Another legendary black actress has gained her wings.
“Good Times” star Ja’net DuBois has died today (Feb. 18) at the age of 74, according to TMZ. The actress was found unresponsive in her home and apparently died in her sleep overnight. Sources tell TMZ that DuBois had not complained of any health issues lately and appeared to be in good health to her close friends and family.
She is most known for her role as Willona Woods on the classic 70s television series, “Good Times.” She also composed and sang the theme song “Movin’ On Up” for the hit show “The Jeffersons.”
She starred in films such as I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and Tropic Thunder. DuBois got her start on Broadway and performed in multiple theater productions including “A Raisin In the Sun” and “Golden Boy.”
DuBois also won two Emmy awards for her voice-over work on “The PJs.”
TV Land, which frequently airs reruns of “Good Times,” tweeted a tribute to the late actress.
“TV Land remembers ‘Good Times’ star Ja’net Dubois. In addition to being the Evans family’s lovable neighbor, Willona, Dubois composed and sang ‘Movin’ on Up’ the iconic theme song for ‘The Jeffersons.’ She was 74 and will be missed,” the official TV Land Twitter page tweeted.
Her sudden death comes just a week after actress Boyz n the Hood actress Esther Scott reportedly died from a heart attack.
A member of Scott’s family tells TMZ, “Esther suffered an apparent heart attack last Tuesday (Feb. 11) at her Santa Monica home, and was later found unconscious and taken to a hospital.”
Scott’s sister Shaun says, “She loved what she did. She would get stopped on the street often and people would recognize her — but they didn’t know her name. Hopefully now people will remember her name, her work and the contributions she gave to the entertainment industry.”
DuBois is survived by her three children. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.