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Also Known As: Joie Susannah Lee, Joy Lee Died:
Born: Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, producer

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Actress and screenwriter who projects a prickly and independent intelligence on screen. The sister of Spike Lee, Joie (pronounced zhwa) Lee made her film acting debut in her brother's "She's Gotta Have It" (1986) and has appeared in all of his films to date (as his sister in "Do the Right Thing" 1989 and as a romantic lead in "Mo' Better Blues" 1990). She was also featured in the independent thriller "Bail Jumper" (1989), the remake of "A Kiss Before Dying" (1991) as well as Jonathan Demme's music video for the Nevile Brothers, "Sister Rosa." Lee made her stage debut as the lead in the Zora Neale Hurston-Langston Hughes collaboration, "Mule Bone" on Broadway in 1991. Lee started Child Hoods productions with brother Cinque around 1992, becoming the associate producer, story writer and co-screenwriter of Spike's effort "Crooklyn" (1994). Loosely based on the Lees' own childhoods, the film featured an African-American Brooklyn family in the 70s with a focus on the family's ten year old daughter. In addition to her other contributions, Lee played the family's Aunt Maxine in "Crooklyn."

Actress and screenwriter who projects a prickly and independent intelligence on screen. The sister of Spike Lee, Joie (pronounced zhwa) Lee made her film acting debut in her brother's "She's Gotta Have It" (1986) and has appeared in all of his films to date (as his sister in "Do the Right Thing" 1989 and as a romantic lead in "Mo' Better Blues" 1990). She was also featured in the independent thriller "Bail Jumper" (1989), the remake of "A Kiss Before Dying" (1991) as well as Jonathan Demme's music video for the Nevile Brothers, "Sister Rosa." Lee made her stage debut as the lead in the Zora Neale Hurston-Langston Hughes collaboration, "Mule Bone" on Broadway in 1991.

Lee started Child Hoods productions with brother Cinque around 1992, becoming the associate producer, story writer and co-screenwriter of Spike's effort "Crooklyn" (1994). Loosely based on the Lees' own childhoods, the film featured an African-American Brooklyn family in the 70s with a focus on the family's ten year old daughter. In addition to her other contributions, Lee played the family's Aunt Maxine in "Crooklyn."

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CAST: (feature film)

3.
 Full Grown Men (2006)
4.
 She Hate Me (2004)
5.
 Coffee and Cigarettes (2003) Good Twin
6.
 Best Man, The (1999) Additional Voices
7.
 Personals (1999) Poet Woman
8.
 Summer of Sam (1999) Bed Stuy Woman Interviewed
9.
 Nowhere Fast (1996)
10.
 Get on the Bus (1996) Jindal
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2000:
Acted in the Off-Broadway drama "The Hologram Theory"; billed as Joie Susannah Lee
1986:
Appeared in Jim Jarmusch's short, "Coffee and Cigarettes"
1986:
Film debut in brother's "She's Gotta Have It"
1996:
Had featured role in "Nowhere Fast", helmed by brother Cinque
1989:
Acted in Spike's "Do the Right Thing"
1996:
Acted in two of Spike's movies "Girl 6" and "Get on the Bus"
1999:
Appeared in "Summer of Sam"
1991:
Made stage and Broadway debut in "Mule Bone" (as Joy Lee)
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"Frenchified" her name "Joy" to "Joie" as a teenager
1994:
Served as an associate producer and co-screenwriter of "Crooklyn", a semi-autobiographical film directed by Spike Lee
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Started doing odd jobs for her brother Spike and cooking for the crew while he was making student films at NYU
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Education

Sarah Lawrence College: Bronxville, New York -
Sarah Lawrence College: Bronxville, New York -
St Ann's School: Brooklyn, New York -

Notes

Joie Lee's Actors' Equity professional name is 'Joy Lee' and she made her stage debut as such.

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companion:
Cliff Booker. Hairdresser. College classmate of Spike Lee's; met c. 1989.

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father:
Bill Lee. Composer, bassist. Scored all of Spike Lee's films and appeared in several; married Susan Kaplan after Jacquelyn Lee's death; has son, Arnold, born c. 1985; arrested for possession of heroin October 24, 1991.
mother:
Jacquelyn Lee. Teacher. Died 1977; taught art and black literature at St. Ann's School in Brooklyn Heights; died of cancer 1976.
brother:
Spike Lee. Writer; director; actor. Born 1956.
brother:
Chris Lee. Born c. 1958; in charge of merchandising movie memorabilia at Spike's Joint, Spike Lee's Brooklyn store.
brother:
David Lee. Documentary photographer. Born c. 1960; served as still photographer on "She's Gotta Have It", "School Daze", "Do the Right Thing" and "Mo' Better Blues".
half-brother:
Arnold Lee. Born c. 1985; mother Susan Kaplan.
brother:
Cinque Lee. Actor. Born in Brooklyn c. 1968; videotaped a documentary on the making of "Do the Right Thing", co-wrote "Crooklyn" (1994); started Child Hoods productions with Joie, c. 1992.
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