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Other names
Lilakoi Moon

Lisa Bonet

Reseda High School



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Full Name
Lisa Michelle Bonet

November 16, 1967 (age 48) (

Known for
Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Showand its spinoff A Different World

Jason Momoa (m. 2007), Lenny Kravitz (m. 1987–1993)

Zoe Kravitz, Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa, Lola Iolani Momoa

Arlene Litman, Allen Bonet

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Jason Momoa, Zoe Kravitz, Lenny Kravitz, Lola Iolani Momoa, Malcolm‑Jamal Warner

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Lisa Bonet (born November 16, 1967) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Denise Huxtable on the NBC sitcom, The Cosby Show (1984–92) and originally starring in its spinoff comedy, A Different World for its first season (1987–88).


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Early life

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Bonet was born in San Francisco, California.[1] Her Texas-born African-American father, Allen Bonet, is an opera singer; her Jewish mother, Arlene (née Litman), was a music teacher. She has several younger half-siblings. Bonet attended Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, California. She attended the Celluloid Actor's Studio in North Hollywood where she majored in acting.


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After being in beauty pageants and appearing in guest spots on television series as a child, Bonet landed the role of Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show alongside Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad. In 1987, she briefly left The Cosby Show to star in the spin-off series A Different World, which focused on Denise Huxtable's life at college.

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That year, Bonet, then 19, accepted the role of 17-year-old Epiphany Proudfoot in the movie Angel Heart opposite Mickey Rourke, directed by Alan Parker. In the film, several seconds of an explicit scene she shared with Rourke were edited to ensure an R rating. It was followed by a topless centerspread in Interview magazine.

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After announcing her pregnancy during the run of A Different World, Bonet left the series. The following year, she returned to The Cosby Show, but was fired in April 1991 because of "creative differences".

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After The Cosby Show, Bonet began to accept jobs on straight-to-video releases and made-for-television movies. In September 1992, she hosted Why Bother Voting?, an elections special focusing on the concerns and apathy of young voters. In 1998 she had a supporting role in Enemy of the State with Will Smith. In 2000, she appeared in the movie High Fidelity. In 2003, she played the role of Queenie in Biker Boyz, which reunited her with former co-star Kadeem Hardison of A Different World.

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Bonet also co-starred in the film Whitepaddy in 2006, alongside Sherilyn Fenn, Hill Harper, Debra Wilson, Karen Black, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Two years later, she appeared in the United States adaptation of the British television series, Life on Mars.

Personal life

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On November 16, 1987, her 20th birthday, she eloped with singer Lenny Kravitz to Las Vegas.

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Bonet recalled of their relationship:

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

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In 2005, she began a relationship with actor Jason Momoa, and they married on November 15, 2007. On July 23, 2007, Bonet gave birth to her second child, Lola Iolani Momoa, her first with Momoa. On December 15, 2008, the couple had a son named Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa.




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