Birthday: November 16, 1967
Famous: Actresses American Women
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Age: 51 Years, 51 Year Old Females
Born In: San Francisco, California, United States
Famous As: American Actress
Height: 1.57 M
Spouse/Ex-: Jason Momoa (M. 2007), Lenny Kravitz (M. 1987–1993)
Children: Lola Iolani Momoa, Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa, Zoë Kravitz
City, States, Provinces & Districts: California
Net Worth: $10 Million As Of Jan 2017
Lisa Michelle Bonet is an American film and television actress. She stepped into the world of glamour and entertainment as a child with commercials. After majoring in acting from Celluloid Actor's Studio in North Hollywood, she has over the years worked in several films and TV programs, most notably in the NBC sitcom, ‘The Cosby Show’. Her role of Denise Huxtable in the series brought her recognition and popularity and led her to reprise the role in the series’ spinoff comedy, ‘A Different World’. She displayed her versatility in the role of Epiphany Proudfoot in the American neo-noir psychological horror film ‘Angel Heart’ that required her to perform bold scenes with Mickey Rourke, much in contrast to her goody-goody role from ‘The Cosby Show’. She was later fired from ‘The Cosby Show’ over “creative differences”. Other notable TV projects featuring her included series like ‘Life on Mars’ and ‘The Red Road’ and TV movies like ‘New Eden’ and ‘Lathe of Heaven’. Her notable big-screen roles include playing the supporting role of Rachel Banks with Will Smith in ‘Enemy of the State’ and as Marie De Salle in ‘High Fidelity’.
Childhood & Early Life
Lisa was born on November 16, 1967, in San Francisco, California, US to Allen Bonet and Arlene (née Litman). Her opera singer father is an African-American while her mother is an Ashkenazi Jew who was by profession a teacher.
Her parents parted ways when she was still young. She has many half-siblings, all younger to her.
She delved into acting as a child artist at 11 years of age performing in commercials. She also appeared in many beauty pageants and featured in guest spots on TV series during her childhood.
She studied in the Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, California, and then majored in acting from Celluloid Actor's Studio located in North Hollywood.
Her initial acting endeavours include playing Carla in the American medical drama black comedy TV series ‘St. Elsewhere’ in the seventh episode of its second season titled ‘Entrapment’ that featured on December 7, 1983.
Her breakthrough came in 1984 when she landed up playing the role of Denise Huxtable, the free-spirited and rebellious second child of Dr. Cliff and Clair Huxtable, in the American TV sitcom ‘The Cosby Show’ starring Bill Cosby.
‘The Cosby Show’ that premiered on NBC on September 20, 1984 and ran for 8 seasons till April 30, 1992, was a hit being rated #1 show on TV for five of its consecutive seasons.
Bonet garnered immense popularity playing Denise in ‘The Cosby Show’ featuring on-and-off in the series starting from its first episode titled ‘Theo's Economic Lesson’ till the twenty-fourth episode of its seventh season titled ‘Cliff and Jake’ that featured on April 11, 1991, thus appearing in a total of 98 episodes.
Her remarkable performance in ‘The Cosby Show’ earned her ‘Emmy Award’ and ‘Young Artist Award’ nomination.
Meanwhile in 1985, she featured in two American anthology TV series - as Justine in the episode ‘The Satanic Piano’ from the series ‘Tales from the Darkside’, and as Carrie in the series ‘ABC Afterschool Special’.
She succeeded on small-screen as Denise Huxtable, and forayed into big-screen flicks featuring as Epiphany Proudfoot in the Alan Parker directed American neo-noir psychological horror film ‘Angel Heart’ starring opposite Mickey Rourke and Robert De Niro. The film released on March 6, 1987.
'Angel Heart’ saw her coming out of her goody-goody image of Denise and featuring in explicit scenes with Rourke. It fetched her ‘Young Artist Award’ for Best Young Female Superstar in Motion Pictures at the 9th Youth in Film Awards as also a ‘Saturn Award’ nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
She then went on to pose nude for several magazines including a topless centrespread in ‘Interview’.
Her professional relationship with Bill Cosby, her boss and co-star of ‘The Cosby Show’, remained difficult, especially with regard to her performance in ‘Angel Heart’ which is rumoured to have led to her exit from the series.
Her brilliant performance as Denise Huxtable and popularity of the character however saw her reprising the role in the sitcom ‘A Different World’, a spin-off of ‘The Cosby Show’ that premiered on NBC on September 24, 1987; as also in the TV special ‘The Earth Day Special’ that aired on April 22, 1990, on ABC.
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