| This dress was worn by the character “Penny” played by actress Janet Jackson in the television series, “Good Times”. This red “Heidi” style dress includes a blue and yellow floral print with yellow sleeves and neckline, three black plastic buttons and the original manufacturer’s tag attached by “Sears, Roebuck and Co.”. A small brown stain can be found on the neckline. An original Polaroid taken of Ms. Jackson wearing the dress includes the costumer’s note “#0515” indicating its use in the fifth season.
Ms. Jackson wears this dress during the episode, “Penny’s Christmas” (Season 5 Episode 12 which aired December 21, 1977) while at the Evan’s family Christmas party. This is a pivotal episode in the series, as Penny has been struggling with life in the projects, dealing with an abusive foster parent until the Evans family intervened. Penny is not yet an official member of the family and her custody is challenged when social worker Ms. Dobbs (Alice Ghostley) reconsiders her adoption to Willona Woods (Ja’net Dubois). It takes some convincing but Ms. Dobbs feels the Christmas spirit and the love from the family announcing that Penny can officially be adopted.
Good Times was an American sitcom broadcasted by CBS from 1974 through 1979 and was produced by the legendary Norman Lear and Embassy TV (formerly TAT/Tandem) who are also known for “One Day At A Time”, “Maude”, “All in the Family”, “Sanford and Son”, and “The Jeffersons”. Originally a spin-off from the sitcom “Maude”, the series ran for 6 seasons with a total of 133 episodes and starred Esther Rolle as “Florida Evans” and John Amos as “James Evans, Sr.” who live with their three children “JJ” (Jimmy Walker), “Thelma” (Bern Nadette Stanis) and “Michael” (Ralph Carter), in a project apartment in Chicago. The show won three Golden Globe nominations for performances by Esther Rolle and Jimmie Walker. This item is in good screen worn condition and was acquired directly from the show’s costume designer and head of the Embassy TV wardrobe department.
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