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Gibb’s theatrical vision sinks under pile of debt

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Marla Gibbs says her vision for a theater didn't pan out, and the venture cost her about $2.5 million.

"I had a vision and I just wasn't able to complete it," a dejected Gibbs said Wednesday in Los Angeles. "This is a sore, an open sore."Gibbs, who co-starred on the television sitcoms "The Jeffersons" and "227," lost her Vision Theater Complex in June, after a fund-raising effort failed to raise enough money to retire about $250,000 in bank debt.

The 1,000-seat theater has played host to a variety of people, including Hillary Rodham Clinton, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan, poet Maya Angelou and singer Nancy Wilson.