Helen Dorothy Martin (Helen Dorothy Martin)

Helen Dorothy Martin

Actress. One of the first African-American actresses to appear on Broadway, and co-founder of the American Negro Theater. In theater from the 1930s, she debuted on Broadway in 1937 in Orson Welles’ production of “Orchid’s Preferred” Became a TV personality late in her career as Marla Gibbs’ nosy next-door-neighbor Pearl in the sitcom “227,” and later played various roles on the popular television comedy, “Sanford and Son.” Cause of death: Heart attack


  • July, 23, 1909


  • March, 03, 2000
  • USA

Cause of Death

  • Heart attack


  • Cremated

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