Fans might remember the ‘Good Times’ show that first aired in 1974 and ran until 1980. It quickly became a TV favorite, that followed the struggles that Florida and James Evans had in raising their children.
Besides, who could forget JJ, the artist; Thelma, known as the voice of reason or Michael… oh, Michael.
Another fan-favorite among the cast members was Ja’net DuBois, who played the role of Willona Woods. The 74-year-old actress was sadly found dead on Tuesday morning after dying “unexpectedly” while sleeping in her home in Glendale, California.
A report claims that she was in otherwise good health before passing away, and it isn’t clear who found her body that morning. It wasn’t that long ago that she was seen standing along with her old ‘Good Times’ cast members Jimmie Walker, Ralph Carter, BernNadette Stanis and Johnny Brown on Feb 1 for the 2020 Hollywood Show in Burbank.
DuBois wasn’t only known for the time she spent on “Good Times”. She was also known for singing and co-writing the famous “Movin’ on Up” theme song from “The Jeffersons” show, which aired from 1975 to 1985 on CBS.
TV Land remembers “Good Times” star Ja’net Dubois. In addition to being the Evans family’s lovable neighbor, Willona, Dubois composed and sang “Movin’ on Up” the iconic theme song for “The Jeffersons.” She was 74 and will be missed.
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DuBois was an accomplished actress, singer, and writer who earned two Emmy Awards while working as a voiceover artist on the Eddie Murphy animated series, “The PJ’s”, which aired from 1999 to 2001 on Fox.
She also had many guest-starring roles in famous sitcoms such as “The Love Boat,” “ER,” “Everybody Loves Ramond,” “A Different World,” “Home Improvement,” “The Facts of Life,” “Moesha,” “Cold Case” and “Touched by an Angel.”
You might also remember Ja’net DuBois from her big-screen appearances, including “I’m Gonna Get You Sucka” in 1988, “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” in 2003 and “Tropic Thunder” in 2008.
She even starred on Broadway under the stage name, Jeanette DuBois, appearing in “Golden Boy” from 1964 to 1966 alongside Sammy Davis Jr. She truly never learned how to stop smoking, because she was smokin’.
Ja’net DuBois is survived by her three children, Yovanne DuBois, Burghardt DuBois and Rani DuBois, who also had roles on “What’s Happening!!” and “Good Times.”