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Lisa Bonet
Born Lisa Michelle Bonet[1]
November 16, 1967 (1967-11-16) (age 42)[2]
San Francisco, California, U.S.[3]
Other name(s) Lilakoi Moon
Occupation Actress
Years active 1983—present
Spouse(s) Lenny Kravitz (1987-1993)
Domestic partner(s) Jason Momoa (2005-present)

Lilakoi Moon[1] (born Lisa Michelle Bonet; November 16, 1967), known professionally as Lisa Bonet, is an American actress. She is best known for portraying the character of Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show and its spinoff A Different World.



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 Rashād, et al. In 1987, she briefly left The Cosby Show to star in the spin-off version, A Different World that focused on Denise Huxtable's life at college. That year, Bonet accepted the role of Epiphany Proudfoot in the movie Angel Heart opposite Mickey Rourke, directed by Alan Parker. Her part in the film was controversial: she appeared in a graphic sex scene with Rourke, from which scenes had to be censored in order to ensure an R rating, though later an uncut X rated version was released.[2] After announcing her pregnancy during the run of A Different World, Bonet left the series. [3] The following year, she returned to The Cosby Show, but was fired in 1991 for "creative differences".[4][5]

After The Cosby Show, Bonet began to accept jobs on straight-to-video releases and made-for-TV movies. 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.[6]

In August 2006, Nick at Nite briefly aired A Different World. Bonet appeared in a week-long A Different World reunion special that aired on Nick at Nite--along with fellow co-stars Hardison, Jasmine Guy, Cree Summer, Dawnn Lewis, Darryl M. Bell, and Sinbad-- as promotion for the series being on Nick at Nite. Also, Bonet co-starred in the 2006 film Whitepaddy, alongside Sherilyn Fenn, Hill Harper, Debra Wilson, Karen Black, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.


Bonet was born in San Francisco, California.[4][7] Her African American father Allen Bonet (1928-2008), was an opera singer; and her Jewish mother Arlene Litman (1930-), was a teacher. She also has a younger sister who attended an elite private school in Marin County north of San Francisco;[citation needed] and another who attended Oberlin College.[citation needed]

Bonet attended Reseda High School in Reseda, California, and Celluloid Actor's Studio in North Hollywood where she majored in acting.[8]

Lisa has had limited interaction with her family for several years for unknown reasons.[9][10]

Personal life

On November 16, 1987—her 20th birthday—she eloped with 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.[10]

She gave birth to daughter Zoë Isabella on December 1, 1988. She and Kravitz separated and eventually divorced in 1993.

In 1992 Bonet legally changed her name to Lilakoi Moon, although she still uses the name Lisa Bonet for her entertainment career.[11]

On July 23, 2007, Bonet gave birth to her second child, daughter Lola Iolani Momoa. This is the first of two children with Jason Momoa, an actor noted for his roles in the television shows Baywatch and Stargate Atlantis. On December 15, 2008, Bonet and Momoa had a son, Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa.[12]


Year Film Role Other notes
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
2006 Whitepaddy Mae Evans
Year Title Role Notes
1983 St. Elsewhere Carla Episode: "Entrapment"
1984-1991 The Cosby Show Denise Huxtable Kendall 103 episodes
1985 Tales from the Darkside Justine Episode: "The Satanic Piano"
ABC Afterschool Special Carrie 1 episode
1987-1988 A Different World Denise Huxtable 22 episodes
1994 New Eden Lily Television movie
2002 Lathe of Heaven Heather Lelache Television movie
2008 Life on Mars (U.S. version) Maya Daniels 2 episodes

Awards and nominations

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)
1986 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)


  1. ^ Johnston, Lauren (January 9, 2009). "Lisa Bonet names new baby Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa". Daily News. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  2. ^ "Appeals Board Upholds 'Angel Heart' X Rating". The New York Times. 1987-02-21. 
  3. ^ Hunt, Darnell. "A Different World". Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  4. ^ Allis, Tim (1992-05-04). "Leaving the Nest". People.,,20112613,00.html. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  5. ^ "Backstage at the last Cosby Show - television program". Ebony. 1992-05. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  6. ^ Westbrook, Caroline (2003-09-14). "Lisa Bonet". SomethingJewish. Retrieved 2006-12-13. 
  7. ^ "Lisa Bonet Biography (1967-)". Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  8. ^ "Lisa Bonet Biography". Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  9. ^ Gibel Azoulay, Katya (1997). Black, Jewish, and Interracial: It's Not the Color of Your Skin, But the Race of Your Kin : and Other Myths of Identity. Duke University Press. p. 14. ISBN 0-822-31971-3. 
  10. ^ a b Cooper, Carol (1990). "Let love rule - Lisa Bonet and husband Lenny Kravitz". Essence Magazine. Retrieved 2006-12-13. 
  11. ^ Westbrook, Caroline (2003-09-14). "Lisa Bonet". Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  12. ^ "Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa Welcome Son Nakoa-Wolf". 2009-01-07. 

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Lisa Bonet (born Liliquois Moon on November 16, 1967) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Denise Huxtable on television shows, The Cosby Show and A Different World. She was also married to singer Lenny Kravitz from 1987 to 1993.

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