Monday, June 17, 2024

RIP Ja’net DuBois, She Played Willona on “Good Times” and Wrote “Movin’ on Up” Theme Song for “The Jeffersons”


TMZ reports that Ja’net Dubois, who famously played Willona on Norman Lear’s “Good Times,” has died at age 74. Her death was unexpected.  She appeared at the live broadcast of “Good Times” back in December on ABC.

Wilona was the sassy neighbor who counseled the Evans family including Florida (Esther Rolle) and JJ.

But Dubois was also famous for writing and singing one of the most famous theme songs for any show, “The Jeffersons.” The song “Movin’ On Up,” ranks right up there as one of the memorable songs of the 1970s.


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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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