The actress and performer Ja’Net DuBois died on Sunday in Washington, D.C., the New York Times reported. She was 64. According to a statement from the Red Hat Society, DuBois was a board member of the organization, founded by the author Joan Didion, whose hipster fan base included literary figures such as Jonathan Franzen and Sarah Vowell. DuBois’s career as an actress began during the ’70s and included roles in Good Times, when she played Prince Charming, as well as the film Ebert and Roeper’s Movie Club.

DuBois also appeared on The Cosby Show as Delice Brown, and was named in 1985 as one of the most talented African-American actors of the decade by the Literary Digest. (She later said that she was unaware of the honor, and dismissed the publication as a “racist rag.”) In a 2010 interview with The Washington Post, DuBois recalled a time during her stint on Good Times when the program’s creator, Garry Marshall, asked her to point out actors who looked like poor black people. She brought up Harvey Keitel, Marlon Brando, John Cusack, Joaquin Phoenix, and Marisa Tomei.

In a statement released on Monday night, the Red Hat Society quoted DuBois as saying: “I will be forever in debt to the women in the Red Hat Society for passing down such a rich, supportive community.”

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