Lisa Bonet

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Lisa Bonet
Lisa Michelle Bonet

(1967-11-16) November 16, 1967 (age 52)
EducationBirmingham High School
Years active1982–present
Known forDenise HuxtableThe Cosby Show, A Different World
(m. 1987; div. 1993)

(m. 2017)
Children3; including Zoë Kravitz

Lisa Michelle Bonet (born November 16, 1967)[1][2][3] is an American actress and activist. Bonet played Denise Huxtable on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show, which originally aired from 1984 to 1992, and starred in its spinoff comedy A Different World for its first season (1987–1988).[4]

Early life[edit]

Bonet was born in San Francisco, California,[1][5] the daughter of Arlene (née Litman), a Jewish music teacher, and Allen Bonet, an African-American opera singer from Texas.[6][7][8][1][3] She has several younger half siblings. Bonet attended Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, California.[9] She attended the Celluloid Actor's Studio in North Hollywood, where she majored in acting.[10]


After being in beauty competitions and appearing in guest spots on television series as a child, Bonet landed the role of Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show, the second oldest child of the parents played by Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad.[11]

In 1987, she briefly left The Cosby Show to star in the spin-off series A Different World, which focused on Denise's life at college. That year, Bonet, then 19, played 17-year-old Epiphany Proudfoot in the movie Angel Heart opposite Mickey Rourke.[12] In the film, several seconds of an explicit scene she shared with Rourke (filmed when she was 18) were edited to ensure an R rating.[13] It was followed by a topless centerspread in Interview magazine.[14]

After announcing her pregnancy during the run of A Different World, Bonet left the series.[15] She returned to The Cosby Show the following year, but was fired in April 1991 because of "creative differences".[16] After The Cosby Show, Bonet appeared in direct-to-video releases and made-for-television movies.

In September 1992, Bonet hosted Why Bother Voting?, an election special focusing on young voters' concerns and apathy. She had supporting roles in the 1998 film Enemy of the State and the 2000 film High Fidelity. In 2003 she played Queenie in Biker Boyz, which reunited her with her A Different World co-star Kadeem Hardison.[17]

Bonet co starred in the film Whitepaddy in 2005. While she did not have another film role until 2014's Road to Paloma, she did make a number of appearances in episodes of television dramas and comedies, starting in 2008 in the American adaptation of the British television series Life on Mars.[18][19] She had a recurring role in the 2014–15 series The Red Road, starring her partner and future husband Jason Momoa.

Personal life[edit]

On November 16, 1987, her 20th birthday, Bonet eloped with American rock singer Lenny Kravitz in Las Vegas. Bonet recalled of their relationship:

It was interesting when we were first finding out about each other, that our backgrounds were so similar. When I first told him my mom was Jewish, and he said "So's my dad," I thought that was both unusual and enchanting. I felt like, "Okay, here's someone who really knows how it is." And I think I trusted him a little more with my feelings and let him inside a little more than I ordinarily would have.[20][21]

Bonet gave birth to their daughter Zoë Isabella Kravitz on December 1, 1988.[22] She and Kravitz divorced in 1993. In 1995, Bonet legally changed her name to Lilakoi Moon, although she still uses the name Lisa Bonet professionally.[23]

In 2005, Bonet began a relationship with actor Jason Momoa. Although it was widely believed that she and Momoa married on November 15, 2007, their marriage was not made official until October 2017.[24] Bonet and Momoa have two children: a daughter born in July 2007,[25] and a son born in December 2008.[26]

In a 1990 interview on The Phil Donahue Show, Bonet said that vaccines could potentially "introduce alien microorganisms into our children’s blood" that could cause "cancer, leukemia, multiple sclerosis, [and] Sudden Infant Death Syndrome."[27]


Years Title Role
1987 Angel Heart Epiphany Proudfoot
1993 Bank Robber Priscilla
1994 Final Combination Catherine Briggs
1998 Enemy of the State Rachel Banks
2000 High Fidelity Marie De Salle
2003 Biker Boyz Queenie
2005 Whitepaddy Mae Evans
2013 Road to Paloma Magdalena
Year Title Role Notes
1983 St. Elsewhere Carla Episode: "Entrapment"
1984–91 The Cosby Show Denise Huxtable 119 episodes
1985 Tales from the Darkside Justine Episode: "The Satanic Piano"
ABC Afterschool Special Carrie 1 episode
1987–89 A Different World Denise Huxtable 23 episodes
1990 The Earth Day Special Denise Huxtable
1992 Why Bother Voting? Herself Elections special with Bonet as host.
1994 New Eden Lily Television movie
2002 Lathe of Heaven Heather Lelache Television movie
2008–09 Life on Mars Maya Daniels 5 episodes
2013–14 Drunk History Mary Ellen Pleasant and Rosa Parks 2 episodes
2014–15 The Red Road Sky Van Der Veen 7 episodes
2014 New Girl Brenda Brown Episode: "Teachers"
2016 Girls Tandice Moncrief Episodes: "Homeward Bound", "Love Stories"
2016 Ray Donovan Marisol Recurring – Season 4
Music video director
Year Song Artist
1990 "It Never Rains (In Southern California)" Tony! Toni! Toné!
1991 "Stand By My Woman" Lenny Kravitz

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Film or series
1985 Young Artist Award Nominated Best Young Supporting Actress in a Television Comedy Series The Cosby Show
1986 Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series The Cosby Show
1988 Best Young Actress Starring in a New Television Comedy Series The Cosby Show
Won Best Young Female Superstar in Motion Pictures Angel Heart
1989 Nominated Best Young Actor/Actress Ensemble in a Television Comedy, Drama Series or Special The Cosby Show (shared with Tempestt Bledsoe, Sabrina Le Beauf, Geoffrey Owens, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Deon Richmond, and Malcolm-Jamal Warner)
1988 Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series The Cosby Show
1988 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress Angel Heart
2001 Black Reel Awards Theatrical – Best Supporting Actress High Fidelity
2006 TV Land Awards Favorite Singing Siblings The Cosby Show (shared with Tempestt Bledsoe, Sabrina Le Beauf, Keshia Knight Pulliam, and Malcolm-Jamal Warner)


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  20. ^ Cooper, Carol (February 1990). "Let Love Rule". Essence. Essence Ventures. p. 104. ProQuest 223114238.
  21. ^ Bloom, Nate. "Interfaith Celebrities: Young, Gifted, Black and Jewish". Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  22. ^ "Zoe Kravitz. Alternate Name: Zoe Isabella Kravitz" at All Movie Guide via The New York Times
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  26. ^ "Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa Welcome Son Nakoa-Wolf". People. New York City: Meredith Corporation. January 7, 2009. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
  27. ^ Dickson, EJ (June 14, 2019). "A Guide to 17 Anti-Vaccination Celebrities". Rolling Stone. New York City: Wenner Media LLC.

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