‘Penny’ and ‘Willona’ From Good Times Reunite

Janet Jackson and Ja’net DuBois (Janet Jackson via Instagram)
Janet Jackson and Ja’net DuBois (Janet Jackson via Instagram)

Before she was “Ms. Jackson if You’re Nasty,” Janet Jackson was Penny on Good Times. Jackson appeared on the series as Penny Gordon Woods during seasons 5 and 6, a character who dealt with physical abuse at the hands of her mother, Linella Gordon (played by Chip Fields, Kim Fields’ mother).


In the episode “The Evans Get Involved,” or, as most people like to refer to it as, “That Time Penny Got Burned With an Iron,” Penny’s mother’s abusive ways were exposed.

Penny was ultimately saved from a life of abuse by Willona (Ja’net DuBois) and then went on to do normal kid things like imitating Mae West:

And shoplifting:

Of course, Janet Jackson isn’t the type to ever forget her roots, and on Monday, at the after-party for her State of the World tour stop in Los Angeles, she reunited with DuBois and captured it for the ’gram.


The comments on Jackson’s Instagram photo went from “Awwww” to “Who is that woman in the photo with Janet?” because, let’s face it, many of Jackson’s fans probably don’t have a clue about Good Times and the greatness that was Willona.

Bye, Kinja! It's been fun (occasionally).

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Pearl Bensey nee Lester

Willona Woods, the “Rhona Barrett of the projects!” That’s EPIC! I met Bern Nadette Stanis (Thelma Evans from Good Times) at Essence Fest and almost fell out. She was the epitome of gorgeous black womanhood for a nine year old Pearl back in the day and I still style my workclothes after her. She is also still drop dead gorgeous, so I paid good American coin to buy all her merch just to stand in her presence longer. I had feelings...