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Character actress Marla Gibbs is "doing great" after nearly fainting during her Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony on Tuesday, July 20.

The 90-year-old actress sparked concern among fans watching on the livestream, as she closed her eyes and stopped speaking mid-speech.

Her son rushed onto the stage to hold his mother up, while nearby staff got her a chair. After she sat down, a cheer erupted from the audience.

The livestream ended as Gibbs appeared to recover from her fainting spell.

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Following the ceremony, a representative for The Jeffersons actress told Entertainment Weekly that Gibbs was momentarily overcome by the sweltering heat during the ceremony.

The temperature climbed to 88 degrees Fahrenheit at the time of her speech.

However, the spokesperson added that Gibbs is now "doing great” and had a "great time at the after-party".

Meanwhile, Ana Martinez - a producer for the Walk of Fame - told the outlet that Gibbs was well enough to take photographs and conduct interviews with media after the ceremony.

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Also attending the ceremony were The Jeffersons creator Norman Lear, actress Berlinda Tolbert, who played Jenny Willis on The Jeffersons, and actress Tisha Campbell (right).

Gibbs starred as feisty housekeeper Florence Johnston on The Jeffersons from 1975 to 1985. She is also famous for playing Mary Jenkins on the sitcom 227 (1985-1990).

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Veteran TV character actor Gregory Sierra has passed away at age 83.

The actor, who appeared in beloved TV comedy shows Sanford and Son and Barney Miller, lost his battle with cancer on January 4, according to a family spokesman.

Born in New York, Sierra worked with the National Shakespeare Company and also appeared in off-Broadway plays before moving to Los Angeles in the late 1960s.

He landed roles on popular TV shows such as The High Chaparral, Mod Squad, and Kung Fu and in films Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Papillon, and The Towering Inferno.

He was cast as Fred Sanford's sympathetic neighbor Julio Fuentes in Sanford & Son in 1972, and three years later he was a regular on another TV favorite, playing Sgt. Miguel 'Chano' Amenguale in Barney Miller.

He continued to rack up TV credits throughout the 1980s and 1990s with roles in Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice, and Murder, She Wrote, while his film career also features appearances in Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, Hot Shots! Part Deux, and Mafia!

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Character actress, singer, dancer and choreographer Paula Kelly died of natural causes on Sunday, February 9, at age 76, according to Broadway World.

Kelly made her Broadway debut in the 1964 musical Something More! She worked with other artists and choreographed numerous television specials, including Sammy and Friends (starring Sammy Davis Jr.).

Kelly performed a dance solo at the 41st Annual Academy Awards in 1968. She also won the London Variety Award for Best Supporting Actress in the London stage play Sweet Charity with dancer and actress Juliet Prowse.

Kelly's film credits include Trouble Man; Uptown Saturday Night (with Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier); Soylent Green (with Charlton Heston); Andromeda Strain; Jo Jo dancer, Your Life is Calling (with Richard Pryor); and Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored, among other films.

Her TV credits included Sanford and Son; The Carol Burnett Show; Kojak; Good Times; and The Richard Pryor Show. She also played a voodoo priestess/housekeeper in an episode of The Golden Girls.

Kelly was nominated for an EMMY Award for her recurring role as Liz Williams on the first season of the TV sitcom Night Court.

Kelly was married to TV director Don Chaffey (Charlie's Angels). They had one child together before he died of a heart attack in 1990.
 

James Avery, the actor who played Uncle Phil in the long-running TV sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has died of complications following open heart surgery in Los Angeles. He was 65.

Avery was reportedly in poor health for years prior to his death.

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