If you’re a fan of What’s Happening or Good Times, chances are you have seen the real-life daughter of late actress, Ja’Net Dubois’ (“Willona”) and didn’t even know it. She made several appearances on those two sitcoms back in the day. Ja’Net’s daughter was oftentimes cast as the ‘pretty girl’, or the ‘puppy love interest’ of one of the male characters on the show.
Ja’Net Dubois’s Daughter, Rani Dubois
Meet Rani Dubois. Her most memorable role probably came from the What’s Happening “Shirley’s Date” episode (shown in the video below), where she played the girl who got stood up by “Dwayne” and threw a drink in his face. She’s played a student, a cheerleader and various other roles on Good Times and What’s Happening between 1976 and 1979. Check out this throwback video clip of Ja’Net’s daughter, Rani, below…
Old School Fun Facts About Ja’Net Dubois
An Old School fun fact about Ja’Net Dubois, is that although she played the best friend of JJ’s mother, “Florida,” she was just two years older than 76-year-old Jimmie Walker (“JJ”). Wouldn’t have thought that based on their roles on Good Times.
Another fun fact is that Ja’Net Dubois and Janet Jackson (who views Ja’Net as a mentor) were still very close up until the time of Ja’Net’s passing.
Thank you “Willona” for making us laugh and having that sassy attitude while doing it. Rest on beautiful queen.