Rosetta LeNoire was an American stage, screen, and television actress, as well as a Broadway producer and casting agent. LeNoire is known to contemporary audiences for her work in television. She had regular roles on the series Gimme a Break! and Amen. But she is arguably best known for her role as Estelle "Mother" Winslow on the CBS/ABC sitcom Family Matters which ran from 1989-1998.
In 1999, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts.