Police in Glendale, Calif., stated they acquired a report in regards to the DuBois’ loss of life late Monday. She appeared to have died of pure causes and no investigation is ongoing, police Sgt. Dan Stubbs stated. No extra particulars, together with her age, have been instantly out there.
BernNadette Stanis, who performed Thelma Evans Anderson on “Good Times,” stated she discovered of DuBois’ loss of life Tuesday from the actress’ daughter. Stanis stated DuBois seemed to be in good well being and so they had appeared at a signing occasion two weeks in the past. She famous that DuBois stored to herself and nobody knew precisely how outdated she was.
DuBois had a prolific profession past the 1970s hit “Good Times,” profitable two Emmy Awards for her voice work on the WB sequence “The PJs.” She additionally composed and sang the theme track for “The Jeffersons.” DuBois’ song “Movin’ on Up” offered a joyous intro to “The Jeffersons” in the course of the present’s 10-season run.
On “Good Instances,” DuBois’ Willona Woods was the one, horny neighbor and finest buddy to star Esther Rolle’s Florida Evans. Although the comedy had loads of one-liners, DuBois’ appearances gave an additional dose of comedic aid.
DuBois confirmed off extra of her dramatic expertise when a younger Janet Jackson joined the present because the abused baby Penny; DuBois’ character would go on to undertake Penny, and the storyline additionally solid an extended, shut relationship with Jackson, who would go on to grow to be a multiplatinum famous person; she forged DuBois as her mom in her 1986 “Control” video.
DuBois’ profession began in theater, the place she appeared in Broadway productions of “Golden Boy” and “A Raisin in the Sun,” in response to a biography on her web site. A efficiency in “The Hot l Baltimore” in Los Angeles caught the attention of Norman Lear, who developed “Good Times” and “The Jeffersons.”
Her movie credit included 1970’s “Diary of a Mad Housewife,” “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” and “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.”
She was credited in quite a few different movies as assorted as “Basic Instinct,” “Next Friday” and “Tropic Thunder,” which included “Movin’ on Up.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.