Ja’Net DuBois, ‘Good Times’ star, dies at 74

Ja’Net DuBois, an on-screen character who left her stamp on TV playing darling neighbor Willona Woods on “Good Times” and the voice behind the signature melody to “The Jeffersons,” has died, as per Kesha Fields, DuBois’ most youthful little girl. She was 74.

DuBois died calmly in her rest Monday at her home in Glendale, California, Fields said.

Her death was surprising as she had no basic medical problems, her little girl included.

DuBois had a vocation that started in the late ’60s, yet she got one of exemplary TV’s most cherished figures on account of her job on “Good Times,” a side project following characters from the TV show “Maude.” The arrangement, from Norman Lear, Eric Monte and Mike Evans, ran for six seasons from 1974-1979.

BernNadette Stanis, Ben Powers, Jimmie Walker, Ralph Carter, Ja'Net DuBois and Janet Jackson in "Good Times."

BernNadette Stanis, Ben Powers, Jimmie Walker, Ralph Carter, Ja’Net DuBois and Janet Jackson in “Good Times.”

“If you got an opportunity to know her and survived the expressions of her melody or just watched her infectious giggling soul, each time she strolled through the entryway on the arrangement of ‘Good Times,’ that was her. She was easily depicting a character since that was her soul,” Fields told CNN.

A practiced theater and music entertainer, DuBois co-composed and performed “Movin’ On Up,” the signature tune to “The Jeffersons.”

Fields said DuBois composed the melody “as a gift to her mom for all the guarantees she made to her when she was more youthful – what she would do when she arrived at a specific degree of stardom.”

After the finish of “Good Times,” DuBois’ acting profession proceeded with visitor jobs on shows like “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper,” “Home Improvement,” “ER,” and “Moesha.”

She additionally showed up in “The Wayans Bros.” and was a piece of the voice ability on Eddie Murphy’s “The PJs” animated arrangement, a job for which she won two primetime Emmy Awards.

DuBois is made due by three kids Provat, Rani, and Kesha and “a large group of grandkids,” said Fields.

DuBois as of late made an appearance on an exceptional as a major aspect of ABC’s “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: ‘All in the Family’ and ‘Good Times’,” which saw scenes of the exemplary sitcoms revamped with new on-screen characters.

On Instagram, Janet Jackson, who was one of DuBois’s co-stars on “Good Times,” paid tribute to the actress.
“I saw first hand how she broke stereotypes and changed the landscape for Black women in entertainment,” Jackson wrote. “I’m grateful in recent years I had a chance to see her and create more lasting memories. I pray for comfort for all her family and friends. Thank you Ja’Net, I’ll miss you.”