Sunday, January 3, 2010

TV: Tom and Helen Willis


Married for 34 years, Tom (played by Franklin Cover) and Helen (played by Roxie Roker) Willis, nee Douglas, were the neighbors of George and Louise Jefferson. They had two children, Jennifer (Jenny) and Alan.

The Jeffersons was a TV sitcom that aired from January 1975 to June 1985. It is the longest running series to feature a predomninantly African American cast.

The Jeffersons Wiki
The Jeffersons IMDb

My Comments: As far as I know, this is the first Just Like Me couple to be featured on television.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not sure if you know of these just like me couples:

Marc Ecko and Allison Rojas
Matt Stone (creator of South Park) and Angela Howard

PurpleNepenthe said...

Thanks! I did have Matt Stone on my list...even thought I'd already posted for them. And I just recently found Marc Ecko...and thanks to you, I'm looking for pictures :)

cool_splash1 said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjhzhK2zryg

The original Tom and Hellen Willis

PurpleNepenthe said...

Classic Cool! I didn't know they had other actors portray the couple. Thanks for the link.

Shaunteka Latrese said...

Roxie Roker...Real husband was cacasian as well. Sy Kravitz
I love this blog by the way...

PurpleNepenthe said...

I have the Roker/Kravitz noted. Sometimes I'm not sure how to categorize what I find or I don't get enough info. And I hate when I can't post a picture...although posting some of Lenny would be nice ;)

I'm glad you like the blog. Thanks :)

Cynthia said...

Cute couple. Great blog!!! Kudos to you I love it.

PurpleNepenthe said...

Thanks :)

Anonymous said...

you know, that lady is the mother of lenny kravitz in real life.

PurpleNepenthe said...

Yes, Anon, I know ;)

e jerry said...

Zoe Kravitz is an interesting mix herself, given that her paternal grandfather and maternal grandmother are both Jewish and her paternal grandmother and maternal grandfather are African-American.

Anonymous said...

In real life, The Jeffersons star Ned Wertimer married to Skyne Udu from Nigeria.

PurpleNepenthe said...

Ooh, thanks for the tip Anon! :)

Anonymous said...

Roxie Roker passed away on December 2, 1995 and Franklin Cover later joined her on February 5, 2006. Roker was married to Sy Kravitz but got divorced 19 years later. Sy Kravitz and Roxie Roker had a son, a successful musician named Leonard Albert Kravitz. Ned Wertimer and Skyne Uku are still married to this day.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, Ned Wertimer is no longer living as of January 2, 2013.