Beloved ‘Good Times’ Star Ja’net DuBois Dies At Age 74

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  • Ja’net Dubois passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday morning at the age of 74
  • Dubois was famous for her acting on Good Times and her singing voice for The Jeffersons theme song
  • Her death comes as an extreme surprise as Dubois did not voice any health complaints and attended events recently

 

 

Ja’net Dubois, star from Good Times, was found dead on Tuesday, February 18. TMZ reports that according to her family, she passed away in her sleep at her home in Glendale, CA. Currently, her family is unsure of the cause of death. Dubois had not mentioned any medical complaints recently.

Dubois portrayed Willona Woods, the sassy neighbor to the Evans family. But this was not her only involvement in entertainment. She also composed and sang the theme song for The Jeffersons, “Movin’ On Up.”

Ja’net Dubois left a mark in multiple ways

Throughout her career, Ja’net Dubois left a strong impression and displayed her versatile skillset. She started on Broadway and earned roles in numerous plays, including A Raisin in the Sun as well as Golden Boy. Her time on Broadway also made her an excellent dancer. All this time on stage eventually caught some important attention. Television producer Norman Lear saw the play The Hot l Baltimore with Ja’net Dubois as part of the cast.

Impressed, Lear cast her in the CBS comedy Good Times as Willona Woods. Woods provided sharp, witty comments for her neighbors. Success did not stop with Good Times, though. She reunited with Janet Jackson after their time on the show to perform in her “Control” music video. She went on to earn roles in numerous titles, from action-comedies like Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003) to impactful biographical plays like And I Still Rise (1992).

Dubois stayed active throughout the years

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.
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— TV Land (@tvland) February 18, 2020

Born as Jeannette Dubois, the Good Times star went on to tread a different path as the years went on. She focused her attention on helping others develop their craft as she had done by operating the Ja’net DuBois Academy of Theater Arts and Sciences. This academy acted as a performing-arts school for Long Island teens. In the same year she starred in the play And I Rise, written and directed by civil rights activist Maya Angelou, Dubois also co-founded the Pan African Film & Arts Festival.

TV Land network, which airs reruns episodes of Good Times, mourned her passing in a post acknowledging her talent as an actress, singer, and source of joy. All her hard work earned her numerous accolades, but her death remains as a major shock to her family and fans, particularly because of how recently she was seen at fan events with her old Good Times peers. Ja’net Dubois is survived by three children: Rani, Burghardt, and Yovanne Dubois.

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Dog Waits On The Front Porch Weeks After His Family Moved Away

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A dog named Cupid watched on as his family packed their bags and moved away from home, leaving him there on the front porch. He hoped that if he waited long enough his family would return for him. Cupid wasn’t sure why any of this was happening or why he wasn’t able to join them. He was waiting there for weeks until neighbors made calls to Janine Guido, founder of Speranza Animal Rescue.

“All I was told was that his owners moved out and left him behind,” Janine tells The Dodo. “I asked multiple other people if they knew anything about the dog and they just said, ‘They moved out.’”

Cupid was waiting for weeks on the front porch of an empty house for a family that was no longer there

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Cupid the dog waiting on the porch for his family / Speranza Animal Rescue

Janine says she spotted Cupid eating out of a dumpster. She attempts to approach him, but he becomes scared and runs back to his spot on the porch. He was scratching at the door trying to get inside. Janine would try to convince Cupid to have some food, but the dog wasn’t having it.

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Cupid the dog trying to get inside his locked up house / Speranza Animal Rescue

Janine tries for half an hour to win the trust of this dog when she suddenly has an idea. Her idea? Telling Cupid that everything was going to be OK. “It sounds dumb but I swear he knew what I was saying to him,” Janine says. “He literally came over and sat down and allowed me to leash him.”

Janine would continue to explain everything that was happening to Cupid during the car ride. He was such a good boy throughout the whole ride home!

The dog is adapting well to the rescue and is getting ready for his new forever home

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Cupid the dog on the car ride home with the rescue team / Speranza Animal Rescue

Cupid soon arrived at the rescue and has been slowly adapting to his new temporary home. “He has been nothing but the sweetest gentleman since coming to the rescue,” Janine says. “You can tell he’s still really confused. But he is happy to meet everyone with a wagging tail.”

Cupid still needs to finish all his vet check-ups, but once he gets the ‘OK,’ he will be able to find his forever home. Janine feels very optimistic about Cupid and that he will find a new home and loving family very soon. “I don’t think that will be hard to find because he truly is the sweetest guy,” she says.

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Cupid the dog at the animal rescue / Speranza Animal Rescue

For anyone who is interested in adopting sweet Cupid, you can fill out an adoption form here. Let’s get Cupid a new forever home!

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Tim Allen Talks About Possibility Of ‘Home Improvement’ Revival

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Home Improvement was a television sitcom starring the amazing Tim Allen from 1991 to 1999. Spanning eight seasons long, many have come to know and love Tim Taylor as it was one of the highest-rated shows for almost an entire decade. Well, Allen has been mulling over a Home Improvement revival and he is wondering if Tim Taylor is still ‘relevant’ in the Mike Baxter world. Mike Baxter is the name of his current character on Last Man Standing.

“I always think about it, because I still talk to everybody involved,” the actor reveals to TVLine. “The question I had was, ‘Is it still relevant? Is Tim Taylor relevant in the Mike Baxter world?’ Because Mike Baxter is like a real version of Tim Taylor; he’s not such a joke. And the [Outdoor Man] vlogs are like Mike’s version of Tool Time done as a web series.”

The idea of a ‘Home Improvement’ revival that Tim Allen would love

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‘Home Improvement’ / ABC

Allen even has an idea for how he’d like to see the show return to TV screens. “I like the idea of doing it as a one-off, like a one-hour movie [versus a full-fledged revival series],” he says. “I like the idea of finding out where the boys are now, and where… Tool Time would be in today’s world. I just think it’s a marvelous idea, and all the actors think it’s a great idea.”

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However, a revival with the original cast would definitely be a bit different. This is due to the fact that Tim’s fenced-in neighbor Wilson sadly died in 2003 of lung cancer. “God rest him,” Allen says of his former co-star.

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Tim and Wilson / ABC

While a Home Improvement revival would be awesome, it’s important to note that there is not one actively in development. Allen is currently in the middle of Last Man Standing season 8 and may be returning for a 9th season. Should this happen, Allen’s current show will surpass Home Improvement by the number of seasons and that is a pretty incredible fact to the actor.

“I can’t even describe how cool it is, but I don’t want to take away from [Home Improvement‘s legacy],” Allen says. “It’s, like, ‘Who would’ve thought?’ I just can’t believe it.”

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Sharon Osbourne Debuts New White Hair After Dyeing It Red For 18 Years

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Sharon Osbourne has been coloring her hair that gorgeous shade of red for eighteen years and is now embracing her natural color. The 67-year-old wanted a change after dying her hair red for so long. She sought the help of celebrity colorist Jack Martin to help with this transition from red to white. And we have to say, Sharon pulls it off quite nicely!

“Sharon has 100% white hair and she was coloring her hair once a week dark vibrant red for the past 18 years. She explained to me that she wanted to do this transformation a long time ago but every time she attempts it ends up with a disaster,” Martin writes on an Instagram post.

Sharon Osbourne now rocking the white hair

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Sharon Osbourne with red hair and with white hair / Instagram

Martin continues, “Sharon was very tired of coloring her hair once a week and she was obligated to since she is on tv almost every day hosting her popular tv show @thetalkcbs.” Martin was sure to tell her that he would do everything in his power to make the transition from red to white nearly flawless. Though he was nervous, he managed it effortlessly.

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“It took me a total of eight hours from start to finish to get her to a platinum blonde so she doesn’t have to be committed to coloring her hair once a week anymore,” he reveals. Martin is also the celebrity colorist behind Jane Fonda’s gray pixie cut at the 2020 Oscars this year.

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Sharon Osbourne and Kelly Osbourne / Instagram

“She showed me her inspiration and immediately decided that I was the guy for the job,” the colorist tells PEOPLE recently. The inspiration was exactly that of Fonda’s “icy silver blonde” shade. Martin was very happy to deliver that for Sharon. We have to say she looks beautiful with this hair color!

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Kellye Nakahara’s ‘M*A*S*H’ Co-Stars Remember The Late Actress

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We reported just yesterday that M*A*S*H‘s Kellye Nakahara had sadly passed away following a cancer battle. Since the news of her passing, her co-stars have been speaking out to remember the actress, who played the role of Lieutenant Nurse Kellye. Kellye was 72 years old and was surrounded by family at the time of her passing. Family members say she went peacefully.

Co-star Loretta Swit offers comments to Fox News in response to the sad passing. “She radiated sparkle and goodness and joy,” Swit says. She also calls Kellye a “jewel, a treasure.”. Loretta continues, “The light that her presence brought will be deeply and forever missed.”

Co-stars of ‘M*A*S*H’ remember Kellye Nakahara

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Kellye Nakahara in M*A*S*H / CBS

Alan Alda, another co-star, offers a few words about the late actress as well. He says that “Nakahara was a beautiful person and a natural as an actor.” He continues, “She began as a background performer and worked her way up to playing the lead in an episode I wrote for her. She was adorable and brilliant in the part.”

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“But, you couldn’t beat what she was as a person, funnier and warmer and kinder than most people I’ve known. We all loved her on ‘M*A*S*H,’ and we’re all heartbroken to know she’s gone. Kelley was a treasure.”

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Cast members of M*A*S*H / REUTERS/Fred Prouser

Besides being known for her role on M*A*S*H for its entire run, she also has movie credits in the films Clue and Dr. Dolittle. While being born on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, she moved to San Francisco to pursue a career in art. We will always remember her best for her role on M*A*S*H as will her co-stars.

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Dad Builds Son Realistic Wooden Train With Working Steam Engine

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One UK father took DIY to a whole new level with his latest creation. Warren Golding of Deal, Kent, noticed his son Jessy loved trains. So, the father decided to build one of his own. The 35-year-old worked with both of his sons, Jessy and Wyatt, to construct the wooden marvel. What is especially cool about his handmade wooden train is the functioning steam engine included.

At four, Jessy is already obsessed with trains, according to LADbible. Fortunately for Jessy, he doesn’t just have a train fascination; he has a very loving dad and brother who helped put together a truly unique garden feature. Ultimately, this ended up being a fun bonding experience over the course of three days last December.

Golding used his experience to create a masterpiece

Both boys already love the new, unique garden decoration
Both boys already love the new, unique garden decoration / LADbible

Projects like this are no problem for Warren Golding. LADbible reports that Golding is a builder by trade, so he has the perfect background for building his own wooden train complete with an actual working steam engine. His reasoning was simple: “My boy Jessy is four and he is obsessed with trains. I also have another son Wyatt … So I decided to build a playhouse with a train theme for them both.”

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The family stayed warm over Christmas break last year by constructing this mechanical decoration. It even actually helped pass the time. “It took about three days to build with the boys’ help. Kept us busy over Christmas time off.” However, Golding did admit he’s essentially opened a Pandora’s Box of expectations for more fun crafting projects.

The wooden train and steam engine project is just the start

Now that they've built an actual wooden train complete with steam engine, this family is planning more projects
Now that they’ve built an actual wooden train complete with a steam engine, this family is planning more projects / LADbible

“Both boys Jessy and Wyatt want carriages added now so that will be next job. I’ll maybe make one a playhouse and the other a sandpit,” Golding explained. “I’ll be adding a station-themed play area at the back as well eventually.” Sources agree, when possible, taking a DIY approach can actually be the better option for multiple reasons. For the Golding family, they primarily used recycled wood. In total, he spent the equivalent of $130 on the decking.

All of these projects take safety into consideration at every step of the way. This mindfulness started with the original train itself. Wood plus fire equals danger, but Golding was careful when designing the structure. The chimney of the wooden train is actually lined with metal, so the steam engine can’t present a hazard. “The kids love it. The train itself is solid, I went overkill on it so they can climb all over it if they want,” Golding added.

Golding lined the chimney so the wooden train would be safe from the steam engine's flames coming out of the chimney
Golding lined the chimney so the wooden train would be safe from the steam engine’s flames coming out of the chimney / LADbible

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