Marla Gibbs is best known for her role in “The Jeffersons” playing George Jefferson’s snarky maid Florence. For this role, she received five Emmy nominations. Gibbs is also a singer, writer, and television producer. Breaking into her acting career late in life, she was 44 when she joined “The Jeffersons”, but held onto her day job at United Airlines until the show became an absolute hit.
Her role landed Gibbs her own sitcom titled “227”, in her own apartment. The show ran from 1985 to 1990. Gibbs has won seven NAACP Image Awards. Way past her 80th birthday, she’s still going strong. Gibbs also owned a jazz club in South Central L.A. called Maria’s Memory Lane Jazz and Supper Club.
Olivia de Havilland (born 1916)
Until July 2020, Olivia de Havilland was one of the last surviving movie stars of Hollywood’s golden age. She memorably starred in "Gone With the Wind" (1939) as Melanie Hamilton. She was born in Japan to British parents and grew up in California. She met her French husband Pierre Galante, a journal editor, in 1955.
The actress acted in "A Midsummer’s Night Dream" in college and impressed Austrian director Max Reinhardt, who cast her for his stage version. Next came the Warner Bros. film version and a seven-year contract. By the time she retired in 1988, Olivia had a 53-year-long career. She has won two Academy Awards and two Golden Globes before passing away at 104 years old.
Henry Kissinger (born 1923)
Henry Kissinger fled Nazi persecution when he was 15 years old, moving to London and then arriving in New York. He became an American scholar and national security expert. He served as Secretary of State for President Nixon from 1973 to 1977. In the United States, he was very controversial as a pro-war advocate during the anti-Vietnam War hippie days.
Him getting the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating the end of the Vietnam War was incredibly controversial. Two members of the Nobel Committee even resigned in protest. Kissinger even attempted to return the award. He eventually became political allies with fellow Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, praising her work.
Sally Field (born 1946)
Sally Field splashed into her acting career, starring in the television series 'Gidget'. She then went on to do another TV series, "The Flying Nun", where she cemented her new-found fame. She continued to have a stellar career that included winning two Oscars for Best Actress, a SAG Award, and two Golden Globes. She also starred in blockbusters like "Ms. Doubtfire" and "Forrest Gump".
Sally Field, now in her 70s, was born in Pasadena, California to an actress mother and an Army officer and salesman father. Her mom divorced and remarried when she was four. Unfortunately, the new stepfather was abusive. She opened up about the extremely sensitive topic in her new memoir, 'In Pieces', released in 2018.
Leonard Whiting (born 1950)
English actor Leonard Whiting was first recognized for his voice when he sang at a wedding reception at age 12. That same year he played the Artful Dodger in "Olive Twist" for 18 months. Years later, director Franco Zeffirelli spotted the 17-year-old auditioning for "Romeo and Juliet" and cast him as young Romeo. Whiting played Romeo in that 1968 film version of the play and won the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year.
He kept acting but couldn't recreate the success. As he put it, “I was thrust for a long moment into international stardom. When that happens, people want to see you in that same persona again and again”.