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Trivia (16)

Mother of rock star Lenny Kravitz

She won an Obie in 1970 for "The River Niger"

When she auditioned for her role in The Jeffersons (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.

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.

She was born in Miami and raised in Brooklyn. Her mother, Bessie (Mitchell), was African-American, from Georgia, and her father, Albert Hubert Roker, was an Afro-Bahamian emigrant, originally from Nassau.

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 (1975), she and white actor Franklin Cover broke barriers by becoming the first Caucasian-African-American married couple on prime-time TV.

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."

Grandmother of Zoë Kravitz who was born to Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet on December 1, 1988.

Was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Cousin of Al Roker.

Son Lenny Kravitz wrote the song "Thinking of You" after her departure. In the video, he was singing behind a photo of the mother, when young.

Studied at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, England.

She died at 2 minutes after midnight on December 2, 1995. Lenny Kravitz's daughter Zoë Kravitz's birthday is December 1. The family grew concerned that Zoe's grandmother would die on her birthday and the family did not want to commemorate the death of Lenny's mother on the same day as his daughter's birthday.

Friends with Marla Gibbs.