Yvette Lee Bowser
Yvette Lee Bowser
Yvette Denise Lee
June 9, 1965
|Occupation||Television producer, screenwriter|
Yvette Denise Lee Bowser (born June 9, 1965) is an American television writer and producer. She is perhaps best known for writing and producing Half & Half, Living Single, and A Different World. With Living Single, she became the first African-American woman to develop her own prime-time series.
While still working as Yvette Denise Lee, Bowser started on A Different World in 1987 as one of a number of apprentices, rising in prominence in the production company over the years and eventually becoming producer by the 1991-92 season. She left that show to take a position with Hangin' with Mr. Cooper.
Bowser created her own company, Sister Lee Productions, which produced or co-produced her later shows, Living Single and Half & Half. She has said in various interviews that she draws many of her characters and plots from personal experiences: "I just basically rip pages out of my diary to tell stories on TV." In the case of Half & Half, for example, the writer based the characters Mona and Dee-Dee on herself and an older half-sister, and plot ideas came from her experience as the youngest child in a blended family.
Yvette Lee Bowser married producer Kyle Bowser in 1994. The two worked together on Living Single, Half & Half, and For Your Love. She graduated from Santa Monica High School in 1983 where she attended with Holly Robinson – who was a part of the Hangin' with Mr. Cooper cast and later starred in For Your Love. After high school she attended Stanford University where, in 1986, she pledged the Xi Beta chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.
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