Bern Nadette Stanis

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Bern Nadette Stanis
Born Bernadette Stanislaus
(1956-12-22) December 22, 1956 (age 58)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Other names BernNadette Stanis
Education Juilliard School
Occupation Actress, Author
Years active 1974–present
Spouse(s) Kevin Fontana (m. 1981) (2 children)[1]

Bern Nadette Stanis (born Bernadette Stanislaus; December 22, 1956) is an American actress and author. She is best known for her role as Thelma Evans, the middle child and only daughter of Florida and James Evans, Sr. on the CBS sitcom Good Times (1974–1979). She is the author of two books, Situations 101: Relationships, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly and a collection of her poetry For Men Only. Her latest appeararance was on TV One's show Life After.

Early life[edit]

Bernadette Stanislaus was born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, to Eula and Gregory Stanislaus. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School.[2][3]


Stanis played the role of Thelma Evans on Good Times from 1974 to 1979. After Good Times ended, she made appearances on several television shows, including The Cosby Show and What's Happening Now!!. She and former co-star Jimmie Walker lent their voices to a radio spot for AT&T. Stanis was most recently seen in a Nationwide Insurance commercial. Stanis has been featured in several promotions for the TV One network. She appeared in a "Thelma" promotion that aired on September 19, 2009 alongside actress Anna Maria Horsford in the "Battle of the Thelmas" that specifically aired their weddings from their respective TV series (Horsford portrayed "Thelma Frye" in the TV series Amen). During the "Way Black Then" promotions in February 2010 (in honor of Black History Month), both she and Walker appeared on the 30-minute program Color TV to share their memories and thoughts on Good Times.

Personal life[edit]

Stanis was married to Tom Fauntleroy in the 1970s, and has been married to Kevin Fontana since 1981. They have two children, Dior Ravel and Brittany Rose.[4]



Year Show Role Notes
1974–1979 Good Times Thelma Evans Anderson 133 episodes
1980 The Love Boat Jane Reeves Episode: "Invisible Maniac/September Song/Peekaboo"
1985 What's Happening Now!! Marcie Episode: "Married or Not"
1987 Bustin' Loose Ms. Fisher Episode: "I Paint What I See"
1991 The Cosby Show Carolyn Thompson Episode: "Adventures in Babysitting"
1997 The Good News Audrey Episode: "The Baby on the Door Step"
The Wayans Bros. Thelma Evans Episode: "Unspoken Token"
1999 The Parent 'Hood L'Tonya Episode: "Mommy Dearest"
2003 Girlfriends as Herself


Year Film Role Notes
2000 Hidden Blessings Jackson's Lawyer
2004 Land of the Free? Psychiatrist
Still 'Bout It Aunt Tee Dee
2006 The Engagement: My Phamily BBQ 2 Mrs. Clark
2009 CAUTION! Heartache Ahead Vera
The Adventures of Umbweki Usahnisa
In the Midnight Hours Cheryl
2010 N-Secure Dr. Heather


  1. ^ Biography at
  2. ^ Witbeck, Charles (May 30, 1975). "'Good Times' Teen No Longer Hiding". Boca Raton News. KFS. 
  3. ^ Markoutsas, Elaine (January 5, 1976). "Thelma Of 'Good Times' Moving Ahead". Toledo Blade.  (originally published in Chicago Tribune, 28 December 1975)
  4. ^

    Bernadette Stanis at the Notable Names Database

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