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Roxie Roker Biography and Filmography
Roxie Roker
Birthday: August 28, 1929
Birth Place: Miami, Florida, USA
Height: 0' 0"
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On television, supporting actress Roxie Roker may best be remembered for playing outspoken Helen Willis for ten years on the popular television sitcom The Jeffersons. She and TV husband Franklin Cover comprised the first interracial married couple on network television. But in addition to television, Roker had also found success on stage and in the occasional feature film. Miami-born and Brooklyn-raised, Roker graduated from Howard University with a drama degree and then flew to England to study at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-on-Avon. During the 1960s, Roker supported herself with a secretarial job at NBC's New York office while trying to find acting jobs. Roker launched her drama career off-Broadway in productions such as Jean Genet's The Blacks. Between 1967 and '68, Roker hosted a local community television show, but that wasn't close enough to acting, so she quit to practice her craft full time. With the Negro Ensemble Company she appeared in Ododo and Rosalie Pritchet. In 1974, she earned an Obie and a Tony nomination for The River Niger. In 1975, shortly after moving to Los Angeles, Norman Lear cast Roker in The Jeffersons. In addition to this role, Roker occasionally guest-starred on other series and appeared in television movies. Her feature-film appearances were rare. Roker made her debut in Claudine (1974). In the '90s, Roker resumed her stage career, appearing in a theatrical version of The Jeffersons and then touring opposite Mary Martin and Carol Channing in Legends. Roker's son, Lenny Kravitz is a noted rock musician and record producer.
Statistically Speaking (1995)
[ Alfre Woodard ][ Victoria Dillard ]
Penny Ante: The Motion Picture (1990)
[ Janet Dubois ]
Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)
[ Michelle Pfeiffer ][ Kelly Preston ][ Carrie Fisher ][ Rosanna Arquette ][ Jenny Agutter ]
Making of a Male Model (1983)
[ Joan Collins ][ Greta Blackburn ][ Tonja Walker ]
The Bermuda Triangle (1979)
Billy: Portrait of a Street Kid (1977)
[ Sharon Taggart ]
The Agreement (1976)
Tennis Anyone? (1976)
A Dinner for Harry (1975)
[ Zara Cully ]
Louise Feels Useless (1975)
[ Zara Cully ]
Claudine (1974)
Change at 125th Street (1974)
[ Valerie Simpson ]
  • Mother of rock star Lenny Kravitz
  • She won an Obie in 1970 for "The River Niger"
  • When she auditioned for her role in "Jeffersons, The" (1975), the producer mentioned to her that he wasn't sure she looked believable as a African American woman married to a white man. In response, she produced a family picture with her husband who was white. As a result, she was immediately cast.
  • Former mother-in-law of Lisa Bonet, who played Denise Huxtable on the Cosby Show.
  • A children's advocate, her service included being a board member of the Inter Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect. She earned two citations from the Los Angeles City Council for her work.
  • Born in Miami and raised in Brooklyn, her father was a emigre from the Bahamas.
  • Received her BFA from Howard University and was an active member in the Howard Players. She later became a member of the Negro Ensemble Company in New York.
  • As wife Helen Willis on "The Jeffersons," she and white actor Franklin Cover broke barriers by becoming the first interracial married couple on prime-time TV (1975).
  • Roxie once hosted a local community television show in the late 60s
  • Was nominated for Broadway's 1974 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for "The River Niger."
  • She was the grandmother of Zoe Kravitz who was born to Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet on December 1, 1988.
  • Was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Roxie Roker died on December 2, 1995, only a day after her granddaughter Zoe Kravitz's birthday. The family worried about when Roxie would finally be at peace because they did not want to celebrate Zoe's birthday on the same day as the funeral for her grandmother.
  • Grandmother of Zoey Kravitz.
  • Cousin of Al Roker

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