From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Esther Rolle November 8, 1920 Pompano Beach, Florida, U.S. Died November 17, 1998 (aged 78) Culver City, California, U.S. Cause of death Diabetes Resting place Westview Community Cemetery, Pompano Beach, FL. Education Blanche Ely High School Spelman College (attended) Occupation Actress Years active 1964–1998 Known for Florida Evans – Good Times Spouse(s) Oscar Robinson (m. 1955; div. 1975) Parent(s) Jonathan Rolle Elizabeth Rolle Relatives Estelle Evans (sister) Rosanna Carter (sister) Awards 1979 Primetime Emmy Award: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special Summer of My German Soldier On Good Times (1974), L-R: Ralph Carter, BernNadette Stanis, Jimmie Walker, Esther Rolle, and John Amos. Esther Elizabeth Rolle (November 8, 1920 – November 17, 1998) was a Bahamian American actress. Rolle is best known for her role as Florida Evans, on the CBS television sitcom Maude, for two seasons (1972–1974), and its spin-off series Good Times, for five seasons (1974–77, 1978–79), for which Rolle was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Television Series Musical or Comedy in 1976. Rolle is best known for her television role as Florida Evans, the character she played on two 1970s sitcoms. The character was introduced as Maude Findlays housekeeper on Maude, and was spun off in the shows second season into Good Times, a show about Floridas family.