August 5, 1938 or
August 5, 1945
Brooklyn, New York, U.S. or
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Known for||Good Times, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, The PJs|
Jeannette Dubois (born August 5, 1938 or 1945) (sources differ), known professionally as Ja'Net DuBois, Ja'net DuBois, and Ja'Net Du Bois[n 1] (/ /), is an American actress, singer–songwriter and dancer. DuBois is best known for her portrayal of Willona Woods, the neighborhood gossip maven and the Evans' family friend on the sitcom Good Times which originally aired from 1974 to 1979. DuBois additionally co–wrote and sang the theme song "Movin' on Up" for The Jeffersons which originally aired from 1975 until 1985.
Early life and career
Born in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, or in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (sources differ), the daughter of Lillian Dubois, DuBois began her acting career in theater during the early 1960s, appearing in Golden Boy with Sammy Davis Jr. and Louis Gossett Jr. and A Raisin in the Sun. DuBois' early television acting credits include the 1969 television movie J.T. and the long–television soap opera Love of Life, on which her 1970–1972 role as Loretta Allen made her the first African–American female as a regular cast-member on a daytime serial.' In 1970, DuBois appeared in her first film, playing Vera in Diary of a Mad Housewife.
Television producer Norman Lear saw DuBois in Lanford Wilson's play The Hot l Baltimore at the Mark Taper Forum, which led to her being cast in the 1974–1979 CBS comedy series Good Times. DuBois recorded the album Again, Ja'Net DuBois, on her Peanuts and Caviar label, in 1983. DuBois appeared in former Good Times co-star Janet Jackson's 1987 "Control" music video as her mother. In 1992, she co-starred with Clifton Davis in And I Still Rise, a play written and directed by Maya Angelou. She co-starred in the films I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), and on television in Moesha, The Steve Harvey Show, A Different World, and The Wayans Bros..
In 1995, DuBois won a CableAce award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the Lifetime movie "Other Women Children". In 2000, DuBois served as Grand mMrshal for the North Amityville Community Parade and Festival Day in Amityville, New York. She won won two Emmy Awards for her voiceover work on the animated program The PJs (1999). DuBois with the cast of Good Times received The Impact Icon Award at the 2006 TV Land Awards.
- Queen of the Highway (Som Livre, 1980)
- Hidden Treasures (Peanuts & Caviar Internationale, 2007)
Film and television
|1966||A Man Called Adam||Martha|
|1970–72||Love of Life (unknown episodes)||Loretta Allen|
|1972||Sanford and Son (1 episode)||Juanita|
|1973||Five on the Black Hand Side||Stormy Monday|
|1973||Shaft (1 episode)||Diana Richie|
|1973||The Blue Knight||Celia Louise|
|1974–79||Good Times (133 episodes)||Willona Woods|
|1974||Kojak (1 episode)||Paula Thomas|
|1975||Caribe (1 episode)||Melinda Jameson|
|1977||A Piece of the Action||Nellie Bond|
|1979||Roots: The Next Generations||Sally Harvey|
|1980||The Love Boat (1 episode)||Evelyn Hopkins|
|1981||Hellinger's Law||Dottie Singer|
|1981||The Facts of Life (1 episode)||Ethel (Tootie's grandmother)|
|1981||The Sophisticated Gents||Onetha Wiggins|
|1983||The Tom Swift and Linda Craig Mystery Hour||Mrs. Gorman|
|1987||Kids Like These||Mrs. Page|
|1988||I'm Gonna Git You Sucka||Ma Bell|
|1989||Nearly Departed (1 episode)||Clerk|
|1990||Penny Ante: The Motion Picture||Aunt|
|1990||Heart Condition||Mrs. Stone|
|1990||New Attitude (1 episode)||Irma|
|1990||Doctor Doctor (1 episode)||Ella Wilkes|
|1990||Hammer, Slammer, & Slade||Joanne Wilson|
|1991||A Different World (1 episode)||Brenda Hanes|
|1991||True Colors (1 episode)||May Freeman|
|1991||Dream On (1 episode)||June|
|1992||Beverly Hills, 90210 (1 episode)||Arlene|
|1992-93||The Golden Palace (2 episodes)||Louise Wilson|
|1993||Harlan & Merleen||Maxine|
|1994||Sister, Sister (1 episode)||Mom O'Danielle|
|1994||Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (1 episode)||Dorothy Cooper|
|1991/1995||Home Improvement (2 episodes)||Carol|
|1995||ER (1 episode)||Macy Chamberlain|
|1996||Sophie & the Moonhanger||Agnes|
|1996||Don't Look Back||Mrs. Lawson|
|1997||Moesha (1 episode)||Mrs. Moss|
|1997||Touched by an Angel (1 episode)||Esther Hamilton|
|1996–1998||The Wayans Bros. (10 episodes)||Grandma Ellington|
|1995||Martin (1 episode)||Herself|
|1998||Best Friends for Life||Katie Pegues|
|1999||Clueless (1 episode)||Mrs. Davenport|
|1999||Hard Time: Hostage Hotel||Lefty, Logan's Assistant|
|1999–2001||The PJs (42 episodes)||Mrs. Florence Avery|
|2000||The Steve Harvey Show (1 episode)||Delores|
|2000||Everybody Loves Raymond (1 episode)||Dottie|
|2000/2002||As Told by Ginger (2 episodes)||Mrs. Patterson|
|2003||Boomtown (1 episode)||Denise Smith|
|2003||One on One (1 episode)||Queen Esther|
|2003||Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle||Momma Bosley|
|2006||Crossing Jordan (1 episode)||Mrs. Jones|
|2007||Random! Cartoons (1 episode)||Mom|
|2007||Cold Case (1 episode)||Edna Johnson|
|2011||G.I. Joe: Renegades||Grams Hinton|
|2016||She's Got a Plan||Betty Angelo|
Awards and nominations
|1998||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Touched by an Angel||Nominated|
|1999||Primetime Emmy||Outstanding Voice-Over Performance||The PJs||Won|
|2001||Primetime Emmy||Outstanding Voice-Over Performance||The PJs||Won|
|2006||TV Land||Image Award||Good Times||Won|
- Capitalization of "n" in first name is uncertain in Good Times title card, which credits her in capital letters "JA'NET du BOIS". Last name is given as two words, with "du" lowercase.
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This native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania...
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Born August 5, 1945 (some sources cite 1938), in Philadelphia, PA.
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