Ja'net Dubois was born August 5, 1945 in Philadelphia. Dubois had a modest acting career before being cast as the fun but meddlesome neighbor Willona on Good Times. She has appeared on many shows including The Steve Harvey Show, Moesha, ER, Martin, Home Improvement, One on One, Boomtown and as the voice of Mrs. Patterson on the animated series As Told by Ginger. She also starred as Mama Bosley in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. Dubois is a talented vocalist, and was the co-writer and singer of the theme song for another hit sitcom: The Jeffersons.
Willona Woods is a great friend and neighbor to the Evans family. Independent, generous and always up for fun, Willona can also be a little gossipy. But as Florida's best friend, Willona is always there with a helping hand in good and bad times. A divorcee sporting fashionable clothes and slinging unabashed advice, she juggles a variety of jobs while maintaining an active single life. When an unexpected child enters her world, Willona doesn't hesitate to bring her home and treat her as her own flesh and blood. An honorary member of the Evans household, Willona is the steady tower of strength that everyone can rely on.