JaNet Dubois Wiki – Biography
JaNet Dubois, known professionally as Ja’Net DuBois, Ja’net DuBois, and Ja’Net Du Bois, was an American actress, singer–songwriter and dancer.
JaNet Dubois Age
She was 74 years old.
Early life and Career
Born in the Brooklyn borough of New York City or in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (sources differ), the daughter of Lillian and Gordon Dubois, DuBois was raised in Amityville, New York, on Long Island. DuBois began her acting career in theater during the early 1960s, appearing in Broadway’s Golden Boy with Sammy Davis Jr. and Louis Gossett Jr. in 1964.
DuBois’s early television acting credits include the 1969 television movie J.T. and the long–running television soap opera Love of Life, on which her 1970 to 1972 role as Loretta Allen made her the first African–American female as a regular cast-member on a daytime serial.’ In 1970, DuBois appeared in her first film, playing Vera in Diary of a Mad Housewife.
Television producer Norman Lear saw DuBois in Lanford Wilson’s play The Hot l Baltimore at the Mark Taper Forum, which led to her being cast as Wilona Woods, Florida Evans’ (portrayed by Esther Rolle) best friend and neighbor in the CBS series Good Times. DuBois appeared in the series from 1974 until 1979. DuBois recorded the album Again, Ja’Net DuBois, on her Peanuts and Caviar label, in 1983.
DuBois appeared in former Good Times co-star Janet Jackson’s 1987 “Control” music video as her mother. In 1992, she co-starred with Clifton Davis in And I Still Rise, a play written and directed by Maya Angelou. She co-starred in the films I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003), and on television in Moesha, The Steve Harvey Show, A Different World, and The Wayans Bros.
During the 1980s, DuBois operated the Ja’net DuBois Academy of Theater Arts and Sciences, a performing-arts school for teenagers in Long Island, New York. In 1992, DuBois, Danny Glover and Ayuko Babu co-founded the Pan African Film & Arts Festival in Los Angeles.
DuBois died peacefully in her sleep Monday at her home in Glendale, California, Fields said.
Her death was unexpected as she had no underlying health issues, her daughter added.
DuBois had a career that began in the late ’60s, but she became one of classic television’s most beloved figures thanks to her role on “Good Times,” a spinoff following characters from the TV show “Maude.” The series, from Norman Lear, Eric Monte and Mike Evans, ran for six seasons from 1974-1979.
Working as an American regular television as well film actress, she had earned lot of love and respect. Not only this, she has co-write and sang the iconic “Movin on Up” in the “The Jeffersons” that quite often recognized as greatest TV theme songs of all time. Her net worth is estimated to be around $2 million.