Marla Gibbs is an American television and film actress and singer. She is best known for playing Louise and George Jefferson's maid, Florence Johnston, on The Jeffersons and spinoff Checking In. Since the death of co-star Sherman Hemsley in July 2012, she, Damon Evans and Berlinda Tolbert are the only surviving Jeffersons cast members. She also starred as Mary Jenkins on the television series 227 and appeared in the film Madea's Witness Protection. She currently has a recurring role as Grandma Eddy on the Byron Allen-produced sitcom The First Family.