‘Good Times’ Ja’Net DuBois dies; co-wrote ‘Jeffersons’ theme

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Ja'Net DuBois (1945-2020) - Actress, singer–songwriter and dancer. (Photo: Rich Girl Network.tv / YouTube)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ja’Net DuBois, who played the vivacious neighbor Willona Woods on “Good Times” and composed and sang the theme song for “The Jeffersons,” has died.

DuBois’ song “Movin’ on Up” provided a joyous intro to “The Jeffersons” during the show’s 10-season run and has achieved enduring popularity in films and on other television shows.

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BernNadette Stanis, who played Thelma Evans Anderson on “Good Times,” said she learned of her friend’s death Tuesday from DuBois’ daughter.

DuBois had a prolific career beyond the 1970s hit “Good Times,” winning two Emmy Awards for her voice work on the WB series “The PJs.”