Esther Rolle (November 8, 1920 – November 17, 1998) was an American actress. She was perhaps best known for her portrayal of Florida Evans on the CBS television sitcom Maude and its spin-off series Good Times.
I’ve always been selective about my roles…still am. First of all, I have to like me, and I couldn’t like me if I depicted crap that made a Black child hang its head. I feel an obligation to do something that will make him stick his little chest out and say, ‘Did you see that?’ My goal is [also] to give black women dignity. - Esther Rolle