What?!! Todd Bridges’ Real Mother Starred In A Popular ‘Good Times’ Episode!

Posted On : April 14, 2017

fb toddDiff’rent Strokes actor, Todd Bridges’ real life mother is an actress whom most Good Times fans remember very well. She starred in one of the most popular Good Times episodes in the history of the show and even when the episode reruns nowadays it still cracks folks up, just like it did the first time we saw it in 1975.

Todd looks a lot like his Mother, but if you didn’t see them standing side by side, you would probably never have guessed that the talented actress from Good Times was “Willis’ ” Momma in real life.

Meet Todd Bridges’ Mother, Betty A. Bridges

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Betty A. Bridges as ‘Charlene’ and Carl Weathers as her husband in “Good Times”

Who remembers ‘the nude’ episode on Good Times? That was the ep’ where the Evans’ sexy neighbor, “Charlene” (played by Todd Bridges’ real life mother, Betty A. Bridges) wanted “JJ” to paint a nude portrait of her as a gift to her husband, “Calvin” (played by Carl Weathers). “Charlene” was known around the neighborhood as “the wiggler,” because of her perfectly shaped figure in all of the right places.

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“Good Times” episode: Carl Weathers’ character, “Calvin,” about to beat up “JJ” for having his wife “Charlene” (Betty A. Bridges) at his home in a bikini

That episode was one of the funniest ever because it was also one of the few times where we got to see “Florida” check “James” over starring at another woman. Remember that? After “Florida” found out that “Charlene” wanted to get butt naked in their living room, she was like ‘Hell to da NO, to the naw, naw, to the naw, naw, NO!’ and made ‘the wiggler’ keep her bikini on. To put the icing on the cake, “Charlene” then asked “James,” ‘Mr. Evans is this a good pose?’ to which James replied with a resounding ‘Yes Lawd!’  “Florida” gave him that mean muggin’ side eye to snap him back to reality though, LOL.

Todd Bridges with his mom, Betty
Todd Bridges with his mom, Betty

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After “JJ” completed the portrait, “Charlene’s” husband (played by Carl Weathers) showed up and was shocked to find his wife in a bikini with another man present. That’s when he was about to snap “JJ” in two, until “James” stepped in. That scene is still just as funny as EVER and now that we’ve refreshed your memory, we can now pick our jaws up off the floor at the fact that “Charlene” a.k.a. ‘the wiggler’ is actually Todd Bridges’ REAL mother! Ain’t that something?


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