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Ja'net Dubois
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Dubois as Willona Woods on Good Times, 1975.
BornJeannette Dubois
August 5, 1945 (age 69)
BrooklynNew YorkU.S.
Years active1966–2011
Jeannette "Ja'net" Dubois (pronounced jâ·nā dü·bô; born August 5, 1945) is an American actress and singer. Dubois is perhaps best known for her portrayal of the wise-cracking, gossip maven Willona Woods on the 1970s sitcom Good Times. She also co-wrote and sang the theme song of the sitcom The Jeffersons.

Life and career

Dubois was born in Brooklyn, New York. 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). She usually found herself playing roles which made her seem much older than she was. For example, when Good Times premiered in 1974 she was 29, a few years older than Jimmie Walker, while the show made her out to be much closer in age to Esther Rolle, who was 53 at the time. Also, according to most sources, Rolle enjoyed working with Du'Bois, just fine, despite a 25 year age difference. After John Amos' character, Evans family father, James Evans, was killed on the series, Du'Bois's acting mentor didn't like the way the writers took the show to a different direction, hence, Rolle left, making DuBois the de facto star of the series, alongside Walker.[1] 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 inGood 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 two Emmy Awards for her voiceover work on the animated PROGRAM The PJs.

Film and television

1966A Man Called AdamMartha
1969J.T.Rodeen GAMBLE
1970–1972Love of Life (unknown episodes)Loretta Allen
1972Sanford and Son (1 episode)Juanita
1973The Resolution of Mossie Wax
1973Five on the Black Hand SideStormy Monday
1973Shaft (1 episode)Diana Richie
1973The Blue KnightCelia Louise
1974–1979Good Times (127 episodes)Willona Woods
1974Kojak (1 episode)Paula Thomas
1975Caribe (1 episode)Melinda Jameson
1977A Piece of the ActionNellie Bond
1979Roots: The Next GenerationsSally Harvey
1980The Love Boat (1 episode)Evelyn Hopkins
1981Hellinger's LawDottie Singer
1981The Facts of Life (1 episode)Ethel, Tootie's Grandmother
1981The Sophisticated GentsOnetha Wiggins
1983The Tom Swift and Linda Craig Mystery HourMrs. Gorman
1985Crazy Like a Fox (1 episode)
1987Kids Like TheseMrs. Page
1988Houston Knights (1 episode)
1988I'm Gonna Git You SuckaMa Bell
1989Nearly Departed (1 episode)Clerk
1990Penny Ante: The Motion PictureAunt
1990Heart ConditionMrs. Stone
1990New Attitude (1 episode)Irma
1990Doctor Doctor (1 episode)Ella Wilkes
1990Hammer, Slammer, & SladeJoanne Wilson
1991A Different World (1 episode)Brenda Hanes
1991True Colors (1 episode)May Freeman
1991Dream On (1 episode)June
1992Beverly Hills, 90210 (1 episode)Arlene
1992,1993The Golden Palace (2 episodes)Louise Wilson
1993Harlan & MerleenMaxine
1994Sister, Sister (1 episode)Mother O'Dantelle
1994Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (1 episode)Dorothy Cooper
1991,1995Home Improvement (2 episodes)Carol / ...
1995ER (1 episode)Macy Chamberlain
1995Magic IslandLucretia
1996Sophie & the MoonhangerAgnes
1996Don't Look BackMrs. Lawson
1997Moesha (1 episode)Mrs. Moss
1997Touched by an Angel (1 episode)Esther Hamilton
1996–1998The Wayans Bros. (10 episodes)various roles
1995Martin: All The Players CameHerself
1998Best Friends for LifeKatie Pegues
1998Hard TimeLefty
1999WaterproofViola Battle
1999Clueless (1 episode)Mrs. Davenport
1999Hard Time: Hostage HotelLefty, Logan's Assistant
1999–2001The PJs (42 episodes)Mrs. Florence Avery
2000The Steve Harvey Show (1 episode)Delores
2000Everybody Loves Raymond (1 episode)Dottie
2000,2002As Told by Ginger (2 episodes)Mrs. Patterson
2003Boomtown (1 episode)Denise Smith
2003One on One (1 episode)Queen Esther
2003Charlie's Angels: Full ThrottleMomma Bosley
2004WaterproofViola Battle
2006Crossing Jordan (1 episode)Mrs. Jones
2007Random! Cartoons (1 episode)Mom
2007Cold Case (1 episode)Edna Johnson
2011G.I. Joe: RenegadesGrams Hinton