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Kim Hamilton AITF

Kim Hamilton appeared in the role of Helen in the episode "Lionel's Engagement" in Season 5.

Helen Willis
Helen Willis
Helen Willis, played by Roxie Roker in the Season 5 episode "The Jeffersons Move On Up", which was also The Jeffersons pilot episode.
Personal Information
Gender: Female
Ethnicity Black (of Jamaican descent)
Occupation/
Career:
Housewife, mother and social worker
Spouse(s): Tom Willis, married 1953
Related to: Allan Willis (son)
Jenny Willis-Jefferson (daughter)
Jessica Jefferson (granddaughter)
Character information
Appeared on: All In The Family
Episodes appeared in: Season 5 episode "The Jeffersons Move On Up", also The Jeffersons pilot episode
Character played by: Kim Hamilton/Roxie Roker
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Helen Willis (née Douglas) (portrayed first by Kim Hamilton in the AITF episode "Lionel's Engagement", then by Roxie Roker in the episode "The Jeffersons Move On Up") Louise's best friend and George's worst nightmare. By the time of the end of The Jeffersons series,  Helen had been married to Tom Willis for 34 years. Tom is white, and Helen is black; this would later serve as a renowned aspect of The Jeffersons series. George, disliking racially mixed-marriages, constantly called both Helen and Tom "zebra" or "chocolate and vanilla". Helen often strikes back by calling him "shorty." As well, George enjoys calling Tom "honky", but he learned to get along with the two in later years during the sitcom. In the fourth season, Helen works with Louise as volunteers at a service facility called "The Help Center", which opened in 1977. There is also a mention that she and Louise were the editors of the center's newsletter, a post the two decide to share after the drama of episode 67. Helen and Tom have two children: Jennifer "Jenny" Willis (Berlinda Tolbert) and Allan Willis (first played by Andrew Rubin then Jay Hammer).

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