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Actress on ‘Dallas’, ‘The Jeffersons At 71 – Deadline

Bruce Haring

Roseanna Christiansenwho played Teresa, the Southfork ranch maid, in the final nine seasons of the original dallas on CBS, died July 14. She was 71 and died at Antelope Valley Medical Center in Lancaster, California. No cause of death was given.

Christiansen joined dallas in 1982 for its sixth season, remaining until the 14th and final season in 1991. She appeared in 112 episodes.

Before his long stint on dallasshe appeared on the CBS sitcom The Jeffersons for three episodes. She again portrayed a maid during the show’s 1981 season. She replaced Florence (Marla Gibbs), who left the series for the spin-off Registration. Gibbs returned to the series when this adventure only lasted four episodes.

Her character, Carmen, was hired by George (Sherman Hemsley) and Louise (Isabel Sanford) from Florence (Marla Gibbs) leave. In reality, Gibbs was out to star in her own spin-off, Registrationbut that sitcom only lasted four episodes, paving the way for Gibbs to return to her maid duties on The Jeffersons.

Originally from New York, she appeared in an off-off-Broadway play with her brother, Victor, when she was 9 years old. Christiansen moved to Los Angeles in 1973, with The Jeffersons being his first break.

Survivors include her husband, Steven Rizzo, her children Josiah and Grace, and her sister, Elba.

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