Died Today (July 9th): Isabel Sanford (1917–2004)

isabelsanford.jpgIsabel Sanford (1917–2004)

Born: August 29, 1917 in New York City, New York, USA

Died: July 9, 2004 (age 86) in Los Angeles, California, USA

Isabel Sanford was a Broadway actress for over thirty years before moving to Hollywood. She made numerous guest appearances on TV, including a stint as a supporting cast member on The Carol Burnett Show (1967). Until her passing, Isabel continued to act frequently, most recently in a series of commercials for Old Navy stores with The Jeffersons (1975) co-star, Sherman Hemsley. She made several commercials for Nick-at-Nite as well when the cable channel premiered The Jeffersons (1975).


On receiving her Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, she said: Here with stars in my eyes – something that I dreamed about when I was 9 years old. There are others that deserve it, but let everybody get their own.

If there’s anything in life you consider worthwhile achieving — go for it. I was told many times to forget show business, I had nothing going for me. But I pursued it, anyway. Voila!

In 1996, she said: I watched the first episode of that, and I didn’t like it. I didn’t like the background. I didn’t like the way they dressed. I didn’t like the way Archie Bunker talked about black people. But I decided to watch the next episode anyway to see if I could determine why they would allow this trash to be on the air, and I found myself falling down laughing.