Fans of groundbreaking 70’s sitcom ‘Good Times’ were stunned when reports surfaced the show’s star Ja’net Dubois (famous for her role as “Willona”) was found dead in her California home Tuesday (February 18).
An Emmy-winning actress, Dubois (aged 74) was also a celebrated singer-songwriter and was credited with penning the theme song to another groundbreaking 70’s sitcom – ‘The Jeffersons.’
As fans, admirers, and former co-stars of her many television projects extended their condolences to the late screen legend’s family, Pop queen Janet Jackson – who shared screen time with Dubois on ‘Good Times’ when she portrayed her adopted daughter “Penny” – joined the chorus by sharing her sympathy on social media.
See what she said inside:
“I am so very saddened to hear my longtime friend Ja’Net DuBois has passed away. 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. I pray for comfort for all her family and friends.
Thank you Ja’Net, I’ll miss you.”
Jackson wasn’t the only ‘Good Times’ star to express her sadness. Bern Nadette Stanis, who portrayed “Thelma” on the series, also took to Instagram to say:
In December 2019, DuBois reunited with her former castmates Amos, Bern Nadette Stanis, and Jimmy Walker for ABC’s Live in Front of A Studio Audience. Although she didn’t reprise the role that made her a household name, she was dancing and clapping at a dress rehearsal attended by EW as audience members cheered to see them all together again on the recreated set [source].