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Marla Gibbs stars in "Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection," opposite Tyler Perry, Eugene Levy, Denise Richards, Doris Roberts, Romeo Miller and Tom Arnold, as Hattie.

Marla Gibbs' career started when she joined PASLA (Performing Arts Society of Los Angeles) with her daughter, Angela, and studied at the Mafundi Institute and Watts Writers Workshop. She later joined the Zodiac Theatre and performed in several well received productions including "Medea," "Amen Corner" and "The Gingerbread Lady." After a few bit parts, Gibbs landed the plum role of Florence in "The Jeffersons," where she gained international notoriety. After "The Jeffersons" ninth successful season, Gibbs landed a spin-off series, "Checking-In." It was interrupted by a writer's strike and never recovered so she returned to "The Jeffersons." 

Soon after, her daughter Angela produced the award-winning Christine Houston play "227" in which Gibbs was cast as the lead by noted director Ed Cambridge. The play was such a smashing success that Gibbs purchased the television rights. After "The Jeffersons" was cancelled, she along with Norman Lear's Embassy TV, sold and helped produce the series for NBC. "227" became a five-year hit series now in syndication.

Gibbs is an eight-time NAACP Image Award winner, five time Emmy nominee, Golden Globe nominee, eight time Family TV award winner, Essence Woman of the Year, Frances William's Women in Theatre West Award winner, Special Black Emmy Nominee honoree, winner of two CEBA Awards, and a host of national and local honors. In 2000, Marla received a Best Supporting Actress award from The Southern California Method Fest. 

Her other television credits include "ER," "Cold Case," "Lincoln Heights," "The Dave Chappelle Show," "Fresh Prince of Bel Air," "The Nick Cannon Show," "Judging Amy," "Touched by an Angel," "Arli$$," "The King of Queens," "Dawson's Creek," as well as a recurring role on NBC's daytime drama "Passions." She spent several seasons on ABC's "The Hughleys," playing the mother of D.L. Hughley and was Arsenio Hall's mother on "Martial Law." In addition, Gibbs has starred in the feature films "Stanley's Gig" and "The Visit" as well as had roles in "The Brothers," "Afro Ninja," "Foolish," "Lost and Found," "Why Do Fools Fall in Love," "Border to Border" and "Up Against the Wall." She has done several voice-overs for HBO's "Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child" animated series for children and Disney's animated series "101 Dalmatians." 

Marla has hosted a special for HGTV called "The Dish on Kitchens." She has numerous theater credits including the New Theatre Restaurant's dinner theater production of Neil Simon's "Proposals" and "Boeing Boeing." Marla has released a CD on her label Forever 30 Records entitled "It's Never Too Late" featuring some original songs written by her as well as several classic Jazz hits.

Always working, Marla has recently appeared in the television shows "iCarly" and Tyler Perry's "House of Payne" as well as the films "The Heart Specialist" and "The Last Laugh." Most recently, she was cast in the new sitcom pilot "The First Family" as the First Lady's mother.

Madea's Witness Protection [Blu-ray]
Blu-Ray Releases: October 23th, 2012


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Age: 85 years old
Birthday: June 14, 1931
Height: 5' 8"
Full Name / Real Name: Margaret Theresa Bradley
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Husband: Jordan Gibbs (1956 - 1973, divorced, 3 children)

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