Marla Gibbs worried fans when she stopped talking and closed her eyes during her speech at the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday

By Ally Mauch
July 21, 2021 03:30 PM
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Marla Gibbs has recovered after becoming overheated during her speech at her Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony this week.

The legendary actress, known for her roles in The Jeffersons and 227, received her Walk of Fame star on Tuesday. However, a few minutes into the speech, Gibbs, 90, closed her eyes and stopped talking, per a livestream of the event. 

Her son quickly rushed to her side and helped her sit down, at which point the crowd erupted in supportive cheers for Gibbs. 

"She loves you all and thank you all very much," her son said into the microphone. "God bless you." 

Her daughter later went up to the podium to let viewers and attendees know that Gibbs needed a moment "to cool down" in the nearly 90-degree heat. 

Marla Gibbs Honored With Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame
Credit: Amy Sussman/Getty

On Wednesday, a rep for Gibbs told PEOPLE that Gibbs is now "doing well."

"Marla was overwhelmed with all the love and support she received and got overheated," his statement said. "She just needed a few minutes to cool down. She is so full of gratitude and doing well now."

Her rep added to Entertainment Weekly that the actress had a "great time at the after-party."

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Gibbs also spoke out herself following the incident, telling ABC 7 that she was simply "overwhelmed" by the day.

"I never thought it would happen, but here it is," she said. "I just got overwhelmed for a minute. I haven't been excited until this moment!"

Marla Gibbs Honored With Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame
Credit: Amy Sussman/Getty

Before it got cut short, Gibbs' speech included a special shout-out to Norman Lear, who created The Jeffersons

"It's only because of you that they know me," Gibbs said to Lear, 98. "Thank you so much." 

She continued, "And thank you to all of you who have been fans of The Jeffersons and 227. We love you and it's because you watched us that we were able to excel, and I'm able to be here today. Thank you. And I want to give special thanks to my daughter and my grandson for all the hard work that went into putting this event together."