9 Things You Didn’t Know About The Jeffersons
5. When Isabel Sanford Met Sherman Hemsley
The first time that Isabel Sanford and Sherman Hemsley met on the set of All in the Family, neither one of them was impressed with the other. He found her to be pompous and arrogant and she thought that he was a know-it-all, loud mouth bully. She also didn’t find him attractive. She expected her husband to be a bigger man and Hemsley was smaller than she was.
4. Roxie Roker – Lenny Kravitz’s Mom
Roxie Roker – who played Helen Willis on The Jeffersons – was Lenny Kravitz’s mom. She used to bring him to set with her. Like her character on the show, she was also married to a white man, Sy Kravitz. This came in handy during her casting interview. She was asked if she’d feel comfortable if her character had a white husband and she responded by showing producers a photo of Kravtz.