Credit: Ja’net Dubois and Janet Jackson on the set of “Good Times”; CBS Photo Archive/Getty ImagesCelebrities and fans alike are paying their respects to Good Times actress, Ja’net DuBois, who died on Tuesday at the age of 74.
Best known for her role as Willona Woods on the popular 70s sitcom, the beloved TV actress was also an accomplished singer-songwriter who composed and performed the iconic theme song to The Jeffersons.
In a touching Instagram post, Janet Jackson, who played DuBois’ adopted daughter Penny on Good Times, shared a recent photo of her with Dubois.
“I saw first hand how she broke stereotypes and changed the landscape for Black women in entertainment. I’m grateful in recent years I had a chance to see her and create more lasting memories,” she wrote. “I pray for comfort for all her family and friends.”
SNL star Leslie Jones shared a clip from one of her favorite scenes of DuBois, writing, “Damn Damn Damn!! We lost a real one!”
Meanwhile, Viola Davis shared a photo from the Live in Front of a Studio Audience set last year, where Dubois posed alongside some of the cast from the live recreation of the classic sitcom.
“Oh man!!! Just saw you! What a pleasure it was to meet you,” she tweeted. “You shaped so much of the best memories of my childhood! God bless you, Ja’net DuBois!”
GMA co-anchor Robin Roberts remembered watching DuBois with her family and shared a tribute to the actress’ life and legacy.
As previously reported, the two-time Emmy Award winner for her voice-over work on the animated series, The PJs, and in 1969, winner of a Peabody Award for the CBS children’s movie, J.T., Dubois also played Momma Bosely in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and was a series regular on The Wayans Bros. Other notable TV credits include guest starring roles on Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper, Everybody Loves Raymond, Touched By An Angel, and Moesha.
Dubois is survived by her three children: Yovanne Dubois, Burghardt Dubois and Rani DuBois.
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