Nov. 16th, 1967
San Francisco, California, USA
Lisa Bonet's Main TV Roles
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Lisa Bonet was born in San Francisco but has lived most of her life in New York and Los Angeles, where she attended Reseda High School and Celluloid Actor's Studio. Lisa is the child of a Jewish mother and a black father who was a music teacher. Her parents divorced when she was young, and she began acting in commercials at the age of 11. At age 16, she landed the role of Denise Huxtable in the hit comedy series "The Cosby Show" (1984). The show made her a popular actress. In the mid '80s, she met Lenny Kravitz at a New Edition concert in Los Angeles. At the time, Lenny was a struggling, unknown musician who went by the name Romeo Blue. It wasn't long after they started dating that Lisa and Lenny's relationship was all over the tabloids. The two lovers were said to be soulmates, as they both shared a neo-hippie persona and biracial background (Lenny is also half-black, half-Jewish). In 1987 Lisa and Lenny got married (they went to Las Vegas and eloped), and they had a daughter named Zoe in 1988. By 1989, Lenny had landed a record deal and recorded his first album, "Let Love Rule." Lisa co-wrote a couple of songs on the album and was said to be the inspiration for most of the album. Lisa even directed Lenny's first video for "Let Love Rule." But Lisa and Lenny's relationship was full of problems from the start, including intense scrutiny from the media and Lenny's reported infidelities. It was around this time that Lisa made a deliberate attempt to shed her "goody-two-shoes" Cosby daughter image by making the controversial movie Angel Heart (1987), wherein she had racy nude and sex scenes. The backlash from making Angel Heart (1987) is rumored to have prompted Lisa's exit from "The Cosby Show" (1984). But with Bill Cosby's help, Lisa landed on another comedy series, "A Different World" (1987), in which she starred as a student at a historically black university. But perhaps because of her personal problems, Lisa began showing up late for work (or sometimes not at all), and she was fired from the series. She and Lenny separated in a bitter breakup and eventually divorced in 1993. Lenny's second album, "Mama Said," filled with songs about heartache, is said to be mostly about Lisa. After her divorce from Lenny, Lisa faded from the high-profile stardom she had experienced when she was in a relationship with him, while Lenny became more famous than his ex-wife. No longer an in-demand actress, Lisa occasionally made B-movies, many of which went straight to video. In 1992, Lisa started dating yoga instructor Bryan Kest. They began living together and it was around this time that Lisa legally changed her name to Lilakoi Moon, although she still uses the name Lisa Bonet for her entertainment career. Lisa has said that she has deliberately cut back on acting so that she could spend more time with her family. However, she did make a brief return to the spotlight in 1998 by co-starring with Will Smith (I) in the big-budget hit movie Enemy of the State (1998) and had an important role in High Fidelity (2000). Lisa has since become friends with her ex-husband Lenny again. And in an "aren't we all just one big happy family" situation, her best friend is Cree Summer, a former co-star on "A Different World" (1987) who released an album produced by her long-time friend Lenny Kravitz. It was Lisa who suggested that Lenny produce the album, and Lisa directed a promotional video for the album. As of 2007, Lisa lives in the Los Angeles area with her children.
- Had her name legally changed to Lilakoi Moon in 1995.
- Gave birth on July 23, 2007, to her second child, a girl named Lola Iolani Momoa with 'Jason Momoa' (qv) of _"Stargate: Atlantis" (2004)_ (qv). Their son is named Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa was born on December 15, 2008. Namakaeha is Jason's middle name. He researched his son's first middle name: Mana(strength/spirit) kaua(rain) Po(dark). Nakoa means "warrior".
- Shed her 'girl next door' image by posing suggestively for the cover of the May 19, 1988, issue of "Rolling Stone" magazine.
- Is a vegetarian.
- Lisa does not have a son named Desikachar with former boyfriend 'Bryan Kest' (qv). This was a widely spread Internet rumor.
- Daughter (with singer 'Lenny Kravitz' (qv)) 'Zoë Kravitz' (qv) born 1 December 1988.
- The 'Lenny Kravitz' (qv) song "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over" was written about her.
- Has had a hip hop album tribute to her by the duo "Felt" (Slug of Atmosphere and Murs of Living Legends) entitled "Felt 2: A tribute to Lisa Bonet." The first was entitled "Felt: A Tribute to Christina Ricci".