Marla Gibbs

Actress, Singer, 5-time Emmy Nominee, Golden Globe Nominee

My Books

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1 Habit to Thrive in a Post – Covid World

After we pass through the devastation of the Covid Pandemic, the World will be a new place in many ways. To thrive in that new World will require forward-thinking and new Habits to put you back on track to a successful future. We reached out to 100 of our best-selling 1 Habit authors and asked them to envision what that World will look like and what Habits people can instill in themselves to not only survive but to thrive like never before. This book will open your mind and heart to ways to create stability and launch your life back onto the success path you are destined for. The best part -- it all happens just 1 Habit at a time.


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1 Habit ™ For Entrepreneurial Success – International #1 Best Seller

What separates struggling small business owners from the powerfully rich? CEO's who seems to have everything working in their favor. They both embody Entrepreneurial Spirits, but one has superior HABITS. Little shifts from mindset to management skills can create stronger leadership, increased revenue, and ultimately serve a bigger impact.

To achieve unimaginable business success and financial wealth, you have to change your Habits to reach the upper echelons of Entrepreneurship.
You must develop a Positive Habitual Entrepreneur Mindset, a way of thinking that comes from learning the best Entrepreneurs' vital lessons.

1 Habit™ for Entrepreneurial Success brought together some of the greatest Entrepreneurial Minds on the Planet and asked them each two simple questions. What is the 1 Habit that has had the most significant impact on your life? What was the 1 un-Habit you needed to get rid of to clear your pathway to success? This book is the result, and the Magic is all you need is 1 Habit to change your life Forever!


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Ms. Marla Gibbs is a five-time Emmy-nominated actress, known for her memorable role as the feisty maid Florence, on the 70’s CBS hit comedy, “The Jeffersons’.

Good habits Lead to the difference you make in the lives of others.

Marla Gibbs
Marla starred in her own sitcom, “227”, which she helped to produce and develop. The show introduced audiences to two loving parents raising their daughter and dealing with real issues. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Marla graduated from Wendell Phillips High School, and then went on to Cortez Peters Business School. Marla moved to Detroit, Michigan with her husband, and had three children, Angela, Jordan and Dorian Gibbs. There she worked for the (DSR) Detroit Street Railways public transportation company before landing a reservationist position with United Airlines. In her personal life, Marla’s home acted as a space for young people to seek advice, counselling, and support through difficult times. An unhappy marriage motivated Marla to transfer from Detroit to Los Angeles which led to tremendous opportunities. In Los Angeles, Marla and her daughter Angela decided to give acting a try. Initially they started studying at PASLA (Performing Arts Society of Los Angeles) where Tatanisha, lead actress from Room 222, was also a member. Ironically, she and Angela would later open a theater and school on the same street three blocks down. Gibbs went on to hone her craft at the Mafundi Institute. While at Mafundi, the Watts Writers Workshop was auditioning for a play. She, Angela, and Roger Mosley were all cast in “Native Son” at Watt’s Writer’s Workshop. Back to Mafundi they appeared in “Happy Days” and “For, by, and about Black People”. Later, Marla heard about the Zodiac theater, run by Margaret Avery and her partner. The Zodiac won a prestigious theater award for “Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie”. Clint Eastwood had attended, and selected Margaret Avery from the stage to be cast in one of his films. So naturally, Marla wanted to test her skills at that workshop. While there she took roles in “The Amen Corner” and “Madea” and while performing in “The Gingerbread Lady”, She heard “The Jefferson’s”, a new sitcom was holding auditions. Her agent, Ernestine McClendon got her a meeting, and the rest is history. Marla’s owned the legendary Los Angeles jazz club, “Memory Lane”, which she changed to “Marla’s Memory Lane”. Marla also received eight NAACP Image Awards, and an Essence Magazine’s “Woman of the Year”. Marla has performed in numerous tv and movie projects such as “ER”, “Cold Case,” “Scandal”, “The First Family”, “NCIS”, “Breaking Bad”, “The Dave Chappelle Show” , “One Fine Christmas” and “Love Jacked”. She also received a daytime Emmy nomination for “Passions”. Marla portrayed Natalie Cole’s mother in the movie “Lily in Winter” and as Hill Harper’s mother in the film, “The Visit”.


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