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Marla Gibbs (‘The Jeffersons’) on keeping her return as maid Florence a secret and her joy watching ‘daughter’ Regina King win an Oscar [Exclusive Video Interview]

Marla Gibbs (‘The Jeffersons’) on keeping her return as maid Florence a secret and her joy watching ‘daughter’ Regina King win an Oscar [Exclusive Video Interview]

Marla Gibbs told a select group of friends and family she would be on the live special for ABC’s “The Jeffersons” in May, but they wouldn’t believe her since she wasn’t in any of the promotional materials. That’s because producers Norman Lear and Jimmy Kimmel wanted it to be a surprise to audiences when Gibbs reprised her classic role of Florence Johnston.

In our exclusive interview (watch the video above), she reveals, “When I read the script I said, ‘This is the same show I did word for word,’ and of course I remembered it all…. the moves and everything. It was the thing that changed my life, so you don’t forget it.”

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