Marla Gibbs has a storied legacy that expands across decades. The 90-year old actress, who starred in the iconic Black sitcoms 227 and The Jeffersons, recently added having a star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame to her accomplishments.
After celebrating her birthday recently, Gibbs was awarded the 2,698th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She suffered a heat spell at the unveiling was taken indoors before returning to the ceremony.
Prior to the ceremony, she told The New York Daily News, “I never thought that would happen. When I came out here and went to Hollywood Boulevard and walked through the [TCL] Chinese Theatre looking at all the people that I always admired, I never thought I would be one of them. So it is phenomenal.”
She continued, “I never saw people eating outside (before going to L.A.). I just loved this place. I went to the zoo and I was feeding the bears in the zoo in January. I couldn’t believe it,” she remembered. “So, my sister gave me some gumdrops to throw to them. And they were laying down and I threw the gumdrops and they got up and started waving ‘send me some more.’ Oh, they were so funny.”
Ana Martinez, producer for the Hollywood Walk of Fame stated, “Marla is one of the world’s most beloved and talented actresses known around the world.” Gibbs, who received the honor on July 20, 2021, also received another honor. July 20 was officially declared “Marla Gibbs Day” in Hollywood.
“Her feistiness and tenacity for her work are legendary and we are proud to welcome her to the Hollywood Walk of Fame”, said Martinez
Norman Lear said at the ceremony, “There was only one you, ma’am, and I’m thrilled to be here for you, love you. You added time to my life and for that, I could not be more grateful. Thank you.”
Others in attendance included Tisha Campbell, Sherri Shepherd and Kym Whitley.