Roxie Roker (The Jeffersons/Lenny Kravitz' mom) 1929-1995

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Roxie Roker, actress. She is best known for her groundbreaking role as Helen Willis on The Jeffersons, half of the 1st interracial couple to be shown on prime time TV. A graduate of Howard University, she began her career with the Negro Ensemble Company and became a successful stage actress, later winning an Obie Award and a Tony nomination for her role of Mattie Williams in "The River Niger." She is the mother of rock star Lenny Kravitz and the cousin of NBC Today Show's, Al Roker.

Roxie Roker, actress. She is best known for her groundbreaking role as Helen Willis on The Jeffersons, half of the 1st interracial couple to be shown on prime time TV. A graduate of Howard University, she began her career with the Negro Ensemble Company and became a successful stage actress, later winning an Obie Award and a Tony nomination for her role of Mattie Williams in "The River Niger." She is the mother of rock star Lenny Kravitz and the cousin of NBC Today Show's, Al Roker.

Lovely Roxie Roker in 1976. Yes, of course, she was Lenny Kravitz's mom, Al Roker's cousin and "Helen Willis" on "The Jeffersons." Ms. Roker was also a graduate of Howard University who began her career with renowned Negro Ensemble Company. She was nominated for a Tony Award for her role in "The River Niger." Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.

Lovely Roxie Roker in 1976. Yes, of course, she was Lenny Kravitz's mom, Al Roker's cousin and "Helen Willis" on "The Jeffersons." Ms. Roker was also a graduate of Howard University who began her career with renowned Negro Ensemble Company. She was nominated for a Tony Award for her role in "The River Niger." Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.

Lenny Kravitz is the sexy rock star who was born in New York, the son of actress Roxie Roker(Helen Willis from the Jefferson) ...

Lenny Kravitz is the sexy rock star who was born in New York, the son of actress Roxie Roker(Helen Willis from the Jefferson) ...

Today 8-28 in 1929, Afro-American actress Roxie Roker was born - she was one-half of the first interracial married couple to be shown as a regular cast member on the 70s hit TV series The Jeffersons (she played Helen Willis). She also is Lenny Kravitz's mom -- she passed in 1995.

Today 8-28 in 1929, Afro-American actress Roxie Roker was born - she was one-half of the first interracial married couple to be shown as a regular cast member on the 70s hit TV series The Jeffersons (she played Helen Willis). She also is Lenny Kravitz's mom -- she passed in 1995.

Roxie Roker and her son Lenny Kravitz. Lenny shared this photo on his Facebook fan page last year. (from Vintage Black Glamour Tumblr)

Roxie Roker and her son Lenny Kravitz. Lenny shared this photo on his Facebook fan page last year. (from Vintage Black Glamour Tumblr)

Roxie Roker, 1980 Photographic Print by Isaac Sutton at AllPosters.com

Roxie Roker, 1980

Roxie Roker, 1980 Photographic Print by Isaac Sutton at AllPosters.com

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