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Zoe Kravitz
Born Zoë Isabella Kravitz
December 1, 1988 (1988-12-01) (age 21)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2007–present

Zoë Isabella Kravitz (born December 1, 1988) is an American actress and singer. She has appeared in the films The Brave One (2007) with Jodie Foster, and No Reservations (2007) with Catherine Zeta-Jones. She is the daughter of musician Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet.

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Early life

Kravitz was born in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Lenny Kravitz, a musician, and Lisa Bonet, an actress.[1] Her paternal grandmother, actress Roxie Roker, was a Black Bahamian American and a first cousin of Al Roker, and her maternal grandfather, Allen Bonet, is an African American. Kravitz's paternal grandfather, Sy Kravitz, and maternal grandmother, Arlene Litman, were both Jewish.[2]

Kravitz attended Miami Country Day School in Miami, Florida, and then Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, New York. She briefly attended the prestigious SUNY Purchase Acting Conservatory, until her film career proved to be too hectic.

Career

Kravitz made her feature film debut in No Reservations in 2007, directed by Scott Hicks, appearing alongside Catherine Zeta Jones and Aaron Eckhart. She also starred that year with Jodie Foster and Terrance Howard in the action thriller film The Brave One, directed by Neil Jordan. Kravitz completed work on both films during her final year at high school. She also appeared in Cree Summer's music video Savior Self.

Kravitz also gained media attention by appearing in magazines such as French Jalouse, Venus Zine and Elle.[3][4] Because of her successful film career she is also known in European countries, including Sweden and Finland.[5][6]

She appeared in Jay-Z's video for the single "I Know", and was also featured singing in "We Are The Ones", Will. i. am.'s online video in support of U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama. Kravitz co-stars in the independent drama, The Greatest, co-produced by Pierce Brosnan's Irish DreamTime Prods. and Silverwood Films. The cast of the film also includes Carey Mulligan, Michael Shannon, Aaron Johnson and Johnny Simmons.[7] The film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Kravitz fronts the Philadelphia band Elevator Fight. The band performed on the main stage of Philadelphia's Roots Picnic in June 2009, along with The Roots, TV On The Radio, and The Black Keys.[8] Kravitz finished the film Yelling to the Sky with Gabby Sidibe.[9] She joined the cast of It's Kind of a Funny Story, a coming-of-age film written and directed by Anna Boden with Ryan Fleck, adapted from the 2006 novel by Ned Vizzini.[10] Kravitz is also the face of Vera Wang's Princess fragrance, appearing on the website and in advertisements for the brand.[11]

Kravitz will appear in Twelve (2010), directed by Joel Schumacher. Adaptated from the cult novel of the same name by Nick McDonell, the film tells the story of a group of wealthy and reckless teens from the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, and 50 Cent also appear in the film, which premieres at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.[12]

Personal life

Kravitz had a relationship with actor Ben Foster in 2008.[13] She has been dating musician Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT since November 2008 according to the New York Post.[14]

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
2007 No Reservations Charlotte Feature film debut
The Brave One Chloe
2008 Assassination of a High School President Valerie
Birds of America Gillian
2009 The Greatest Ashley
2010 Yelling to the Sky Sweetness O'Hara
Twelve Gabby
Beware the Gonzo Evie Wallace
It's Kind of a Funny Story Nia

References

  1. ^ "Actress Lisa Bonet gives birth to a girl, names her Zoe". The Providence Journal. December 3, 1988.
  2. ^ Jewish people
  3. ^ Zoë Kravitz on the cover of French Jalouse - magazine
  4. ^ Zoë Kravitz in Elle magazine
  5. ^ Swedish article about celebrity kids
  6. ^ Lenny Kravitz's daughter wants a film career
  7. ^ Simmons, Leslie (July 23, 2008). "Five cast in 'Greatest'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on July 24, 2008.
  8. ^ Johnson, James (June 6, 2009). "Music: Music this week". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved on June 7, 2009.
  9. ^ Yadegaran, Jessica (2009-11-12), "Gabourey Sidibe on being 'Precious'", San Jose Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com/movies-dvd/ci_13763264, retrieved 2009-11-15  
  10. ^ Kit, Borys (November 2, 2009). "Keir Gilchrist to star in 'Funny Story'". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on November 8, 2009.
  11. ^ "Lenny Kravitz's rock offspring stars in 'royal' perfume ads". The Independent. November 21, 2009. Retrieved on November 22, 2009.
  12. ^ McCarthy, Todd (December 3, 2009). "Sundance unveils complete lineup". Variety. Retrieved on December 8, 2009.
  13. ^ Beggy, Carol; & Shanahan, Mark (April 4, 2008). "Greening up". The Boston Globe. Retrieved on February 2, 2009.
  14. ^ Johnson, Richard (November 1, 2008). "Rocker Genes". New York Post. Retrieved on February 2, 2009.

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