- Ashley S. Young
Rolle, Esther (8 Nov. 1920–17 Nov. 1998), film, television and stage actress, was born in Pompano Beach, Florida, the ninth child (sometimes reported as the tenth) out of eighteen of Jonathan and Elizabeth Dames Rolle. Her parents both emigrated from the Bahamas to live on a ten-acre vegetable farm, where Jonathan Rolle worked as a sharecropper. As a child Rolle was surrounded by performers, as her older siblings formed a dramatic musical group, The Family Circle, and performed skits and songs for family, friends, and at churches and other similar venues. Unfortunately, by the time she was old enough to join the group, they had disbanded. After graduating from Booker T. Washington High School in Miami in the late 1930s, she moved to New York to live with her older sister and continue her education....