Willona Woods from Good Times was played by Ja’net Dubois.
Before Good Times, she didn’t see much screen time. Her early acting credits include the 1969 TV movie J.T and the 1970 film Diary of a Mad Housewife.
Four years later, she got a little part on a sitcom called Good Times.
She was to play Willona Woods and did so for five years, throughout the sitcom’s whole run.
The show was a huge hit, which catapulted Woods’ from relative obscurity and into household fame.
She was originally asked to come audition for the Good Times role after being seen in a play.
Quite the jump from theater to screen! Must have been a pretty impressive performance.