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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 5 August 1945Brooklyn, New York, USA
Birth NameJeannette DuBois
Height 5' 5½" (1.66 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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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Trivia (9)

Best-known for her portrayal of the sassy, energetic busybody and neighbor, "Willona Woods", on the classic 70s TV series Good Times (1974), that's her voice you hear on the "Movin' on Up" theme from The Jeffersons (1975), which she also co-wrote and composed.
Honorary Member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.
Wrote and sang the theme song to the Jeffersons before she ever knew what the show was about
Appeared as a centerfold in Jet Magazine's March 24, 1960 issue.
Her first assignment as a professional model was the cover of Percy Faith's 1959 "Porgy and Bess" LP.
Ms. DuBois is credited as the first African-American woman to appear regularly on a daytime soap, Love of Life (1951).
Mother of Rani DuBois.
Despite the controversy, she enjoyed working with Esther Rolle on Good Times (1974).
Her acting mentor was Esther Rolle.

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