Rolle has been nominated for many awards in her life time such as a Golden Globe for Best TV Actress for a Musical/Comedy (1975), an Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (1998), and a TV Land Award for Favorite Made for TV Maid (2004).
Her last movie role was a in the movie-Train with Russell Hornsby and MC Lyte. It was not released until 2005 on DVD.
She is a diabetic.
Even though she and John Amos played husband and wife on Good Times, Esther Rolle was much older than he was (she was 53 when Good Times premiered, while John Amos was only 32.).