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LaWanda Page

Highest Rated:   77% Friday (1995)
Lowest Rated:   7% Zapped! (1982)
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A comedienne turned actress who rose to fame as outspoken bible-thumper Aunt Ester in Redd Foxx's hit sitcom Sanford and Son, LaWanda Page performed with such other famous contemporaries as Richard Pryor and Rudy Ray Moore before finding success on the small screen. A native of Cleveland who grew up in St. Louis, Page first hit the stage as an exotic dancer and chorus girl billed "the Bronze Goddess of Fire" (due to her penchant for playing with fire on-stage) before fully realizing her talents as a standup comic. Subsequently approached by Foxx to star in Sanford and Son, Page tickled television viewers' funny bones with her memorable role as Foxx's aggressively religious sister-in-law in the original series' spin-off The Sanford Arms, and the 1980 revival Sanford. Throughout the 1980s and '90s, Page crafted a feature-film career with minor roles in such comedies as Zapped! (1982), My Blue Heaven (1990), Friday (1995), and Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996). Always retaining her fiery approach to comedy, Page also performed on-stage in productions of The Inquest of Sam Cooke and Take It to the Lord...Or Else. On September 14, 2002, LaWanda Page died from complications of diabetes in Los Angeles, CA. She was 81.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Legend of Dolemite
  • Actor
2003
29% Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in The Hood
  • Old School's Mom
1996
77% Friday
  • Old Lady
1995
29% The Meteor Man
  • Old Nurse
1993
52% CB4
  • Grandma
1993
38% Shakes the Clown
  • Female Clown Barfly
1992
No Score Yet Talkin' Dirty After Dark
  • Black Angel/Black Devil
1991
No Score Yet Mausoleum
  • Elsie
1983
7% Zapped!
  • Mrs. Jones
1982

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Martin
1992-1997
  • Evelyn
  • 1993
  • 1992
No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes
1978-1986
  • Muriel
  • 1979

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