Marlene Clark dead at 85: Sitcom actress dies at home on same day as co-star Jim Brown


SANFORD and Son actress Marlene Clark, who appeared in a number of movies within the Seventies, has died at the age of 85.

Clark’s good friend, Tamara Lynch, introduced the actress’ demise, revealing she died in her Los Angeles home on May 18.

No explanation for demise has been revealed at this time.

“For 15 years she curated a bustling restaurant scene where underground artists mingled with locals and the stars of film and television,” stated Lynch.

“She had a imaginative and prescient of culinary excellence coupled with dynamic skilled service and would lay out the blueprint for the glamorous LA restaurant scene brilliantly casted along with her discerning eye.

“Marlene’s style was impeccable. She loved fashion, food, and acting. Her large, full laugh that could fill a room will be missed. She leaves behind friends and family that will forever be grateful for her grace, love, and beautiful heart. Marlene was one of our finest examples of Black beauty.”

Clark died the same day NFL legend, Jim Brown, who she appeared alongside within the 1972 movie, Slaughter.

“RIP beautiful actress Marlene Clark. . . It was a delight to work with you…,” tweeted Demond Wilson, who portrayed Lamont Sanford.

Clark portrayed Janet Lawson, who was Lamont’s fiancée on the present.

She additionally appeared in Roger Corman’s Night of the Cobra Woman in 1972 and performed a suspected werewolf within the British horror flick, The Beast Must Die.

Clark captivated audiences whereas taking part in a widow who will get become a vampire within the 1973 movie Ganja & Hess.

“There are so many levels to her personality,” Clark stated of her character Ganja, who turns into an immortal creature of the evening by vampire Dr. Hess Green, performed by Duane Jones.

“She’s such a collection of contradictions. Playing that part was very rewarding.”

The Hollywood Reporter listed her birthday as December 19, 1937, nevertheless, different sources report she was born in 1949 – making her 73 at the time of her demise.

She attended Morristown Junior College in Tennessee earlier than attending City College in New York.

Clark labored as a mannequin earlier than her debut movie For Love of Ivy in 1968, which starred Sidney Poitier.

Director Bill Gunn employed Clark for his directorial debut movie, Stop, nevertheless, it was given an X ranking and was not seen by the general public for years.

“Most of the movies I starred in didn’t come out when they were supposed to or never came out at all – and if the movies aren’t going to be released, the studios aren’t going to do anything to promote them,” stated Clark.

“So you miss out on all that publicity that can lead to other jobs.”

Still, she had regular work on TV, showing on episodes of Bonanza, Mod Squad, The Rookies, Barnaby Jones, Highways to Heaven, and Head of the Class, earlier than retiring from appearing within the late Eighties.

During her appearing profession, Clark opened her personal clothes retailer on Melrose Avenue and likewise grew to become the supervisor of Hal’s Bar & Grill in Venice Beach.

From 1968 to 1971, Clark was married to Billy Dee Williams, greatest identified for enjoying Lando Calrissian within the Star Wars franchise.

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