Good Times’ Actress Ja’Net DuBois dies at 74

The Willona Woods on “Good Times, Ja’net Dubois died on Tuesday at her home in Glendale, California.

Police in Glendale said they received a report about DuBois’ death late Monday. She appeared to have died in her sleep overnight and no investigation is ongoing, police Sgt. Dan Stubbs said.

The actress starred on the CBS sitcom “Good Times” from 1974 to 1979 as Willona Woods, the next-door neighbor of the Evans family. She went on to appear in a number of film and TV projects, including voicing one of the main characters on the animated series “The PJs.”

DuBois was a veteran actress who began her career in the 1960s and went on to become the first African American woman who was a regular cast member on a daytime serial for the television soap opera “Love of Life.”

 

The actress/singer work on “The PJs” earned her two Emmys for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in 1999 and 2001. She also earned a NAACP Image Award nomination in 1998 for a guest appearance on “Touched by an Angel.

She was credited in numerous other films as varied as “Basic Instinct,” “Next Friday” and “Tropic Thunder,” which used the song “Movin’ on Up.”

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