced herself on an episode of “The Simpsons” and starred in commercial campaigns for Denny’s restaurants and retailer Old Navy.

Sanford, a native New Yorker, was joined by “Jeffersons” creator Norman Lear and others in January when she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The last several years, she was still receiving and responding to fan mail from people who were viewing “The Jeffersons” for the first time in reruns.

Sanford is survived by a daughter, two sons, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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