What’s been going on with Lisa Bonet? After making quite a name for herself in the 1980s – “The Cosby Show,” “A Different World,” her nude Rolling Stone cover, and marriage to Lenny Kravitz proved Lisa both unpredictable and unique – she has remained aloof and very selective in when she works. Returning to television in 2008 with “Life on Mars” may seem unusual for those familiar with Lisa’s past, but this anti-mainstream approach to just about all aspects of life started in Lisa’s childhood.
Born in San Francisco in 1967, her father was African American and mother Jewish. She divided her time between New York and Los Angeles before her debut on “St. Elsewhere” in 1983. Within a year, Lisa joined “The Cosby Show” as the eldest daughter, Denise Huxtable – a run that lasted eight seasons on NBC. Lisa starred in the brief spin-off series “A Different World” in 1987, the same year she married Lenny Kravitz, a marriage that produced a daughter, Zoe, in 1988. The divorce was final in 1993.
It was during this time period, the early 1990s, when Lisa made significant steps in backing away from regular appearances on TV and film. She legally changed her name to Lilakoi Moon while maintaining “Lisa Bonet” as her stage name. Lisa chose few roles during this decade, with “Enemy of the State” her most notable performance in 1998. She made a memorable John Cusack ex-girlfriend in “High Fidelity” in 2000 and starred as Queenie in “Biker Boyz” in 2003. Her steady boyfriend in the 2000s has been Jason Momoa, an actor from “Baywatch.”
Lisa Bonet in "Life on Mars."
Lisa on the Web
Lisa’s ultimate web resource.
TV Guide: Lisa Bonet
News, listings, and photos of Lisa.
Decent bio covering both personal life and career.
Photos, bio, and links to new works.
“Life on Mars” Official Site
ABC’s page for their new series.
Lisa on Video
Short clip of Lisa in an interview.
Cosby Show Channel
YouTube channel has plenty of video clips from the show.
“Angel Heart” Trailer
Lisa joins Robert De Niro and Mickey Rourke in the 1987 film.
Lisa on the Screen
She’s Denise Huxtable on both “The Cosby Show” and “A Different World,” costars with Mickey Rourke and Robert De Niro in “Angel Hearts,” is Priscilla in “Bank Robber,” Catherine Briggs in the 1994 film “Dead Connection,” and Rachel Banks in “Enemy of the State.” Lisa makes a memorable appearance as Marie De Salle in “High Fidelity,” is Queenie in “Biker Boyz,” Mae Evans in “Whitepaddy,” and Maya Daniels in “Life on Mars.”
Lisa returns to primetime television in the new ABC series “Life on Mars,” premiering in October 2008.
On her legacy:
“I have a desire to create more film, more beauty, more art, more love, but I don't feel desperate. It's not about creating or building a career.”
On her privacy:
“Let those who know know, and let me keep what little privacy I can.”
On her philosophy:
“It's from our sufferings that we form our consciousness.”