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Ja'net DuBois

Ja'Net is a multi-talented and diverse performer. She grew up in Brooklyn, NY and began her career on Broadway. She has appeared in various plays, including "Golden Boy" with Sammy Davis Jr. and Louis Gossett Jr., and "A Raisin in the Sun".Ja'Net moved onto TV roles, receiving a Peabody Award for a 1969 CBS children's movie J.T. (1969). She then appeared in a daytime serial, Love of Life (1951); she is the first African American actress to have a regular serial role.Ja'Net is best known for her role as the sexy, confident gossip, "Willona Woods", in the Norman Lear-created series, Good Times (1974). She composed and sang the theme song, "Movin' On Up", for another Lear series, The Jeffersons (1975). Ja'Net has appeared in many films, including the blaxploitation parody, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988), as a tough and loving mother. She has also done voice-over work for which she received two Emmys.Ja'Net is the co-founder of the "Pan African Film & Arts Festival", which showcases global films about people of African descent and fine arts. She is a community activist whose DuBois Care Foundation's mission is to empower youth by supporting afterschool programs. Ja'Net is also a painter who regularly exhibits her work. She released a CD in 2008, "Hidden Treasures", which includes the well-known TV theme song, "Movin' On Up".

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Aug 5, 1945 In Brooklyn, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Sanford and Son 1972-01-14
Latest Project:
Series G.I. Joe: Renegades 2010-10-10

Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination.

Known For
Poster of The PJs
Poster of Good Times
G.I. Joe: Renegades Unknown 2010-10-10
Chelsea Lately Unknown 2007-07-01
The Office Unknown 2005-03-24
Everybody Hates Chris Unknown 2005-09-22
Cold Case Unknown 2003-09-28
Crossing Jordan Unknown 2001-09-24
One on One Unknown 2001-09-03
Scrubs Unknown 2001-10-02
As Told by Ginger Unknown 2000-10-11
The PJs Mrs. Avery 43 episodes, 1999-2001 1999-01-10
The King of Queens Unknown 1998-09-21
Moesha Unknown 1996-01-23
Clueless Unknown 1996-09-20
Everybody Loves Raymond Unknown 1996-09-13
The Wayans Bros. Unknown 1995-01-11
ER Unknown 1994-09-19
Sister, Sister Unknown 1994-04-01
Touched by an Angel Unknown 1994-09-21
Martin Unknown 1992-08-27
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
The Golden Palace Unknown 1992-09-18
Home Improvement Unknown 1991-09-17
Dream On Unknown 1990-07-08
Beverly Hills, 90210 Unknown 1990-10-04
The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Unknown 1988
A Different World Unknown 1987-09-24
Roots: The Next Generations Unknown 1979-02-18
The Facts of Life Unknown 1979-08-24
The Love Boat Unknown 1977-05-05
The Jeffersons Unknown 1975-01-18
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Good Times Willona Woods 133 episodes, 1974-1979 1974-02-08
Kojak Unknown 1973-10-24
Sanford and Son Unknown 1972-01-14