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Roxie Roker

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Roxie Roker
Birth name Roxie Albertha Roker
Born August 28, 1929 in Miami, Florida, USA
Died December 2, 1995 in Los Angeles, California, USA from breast cancer
Notable Roles Helen Willis in The Jeffersons
Notable Episodes
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Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
The Jeffersons Helen Willis 1975–1985 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
All in the Family Helen Willis 5x18 - The Jeffersons Move Up January 11, 1975
227 Dr. Thelma Butler 3x24 - Best Friends May 7, 1988
Murder, She Wrote Jennifer Bryce 8x02 - Night Fears September 22, 1991
A Different World Dean Barksdale 5x03 - Home Is Where the Fire Is October 3, 1991
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Vanessa's Mother 1x12 - In Vanessa We Trust January 12, 1993

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Memorable Moments

Awards and Accolades


  • Mother of rocker Lenny Kravitz
  • Paternal grandmother of Zoë Kravitz
  • Her mother, Bessie was African-American from Georgia and her father, Albert (who was of Afro-Bahamian descent) originally came from Nassau, Bahamas
  • Graduated from Howard University where she received her BFA and was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority
  • Was a member of the Negro Ensemble Company in New York
  • Once hosted a local community television show in the late 1960s
  • Was married to TV producer Sy Kravitz from 1962 to 1985