Good Times's Bern Nadette Stanis and Celebrity Friends Through The Years

A suave Eddie Murphy cozies up to Bern Nadette Stanis.
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Bern Nadette Stanis and Rick James are ready for some fun in the sun.

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Brown beauties Bern Nadette Stanis and Whitney Houston are radiant in all-black and ruby lips.

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A young LL Cool J is greeted by actress and beauty queen Bern Nadette Stanis.

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Alongside Bern Nadette Stanis, Spike Lee promotes his film Mo’ Better Blues, which starred Denzel Washington.

“I would like to work with Denzel Washington one day,” Stanis said. “A story like where two people grow up together and go separate ways. Then life and circumstances bring us back to the place we started from and we fall in love. Wouldn’t that be nice?”

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Bern Nadette Stanis gets a few pearls of wisdom on life in Black Hollywood from legendary actress and activist Ruby Dee.

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Bern Nadette Stanis is a true knockout with boxing champion Mike Tyson.

“It’s very interesting because people tell me, ‘You were the first African-American brown-skinned girl with an Afro. You were a Black girl,’ " Stanis said.

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Sporting a tailored leather dress, Bern Nadette Stanis greets Luther Vandross backstage.

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Bern Nadette Stanis shares the spotlight with Flava Flav.

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Always stylish, Bern Nadette Stanis greets basketball legend Julius “Dr. J” Winfield Erving II.

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Bern Nadette Stanis catches up with Quincy Jones.

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Bern Nadette Stanis influenced the style of nation while on Good Times and remained a trendsetter after the show ended.

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Whoopi Goldberg and Bern Nadette Stanis redefine Black women in Hollywood.

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Bern Nadette Stanis has nothing but love for Heavy D.

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Michael Jordan develops his golf skills with Bern Nadette Stanis rooting the basketball icon on.

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Bern Nadette Stanis and Magic Johnson share a friendly embrace as NBA players hits the golf course.

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Bern Nadette Stanis and Al B. Sure hug it out.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll pioneer Little Richard and Bern Nadette Stanis embrace.

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After working with Janet Jackson on Good Times Bern Nadette Stanis remained close with the Jackson clan. Here she and Jackie Jackson catch up at a gala in Los Angeles.

“My family always goes over to the Jacksons for the holidays,” Stanis said.

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Bern Nadette Stanis and daughter Brittany meet Jamie Foxx.

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Good Times fan Busta Rhymes greets Bern Nadette Stanis.

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Bern Nadette and Andre 3000 of Outkast make a fashionable pair.

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Bern Nadette Stanis and Natalie Cole are all smiles, both sharing the experience of growing up in the spotlight.

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Bern Nadette Stanis and Jimmy Walker, who played her brother J.J. on Good Times, have remained like family since first meeting.

“I went to the audition [for the show] and met [Good Times producer Norman Lear] and Jimmy Walker and from then on, he just liked us,” Stanis said. “I didn’t know you were suppose to just read the script and I started improvising by talking to Jimmy like he was my big brother. We carried on and Norman just loved it.”

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