Roxie Albertha Roker

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Roxie Albertha Roker

Birthplace: Miami, FL, United States
Death: Died in Los Angeles, CA, United States
Cause of death: Breast Cancer
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Albert Hubert Roker and Bessie Mitchell
Ex-wife of Sy Kravitz
Mother of Lenny Kravitz

Occupation: Actress
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About Roxie Albertha Roker

Roxie Albertha Roker (August 28, 1929 – December 2, 1995) was an American actress, best known for her role as Helen Willis on the CBS sitcom The Jeffersons (1975–85), half of the first interracial couple to be shown on regular prime time television.

Early life

Roker was born in Miami, Florida. Her mother, Bessie (née Mitchell), was from Georgia and worked as a domestic, and her father, Albert Roker, was a native of The Bahamas and a porter.[2] She grew up in Brooklyn, New York.


Roker began her professional career with the Negro Ensemble Company and became a successful stage actress. She won an Obie Award in 1974 and was nominated for a Tony Award for her portrayal of Mattie Williams in The River Niger.[1] She was a reporter on WNEW-TV in New York in the 1970s and hosted a public affairs show for the station known as Inside Bed-Stuy, dealing with events in the Brooklyn neighborhood.[1] She appeared in guest starring roles on many United States television shows from the 1970s through the 1990s, including "Stone in the River" starring Hal Miller for NBC, Punky Brewster, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, A Different World, Murder, She Wrote, The Love Boat, 227, and Beat the Clock. She also had a small role in the television miniseries Roots and in the movie Claudine. Roker was also a children’s advocate who was cited by the city of Los Angeles for her community work.[1] She is primarily known for her role as Helen Willis on The Jeffersons.

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Roxie Albertha Roker's Timeline

August 28, 1929
Miami, FL, United States
May 26, 1964
Age 34
New York, NY, USA
December 2, 1995
Age 66
Los Angeles, CA, United States