Ja'net DuBois (1932–2020)


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Ja'Net DuBois was a multi-talented and diverse performer. She grew up in Brooklyn, New York 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". She moved onto TV roles, receiving a Peabody Award for a 1969 CBS children's movie J.T. (1969)... See full bio »

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Good Times Willona Woods
(1974-1979)
Basic Instinct Soundtrack
(1992)

Filmography

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 2016 She's Got a Plan
Betty Angelo
 2011 G.I. Joe: Renegades (TV Series)
Grams Hinton
- Cousins (2011) ... Grams Hinton (voice)
 2007 Random! Cartoons (TV Series short)
Mom
- SamSquatch (2007) ... Mom (voice)
 2007 Cold Case (TV Series)
Edna Johnson '07
- It Takes a Village (2007) ... Edna Johnson '07
 2006 Crossing Jordan (TV Series)
Mrs. Jones
- Someone to Watch Over Me (2006) ... Mrs. Jones
 2000-2004 As Told by Ginger (TV Series)
Mrs. Patterson
- The Wedding Frame (2004) ... Mrs. Patterson (voice)
- Far from Home (2003) ... Mrs. Patterson (voice)
- Never Can Say Goodbye (2002) ... Mrs. Patterson (voice)
- The Even Steven Holiday Special (2001) ... Mrs. Patterson (voice)
- Hello Stranger (2000) ... Mrs. Patterson (voice)
 2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
Momma Bosley
 2003 One on One (TV Series)
Queen Esther
- Meet the Parents (2003) ... Queen Esther
 2003 Boomtown (TV Series)
Denise Smith
- Fearless (2003) ... Denise Smith
 1999-2001 The PJs (TV Series)
Mrs. Avery
- Red Man's Burden (2001) ... Mrs. Avery (voice)
- Clip Show (2001) ... Mrs. Avery (voice)
- A Race to His Credit (2001) ... Mrs. Avery (voice)
- Let's Get Ready to Rumba (2001) ... Mrs. Avery (voice)
- Miracle Cleaner on 134th Street (2001) ... Mrs. Avery (voice)
 2000 Waterproof
Viola Battle
 2000 Everybody Loves Raymond (TV Series)
Dottie
- Bully on the Bus (2000) ... Dottie
 2000 The Steve Harvey Show (TV Series)
Delores
- Going, Going, Gone (2000) ... Delores (as Ja'net DuBoise)
 1999 Hard Time: Hostage Hotel (TV Movie)
Lefty, Logan's Assistant
 1999 Clueless (TV Series)
Aunt Liddy
- A Test of Character (1999) ... Aunt Liddy
 1998 Hard Time (TV Movie)
Lefty (as Ja'net Du Bois)
 1998 Best Friends for Life (TV Movie)
Katie Pegues
 1996-1997 The Wayans Bros. (TV Series)
Grandma Ellington / Willona Woods
- Unspoken Token (1997) ... Grandma Ellington / Willona Woods
- Stand Up Guy (1997) ... Grandma Ellington
- Marlon Goes on the Road (1997) ... Grandma Ellington (as Ja'net Du Bois)
- The Black Widower (1997) ... Grandma Ellington (as Ja'net Du Bois)
- Life Without Marlon (1997) ... Grandma Ellington (as Ja'net Du Bois)
 1997 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Esther Hamilton
- Smokescreen (1997) ... Esther Hamilton
 1997 Moesha (TV Series)
Mrs. Moss
- Mentor (1997) ... Mrs. Moss (as Ja'net Du Bois)
 1996 Don't Look Back (TV Movie)
Mrs. Lawson
 1996 Sophie & the Moonhanger (TV Movie)
Agnes
 1995 Magic Island (Video)
Lucretia
 1995 ER (TV Series)
Macy Chamberlain
- A Miracle Happens Here (1995) ... Macy Chamberlain (as Ja'net Du Bois)
 1991-1995 Home Improvement (TV Series)
Carol / Judith Potter
- Her Cheatin' Mind (1995) ... Carol
- Reach Out and Teach Someone (1991) ... Judith Potter
 1994 Sister, Sister (TV Series)
Mom O' Danielle
- Wedding Bells & Box Boys (1994) ... Mom O' Danielle (as Ja'Net DuBois)
 1994 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (TV Series)
Dorothy Cooper
- Hangin' with Mrs. Cooper (1994) ... Dorothy Cooper
 1993 Other Women's Children (TV Movie)
Roberta (as Ja'net Du Bois)
 1993 Harlan & Merleen (TV Movie)
Maxine
 1992-1993 The Golden Palace (TV Series)
Louise Wilson
- A New Leash on Life (1993) ... Louise Wilson
- Marriage on the Rocks with a Twist (1992) ... Louise Wilson
 1992 Beverly Hills, 90210 (TV Series)
Arlene
- Baby Makes Five (1992) ... Arlene
 1991 Dream On (TV Series)
June
- Toby or Not Toby (1991) ... June
 1991 True Colors (TV Series)
May Freeman
- Favorite Son (1991) ... May Freeman
 1991 A Different World (TV Series)
Brenda Hanes
- Love, Hillman-Style (1991) ... Brenda Hanes
 1990 Hammer, Slammer, & Slade (TV Movie)
Joanne Wilson
 1990 Doctor Doctor (TV Series)
Ella Wilkes
- Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes (1990) ... Ella Wilkes
 1990 Laugh!s (TV Series)
Mary
- Pilot (1990) ... Mary
 1990 New Attitude (TV Series)
Irma
- Pilot (1990) ... Irma
 1990 Heart Condition
Mrs. Stone
 1989 Nearly Departed (TV Series)
Leona
- Grant Meets Grandpa (1989) ... Leona
 1988 I'm Gonna Git You Sucka
Ma Bell
 1988 Houston Knights (TV Series)
Loretta Gibbs
- Bad Paper (1988) ... Loretta Gibbs
 1987 Kids Like These (TV Movie)
Mrs. Page (as Ja'net Dubois)
 1986 Janet Jackson: Control (Music Video)
Mother
 1986 Stranded (TV Movie)
Bettina
 1985 Crazy Like a Fox (TV Series)
Idee
- Some Day My Prints Will Come (1985) ... Idee
 1984 Spencer (TV Series)
School Secretary
- Pilot (1984) ... School Secretary
 1983 The Tom Swift and Linda Craig Mystery Hour (TV Movie)
Mrs. Gorman
 1982 The Big Easy (TV Movie)
Gloria - proprietor of 'The Big Easy'
 1981 The Sophisticated Gents (TV Mini Series)
Onetha Wiggins
- Episode #1.3 (1981) ... Onetha Wiggins
- Episode #1.2 (1981) ... Onetha Wiggins
- Episode #1.1 (1981) ... Onetha Wiggins
 1981 The Facts of Life (TV Series)
Ethel
- Brian and Sylvia (1981) ... Ethel
 1981 Hellinger's Law (TV Movie)
Dottie Singer
 1980 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Evelyn Hopkins
 1974-1979 Good Times (TV Series)
Willona Woods
- The Evans' Dilemma (1979) ... Willona Woods (as Ja'net Du Bois)
- Cousin Raymond (1979) ... Willona Woods (as Ja'net Du Bois)
- The End of the Rainbow (1979) ... Willona Woods (as Ja'net Du Bois)
- A Matter of Mothers (1979) ... Willona Woods (as Ja'net Du Bois)
- The Physical (1979) ... Willona Woods (as Ja'net Du Bois)
 1979 Roots: The Next Generations (TV Mini Series)
Sally Harvey
- Part I (1882-1883) (1979) ... Sally Harvey
 1977 A Piece of the Action
Nellie Bond (as Ja'net Du Bois)
 1975 Caribe (TV Series)
Melinda Jameson
- Flowers of Death (1975) ... Melinda Jameson
 1974 Kojak (TV Series)
Paula Thomas
- Loser Takes All (1974) ... Paula Thomas (as Ja'net Du Bois)
 1973 The Blue Knight (TV Movie)
Celia Louise
 1973 Shaft (TV Series)
Diana Richie
- The Killing (1973) ... Diana Richie
 1973 Five on the Black Hand Side
Stormy Monday
 1973 The Resolution of Mossie Wax (TV Movie)
Francelia (as Jeanette Dubois)
 1972 Sanford and Son (TV Series)
Juanita Grismore
- Sanford and Son and Sister Makes Three (1972) ... Juanita Grismore (as Jánet DuBois)
 1969 J.T. (TV Movie)
Rodeen Gamble (as Jeannette Du Bois)
 1966 A Man Called Adam
Martha (as Jeanette Du Bois)
 1951 Love of Life (TV Series)
Loretta Allen (1970-1972)
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Alternate Names:

Ja'net Du Bois | Jeanette Du Bois | Jeannette Du Bois | Ja'Net DuBois | Jánet DuBois | Ja'net DuBoise | Ja'net Dubois | Jeanette Dubois | Ja'net du Bois

Height:

5' 5½" (1.66 m)

Spouse:

Sajit Krishna Gupta  (divorced)  (4 children)
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Trivia:

She is credited as the first African-American woman to appear regularly on a daytime soap, Love of Life (1951). See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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