Actress starred in Sanford and Son

Marlene Clark — who played Lamont’s fiancee Janet on the 1970s sitcom Sanford and Son and Ganja Meda in the 1973 horror film Ganja & Hess — has died.

Clark passed away at her home in Los Angeles on May 18, her friend Tamara Lynch said The Hollywood Reporter.

She died on the same day as her “Slaughter” co-star and NFL legend Jim Brown at the age of 87.

Her cause of death was not immediately known.

“RIP, beautiful actress Marlene Clark. . . It was a pleasure working with you…” Demond Wilson, who played Lamont Sanford, tweeted on Tuesday.

Wilson gave December 19, 1949 as his date of birth. The Hollywood Reporter reported that she was born on December 19, 1937 in Harlem.

Clark worked as a model before turning to acting.

Her first major film was 1968’s For Love of Ivy, opposite Sidney Poitier.

She then appeared in 1969’s “Putney Swope” directed by Robert Downey Sr.; “The Landlord” in 1970; as well as “Slaughter” and “Night of the Cobra Woman” in 1972.

Other notable works include Enter the Dragon (1973), The Beast Must Die (1974), and Switchblade Sisters (1975).

The Hollywood Reporter noted that she gave up acting in the late 1980s and became a restaurant manager in Venice Beach, California. She had also opened her own clothing store.

Clark was married to Star Wars actor Billy Dee Williams from 1968 to 1971. The Post contacted a Williams representative for comment.

Caroline Bleakley

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