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Rep. Waters Mourns the Passing of Actress Ja’Net Dubois

February 24, 2020
Press Release

Rep. Waters Mourns the Passing of Actress Ja’Net Dubois

LOS ANGELES – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) issued the following statement on the passing of iconic actress Ja’Net DuBois:

“The family, friends, and fans of Ja’Net Dubois are still in absolute mourning over the death of this iconic actress and entertainer. I am blessed to have known Ja’Net for many years, not only as one of Hollywood’s most prominent stars, but as one of my dear friends. She was truly a cherished friend, and I will always love and appreciate the fact that she did not hesitate to give me advice and comment on ways I could be even more effective in my work.

“Ja’Net was an incredibly talented actress, whose genius was limitless. She was a stunningly beautiful woman. Her laugh and smile were infectious. Her personality would light up a room and any set she performed on. She is the co-writer and voice behind one of the greatest theme songs of all time, Moving on Up from ‘The Jeffersons,’ and she became America’s favorite neighbor and friend in her historic role as Willona Woods on ‘Good Times.’

“You’d be hard pressed to find an actor, actress, or project, particularly in Black Hollywood, that Ja’Net did not touch. She’s worked alongside legends and has been a colleague, mentor, and friend to many, including Esther Rolle, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Janet Jackson. Every year for nearly 30 years, I and many others looked forward to the festival she cofounded, the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, which is the largest Black film festival in America.

“Ja’Net DuBois was a woman from humble beginnings who absolutely loved her family and friends. I thank God for the opportunity to have developed a decades-long friendship with Ja’Net, and I will truly miss her. I extend my sincere condolences to her three children, Provat, Rani, and Kesha, grandchildren, surviving relatives, and friends. We will love and cherish her memory forever.”

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