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Ja'Net DuBois
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Ja'Net DuBois played the role of Willona Woods on the series.
Personal Information
Gender: Female
Birth name: Jeannette Theresa Dubois
Also known as: Jeanette Theresa Calloway-DuBois
Born: (1932-08-05)August 5, 1932
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died February 17, 2020(2020-02-17) (aged 87)
Deathplace: Glendale, California
Career/Family Information
Years active: 1962-2016
Children: 4
Character information
Appeared on: Good Times from Season 1-6
Character played: Willona Woods

Jeannette Theresa "Ja'Net" DuBois (pronounced jâ·nā dü·bô; born August 5, 1932 – February 17, 2020) was an American actress and singer. She played Willona Woods, the wise cracking, gossip, maven next-door neighbor.

Life and career[]

DuBois was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has appeared in a number of other television programs (usually as a guest star), most notably in 1972 during the second season of Sanford and Son as Fred's old flame Juanita in an episode entitled "Sanford and Son and Sister Makes Three" (this appearance got her noticed by Norman Lear, and led to her being cast in Good Times and in films). In 1970, DuBois played the part of a quarrelsome laundress alongside Carrie Snodgrass in the cult classic Diary of a Mad Housewife.

She co-starred in the movie I'm Gonna Git You Sucka and the sitcoms Moesha and The Steve Harvey Show. She played the grandmother on the hit show The Wayans Bros., and appeared in the 2003 movie Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. Among her other credits, she appeared in the 1969 made-for-TV holiday film J.T.. She also appeared in former Good Times co-star Janet Jackson's "Control" music video as her mother. She also appeared in Love of Life between 1970-1972 as Loretta Allen, years prior to starring in Good Times. Dubois won an CableACE Award for her work on the TV movie Other Women's Children based on the novel by Perri Klass, and she also won two Emmy Awards for her voiceover work on the animated program The PJs. She died on February 17, 2020, of cardiac arrest at her residence in Glendale, California.

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