Beloved American TV star ISABEL STANFORD has died at a Los Angeles hospital. She was 86.

The actress, who won legions of fans as WEEZIE in long-running sitcom THE JEFFERSONS, died this morning (12JUL04) of natural causes.

Stanford was also known for her portrayal of TILLIE, the maid to SPENCER TRACY and Katharine Hepburn's characters in GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER.

Sanford was honoured with a star on the HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME earlier this year (04).

13/07/2004 00:08