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Jeannette Theresa Dubois was an American singer and actor.
Jeannette Theresa Dubois was also known as Ja'Net DuBois, Ja'net DuBois, and Ja'Net Du Bois. She has a successful career on the CBS sitcom comedy 'Good Times', which aired from 1974-1979.
She was most remembered for her performance as Willona Woods, the community gossip maven and a buddy of the Evans family. Ja'Net DuBois also co-wrote and sang the theme song 'Movin' On Up' for 'The Jeffersons', which ran from 1975 through 1985. Ja'Net DuBois began her theatrical career in the early '60s and continued to act on television series and in films until the mid-2010s.
Ja'Net DuBois earns a lot of money and is well-known in the entertainment industry as a TV and film actress. Her net worth is now estimated to be $2 million.
Ja'Net DuBois earns a lot from her acting career. She has voiceover work in many animated series.
Ja'net Dubois was 5 ft 5 in (166 cm) tall.
Ja'Net DuBoi died on February 17, 2020. Her exact age at the time of death is not known.
Jeannette Theresa DuBois was born in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. She grew up in Amityville, New York, the daughter of Lillian Gouedy and Gordon Adelbert DuBois.
DuBois started her professional life in the theatre in the '60s era. She made her way to the broadway debut in a short drama named 'The Long Dream'. This drama made a minimal run of only four days in the month of February 1960 in the city of California. She performed with Louis Gossett Jr. in the play 'A Raisin In The Sun', albeit not in the original Broadway production.
After her participation in the play named 'The Blacks' she became a fit candidate for the role of Gertrude Jeannette's housekeeper. This was a character in the comedy 'Nobody Loves An Albatross'. This play was shown in June 1964. DuBois then starred in a musical on broadway named, 'Golden Boy'. The co-stars were Billy Daniels, Sammy Davis Jr., Johnny Brown, and Lola Falana. Janet DuBois played Anna, Davis' character's sister, for the whole initial run, which lasted from October 1964-March 1966.
In 1950, Ja'Net DuBois married Sajit Gupta. By April 1959, A DuBois had divorced Gupta. DuBois and Gupta had four children together: Rani Gupta, Provat Gupta, Raj Kristo Gupta, and Kesha Gupta-Fields. Provat works as a basketball coach in California. DuBois was romantically connected with actor Brock Peters in 1959.
The beginning of Janet DuBois's television career comprises the 1969 television film 'J.T.'. Followed by the broad television soap opera 'Love Of Life'. DuBois played Loretta Allen in the soap opera from 1970 to 1972, and she was renowned among the first African–American female main cast members in a daytime series. Prior to this part, DuBois played Vera in 'Diary Of A Mad Housewife', which was released in 1970. Following her debut, DuBois was cast in the character of Stormy Monday in 'Five On The Black Hand Side'. It was a 1973 comedy, with Clarice Taylor, D'Urville Martin, and Glynn Turman. Janet DuBois then featured in Lanford Wilson's drama 'The Hotel Baltimore' in 1973.
In an incident, television producer Norman Lear saw Dubois preform at the Mark Taper Forum while she was in the play. After seeing DuBois' performance, Lear put her in his CBS comedy 'Good Times' as Wilona Woods, a friend of the Evans family, and Florida Evans' (depicted by Esther Rolle) best friend and neighbor. DuBois starred in the show from February 1974 till the end in July 1979.
DuBois was a cast member along with Rolle and John Amos. Rolle took a short leave at the beginning of the fifth season in 1977. This is when DuBois was offered the series lead. While in 1978, Janet had to DuBois resume her side role.
In 1979 once DuBois completed 'Good Times', she released the album 'Again'. In 1983, Ja'Net DuBois released it under her Peanuts and Caviar label. DuBois played the mother in former 'Good Times' co-star Janet Jackson, 1987 'Control' music video. She co-starred alongside Clifton Davis in Maya Angelou's play 'And I Still Rise', written and directed by Angelou, in 1992. DuBois appeared in 'I'm Gonna Git You Sucka' (1988) and 'Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle' (2003), as well as 'Moesha', 'The Steve Harvey Show', 'A Different World', 'Touched By An Angel', and 'The Wayans Bros'.
Ja'Net DuBois was the Grand Marshal at the North Amityville Community Parade and Fest Day in Amityville, New York in 2000. DuBois was an elite member of the sorority Zeta Phi Beta, New york.
Ja'Net DuBois earned a CableACE Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1995 for her performance in the Lifetime movie 'Other Women's Children'. In 1999 and 2001, DuBois received a nomination for Primetime Emmy awards for her voice performance on the animated series 'The PJs'. At the 2006 TV Land Awards, DuBois and the cast of 'Good Times' earned The Impact Icon Award.
DuBois ran the Ja'net DuBois Academy of Theater Arts and Sciences, an arts and music school for youths on Long Island, New York, in the '80s. She loved to sing, she had helped make the theme song for 'The Jeffersons'.
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