Whaaat? ‘Weezy’ Had Surprising Real Life Side Hustle That Many Applaud Her For

Posted On : April 19, 2017

8-27 jeffersonsILOSM fam’ we recently learned of this Old School fun fact about actress, Isabel Sanford a.k.a. “Weezy” from The Jeffersons and we wanted to share it with you because we think it’s pretty interesting.

Sanford had a side hustle that she started after she became a TV superstar on The Jeffersons and let’s just say she was determined to keep her “piece of the Pi-i-ie” (Okay I couldn’t resist singing that one…I really dig that theme song). Scroll down to peep “Weezy’s” business savvy…
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Isabelle SanfordSide Hustle was Highly Inspired By “The Jeffersons”

After The Jeffersons became a huge success, Isabel Sanford moved on up to her very own $200,000 LA condo “in the sky” and capitalized off of her TV fame by opening up the exact same type of business that earned “Weezy” and “George Jefferson” that high rise Manhattan condo and plush lifestyle on the show. She owned a dry-cleaning business. And get this – the name of it was “Weezy’s!” Smart move, right? Isabel’s marketing skills and business sense were on point.
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She Ran A Family Owned Operation

Her son, Sanford K. Sanford, ran “Weezy’s Dry Cleaning” and Isabel sat back, invested and collected those checks. Word on the Old School curb is that business was booming for Sanford and her family back then.

Isabel Sanfords son, Sanford K. Sanford and her daughter, Pamela
Isabel Sanford’s son, Sanford K. Sanford and her daughter, Pamela

Here are a few more facts many didn’t know about Isabel Sanford:
1. She had a rough marriage- her husband, William Edward “Sonny” Richmond, at a young age and they had a really rocky relationship and separated soon after their three children were born. Here’s what was reported in an interview she did with People Magazine:

Marriage to a house painter shortly after high school graduation resulted in three children in quick succession, Pamela, Eric and Sanford—”I felt like an assembly line”—and a separation after only a few years. “The children didn’t miss him much, and I just let it go at that,” she shrugs. “He was weak and I was an ambitious young woman.” She proved it by acting at night in church groups while working as a $49-a-week keypunch operator at a welfare office.

Isabel SanfordAfter leaving her husband in New York and moving to Cali with her three kids, her husband William Edward “Sonny” Richmond, died after he was involved in an altercation with someone.

2. She’s the only one of her siblings to survive–  was the only one of her parents’ James Edward and Josephine Sanford, seven children to actually survive past infancy. She was the last born and her other siblings probably were not healthy enough to make it. So sad.

3. Isabel’s mother dd not want her to become an actress- Her mother was extremely religious and made her daughter go to church every Sunday and sometimes on weeknights. When Isabel was a teen, she told her Mom that she wanted to become an actress, but her Mother was not having that, and forbade her to follow her dream because her Mom believed that a career in entertainment was “the road to degradation.” Isabel still followed her own mind, pursued her dream and got her start performing in local clubs…even working her way up to the Apollo Theater.8-27 weezy7

Disobeying Her Parent Paid Off

Usually parents know what’s best for their child, but we’re glad Isabel Sanford actually disobeyed her Mom’s rules that one time, or else we would have never had the opportunity to have the loving and powerful Mother TV figure that we came to love as “Weezy.” We also would have never gotten to hear her yell out in her signature raspy voice “George!” Isabel Sanford passed away on July 9, 2004 at the age of 87, after falling ill from a neck surgery she had a week prior. In the end, her life came full circle and it was well fulfilled. Job well done Ms. Sanford, continue to rest well.

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