Lisa Michelle Bonet
November 16, 1967
|Known for||Denise Huxtable – The Cosby Show, A Different World|
(m. 1987; div. 1993)
|Children||3; including Zoë Kravitz|
Lilakoi Moon (born Lisa Michelle Bonet; November 16, 1967), known professionally as Lisa Bonet, is an American actor and activist. As an actor, Bonet is perhaps best known for work with American actor and comedian Bill Cosby, starring in two of his productions on NBC, The Cosby Show (1984–1992) and A Different World (1987–1993), as the unorthodox, free-spirited Denise Huxtable. After The Cosby Show ended in 1992, Bonet entered a state of semi-retirement from acting, only sporadically appearing in films and on television.
Moon was born Lisa Michelle Bonet on November 16, 1967, in San Francisco, California, to Arlene Joyce Litman (1940–1998), a music teacher of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage from Pennsylvania, and Allen Bonet, an opera singer of African American heritage from Texas. She has five half-sisters and two half-brothers by her father's marriage to Deborah Church. Bonet graduated from Birmingham High School, in Van Nuys, and later studied acting at the Celluloid Actor's Studio in North Hollywood.
After being in beauty competitions and appearing in guest spots on television series as a child, Bonet landed the role of Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show, the second oldest child of the parents played by 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's life at college. That year, Bonet, then 19, played 17-year-old Epiphany Proudfoot in the movie Angel Heart opposite Mickey Rourke. In the film, several seconds of an explicit scene she shared with Rourke (filmed when she was 18) were edited to ensure an R rating. It was followed by a topless centerspread in Interview magazine.
After announcing her pregnancy during the run of A Different World, Bonet left the series. She returned to The Cosby Show the following year, but was fired in April 1991 because of "creative differences". After The Cosby Show, Bonet appeared in direct-to-video releases and made-for-television movies.
In September 1992, Bonet hosted Why Bother Voting?, an election special focusing on young voters' concerns and apathy. She had supporting roles in the 1998 film Enemy of the State and the 2000 film High Fidelity. In 2003 she played Queenie in Biker Boyz, which reunited her with her A Different World co-star Kadeem Hardison.
Bonet co starred in the film Whitepaddy in 2005. While she did not have another film role until 2014's Road to Paloma, she did make a number of appearances in episodes of television dramas and comedies, starting in 2008 in the American adaptation of the British television series Life on Mars. She had a recurring role in the 2014–15 series The Red Road, starring her partner and future husband Jason Momoa.
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.
Bonet gave birth to their daughter Zoë Isabella Kravitz on December 1, 1988. She and Kravitz divorced in 1993. In 1995, Bonet legally changed her name to Lilakoi Moon, although she still uses the name Lisa Bonet professionally.
In a 1990 interview on The Phil Donahue Show, Bonet claimed that vaccines could potentially "introduce alien microorganisms into our children’s blood" that could cause "cancer, leukemia, multiple sclerosis, [and] Sudden Infant Death Syndrome."
|1987||Angel Heart||Epiphany Proudfoot|
|1994||Final Combination||Catherine Briggs|
|1998||Enemy of the State||Rachel Banks|
|2000||High Fidelity||Marie De Salle|
|2013||Road to Paloma||Magdalena|
|1983||St. Elsewhere||Carla||Episode: "Entrapment"|
|1984–91||The Cosby Show||Denise Huxtable||119 episodes|
|1985||Tales from the Darkside||Justine||Episode: "The Satanic Piano"|
|ABC Afterschool Special||Carrie||1 episode|
|1987–89||A Different World||Denise Huxtable||23 episodes|
|1990||The Earth Day Special||Denise Huxtable|
|1992||Why Bother Voting?||Herself||Elections special with Bonet as host.|
|1994||New Eden||Lily||Television movie|
|2002||Lathe of Heaven||Heather Lelache||Television movie|
|2008–09||Life on Mars||Maya Daniels||5 episodes|
|2013–14||Drunk History||Mary Ellen Pleasant and Rosa Parks||2 episodes|
|2014–15||The Red Road||Sky Van Der Veen||7 episodes|
|2014||New Girl||Brenda Brown||Episode: "Teachers"|
|2016||Girls||Tandice Moncrief||Episodes: "Homeward Bound", "Love Stories"|
|2016||Ray Donovan||Marisol||Recurring – Season 4|
- Music video director
|1990||"It Never Rains (In Southern California)"||Tony! Toni! Toné!|
|1991||"Stand By My Woman"||Lenny Kravitz|
1999 "Revelation Sunshine" Cree Summer
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)|
|1988||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)|
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Bonet was born in the heart of the hippie movement, in November 1967 in San Francisco, to a white Jewish schoolteacher mother and a black opera-singing father.
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