Who is Lisa Bonet?
Born Lisa Michelle Bonet on the 16th November 1967, in San Francisco, California USA, she is an actress, perhaps still best known to the world as Denise Huxtable in the sitcom “The Cosby Show”, and also as Mae Evans in the film “Whitepaddy” among other differing roles.
Early Life and Education
Born to Allen Bonet, an African-American opera singer, and Arlene Bonet, a Jewish music teacher, Lisa was influenced towards performing arts from an early age, but instead of music, she chose acting. She went to Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, California, and later studied acting at the Celluloid Actor’s Studio in North Hollywood.
Lisa’s career started in the early ‘80s, but before she decided to pursue acting as a full-time career, Lisa was focused on modeling and beauty pageants. However, in 1983 she made her acting debut, as Carla in the TV series “St. Elsewhere”, then had several minor roles before she was chosen for the part of Denise Huxtable in the sitcom “The Cosby Show”.
Rise to Prominence
Only 16 when chosen for the part of Denise and without any major experience, Lisa accepted Bill Cosby as her TV father. Learning from one of the best-known comic actors, Lisa reached stardom while in the show. From 1984 until 1991 she featured in 119 episodes of the Golden Globe Award-winning series, which considerably increased her net worth and popularity. Lisa herself was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work in the series. Thanks to the massive success of the series and popularity of her character, Lisa got her own spin-off series “A Different World”, which followed her life in college. This also contributed to her net worth and popularity.
Career After “The Cosby Show”
The series ended in the early ‘90s, and Lisa continued to build her career by appearing in such films as “Bank Robber” (1994), starring next to Patrick Dempsey and Judge Reinhold, then “New Eden” the same year, with Stephen Baldwin and Tobin Bell, and in 1998 featured in the highly-acclaimed action film “Enemy of the State”, starring Will Smith, Gene Hackman and Jon Voight. She started the new millennium with a supporting role in the music drama “High Fidelity”, starring John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, and Todd Louiso, while in 2002 she starred in the sci-fi television film “Lathe of Heaven”, next to James Caan and Lukas Haas.
She then portrayed Detective Maya Daniels in the short-lived crime-drama mystery series “Life on Mars” (2008-2009), and then made a hiatus from acting until 2014. She returned to the acting scene with the female lead role in the thriller drama film “Road to Paloma”, next to her husband Jason Momoa, and Robert Homer Mollohan, then portrayed Sky Van Der Veen in the TV series “The Red Road” (2014-2015). In recent years, Lisa played Marisol Campos in the TV series “Ray Donovan”, and appeared in the short film “Jellywolf”.
How Rich Lisa Bonet is?
Being in the entertainment industry for more than 30 years has made Lisa rather rich. So let’s see into her net worth. According to authoritative sources, Lisa’s net worth is as high as $16 million, which is pretty neat, don’t you think? She didn’t boast about her luxurious belongings so far and has avoided scandals and controversies.
Life Behind the Scene
Lisa has become known for her relationship with famous African-American singer Lenny Kravitz – the two eloped on the 16th November 1987, when Lisa turned 20 years, and remained together until 1993, having a daughter together, Zoë Isabella Kravitz, now a singer, model and actress as well.
Lisa subsequently started a romantic relationship with actor Jason Momoa, and after two years decided to exchange their vows. Though their marriage supposedly remained a secret for almost ten years, it felt like everybody knew that the couple were married. They have two children together, Lola Iolani Momoa and Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa.
Back in 1995, Lisa legally changed her name to Lilakoi Moon, apparently to honor her personal life outside her professional life, but still uses Lisa as her name for professional purposes. Since the ‘90s, she has also pursued other interests, including yoga, art, music, as well as her children.
Social Media Presence
Although she became quite successful since making her acting debut, Lisa hasn’t been focused much on building a social media fan base. Her Twitter account has less than 500 followers, while her official Facebook page has been liked by just over 50,000 people.
— Lisa Bonet (@LisaBonetRP) March 4, 2013
Interview on Allegations on Bill Cosby
When asked about her former co-star and her TV dad, and the sexual abuse charges against him, Lisa stated that she always felt the sinister energy around Bill, but wasn’t aware of any wrongdoings. She has remained silent about allegations, but stated that she isn’t surprised.