Produced by Norman Lear, the show was the first to feature a two-parent African-American family.
Good Times aired on CBS from 1974 to 1979. The show starred (from left) Jimmie Walker, Ja'net Dubois and Esther Rolle.
For all six seasons, Dubois portrayed Florida and James Evans’ high-spirited neighbor, who would stop by from time to time to share the latest gossip in the neighborhood.
Dubois’ other claim to fame was being a gifted singer.
She co-wrote and performed the theme song “Movin’ on Up” for another hit show on TV at the time, “The Jeffersons,” which ran from 1975 until 1985.
Dubois was born in Brooklyn, New York, on Aug. 5, 1945.
She began acting in theater during the early 1960s, and appeared on Broadway with Sammy Davis Jr., and Louis Gossett Jr.
Reports say Lear cast DuBois in Good Times after seeing her performance in Lanford Wilson's play “The Hot l Baltimore.”
TV Land, which airs reruns of Good Times, tweeted a tribute to the actress on Tuesday afternoon:
In 1970 she appeared in her first film, Diary of a Mad Housewife. Her later film credits include "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" (1988), and "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" (2003). She also made guest appearances in dozens of other TV shows through the years.
During the 1980s she opened the Ja'net DuBois Academy of Theater Arts and Sciences, a performing-arts school for children in Long Island, New York.
In 1995, DuBois won a CableAce award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the Lifetime movie Other Women’s Children. She also won two Emmy Awards for voiceover work on the animated program The PJs in 1999.
Reports said DuBois is survived by 3 children.
— This is a developing story. Please return to AJC.com for updates.