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Also Known As: Lilakoi Moon, Lisa Michelle Bonet Died:
Born: November 16, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, USA Profession: actor, music video director, lyricist

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A favorite with family audiences for her turn as the outspoken Denise Huxtable on "The Cosby Show" (NBC, 1984-1992), Lisa Bonet was an Emmy-nominated actress who used the popular series to launch herself into feature films. After departing the "Cosby Show," amidst some controversy, she attempted to distance herself from her clean-cut all-American character by appearing in Alan Parker's voodoo thriller "Angel Heart" (1987), which gained attention for her participation in a graphic sex scene with star Mickey Rourke. The gambit failed to develop a film career for Bonet, and by 1987, she was back on television and working for Cosby, who had developed the clean-cut sitcom "A Different World" (NBC, 1987-1993). But a romance with rocker Lenny Kravitz resulted in a child, which forced her to depart the series after its debut season. Her subsequent marriage to Kravitz failed in 1993, and she spent much of the next decade in direct-to-video releases and TV guest spots, trying to get a foothold in the industry yet again. Bonet's career began to reignite at the turn of the new millennium with supporting roles in major features like "Enemy of the State" (1998), "High Fidelity" (2000) and "Biker Boyz" (2003). But...

A favorite with family audiences for her turn as the outspoken Denise Huxtable on "The Cosby Show" (NBC, 1984-1992), Lisa Bonet was an Emmy-nominated actress who used the popular series to launch herself into feature films. After departing the "Cosby Show," amidst some controversy, she attempted to distance herself from her clean-cut all-American character by appearing in Alan Parker's voodoo thriller "Angel Heart" (1987), which gained attention for her participation in a graphic sex scene with star Mickey Rourke. The gambit failed to develop a film career for Bonet, and by 1987, she was back on television and working for Cosby, who had developed the clean-cut sitcom "A Different World" (NBC, 1987-1993). But a romance with rocker Lenny Kravitz resulted in a child, which forced her to depart the series after its debut season. Her subsequent marriage to Kravitz failed in 1993, and she spent much of the next decade in direct-to-video releases and TV guest spots, trying to get a foothold in the industry yet again. Bonet's career began to reignite at the turn of the new millennium with supporting roles in major features like "Enemy of the State" (1998), "High Fidelity" (2000) and "Biker Boyz" (2003). But it was in 2008, when she made a welcome return to television as the love interest to Jason O'Mara's time-traveling cop in the American version of "Life on Mars" (ABC, 2008) that those who had loved her as a Cosby kid could once again see why her ethereal beauty and quiet strength had struck a chord in viewers over 20 years before.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Biker Boyz (2003) Queenie
2.
 High Fidelity (2000) Marie De Salle
3.
 Enemy of the State (1998) Rachel Banks
4.
 New Eden (1995) Lily
5.
 Dead Connection (1994) Catherine Briggs
6.
 Bank Robber (1993) Priscilla
7.
 Angel Heart (1987) Epiphany Proudfoot
9.
 Why Bother Voting? (1992) Host
10.
 Rock the Vote (1992)
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Began acting when she was 11 years old
1984:
Breakthrough role as Denise Huxtable on popular NBC sitcom, "The Cosby Show"; left briefly to star in the spin-off series
1987:
Feature film debut in the controversial film "Angel Heart" playing Epiphany Proudfoot opposite Mickey Rourke
1987:
Reprised role of Denise Huxtable in the the spin-off series "A Different World" (NBC); left after one season and returned to "The Cosby Show" (NBC); series continued without her until 1993
1988:
Appeared nude on the cover of <i>Rolling Stone</i> magazine
1991:
Directed the music video "Whatever It Takes" for Gardner Cole
1995:
Featured in the sci-fi channel TV-movie "New Eden"
1998:
Played a supporting role in the feature "Enemy of the State"
2000:
Cast as a singer and former girlfriend of John Cusack's character in "High Fidelity"
2003:
Portrayed Queenie in the action feature "Biker Boyz"
2006:
Co-starred in the ensemble film "Whitepaddy"
2008:
Joined the cast of ABC's "Life on Mars" playing Jason O'Mara's present-day girlfriend
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Education

Reseda High School: Reseda , California -
Celluloid Actor's Studio: North Hollywood , California -

Notes

"Lisa had her own style, both a sweetness and a rebellious streak." --"Cosby Show" director Jay Sandrich quoted in Us Weekly, April 17, 2000.

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husband:
Lenny Kravitz. Musician. Met in 1986; married in November 1987; separated in March 1991; Bonet filed for divorce on April 13, 1993; son of actress Roxie Roker and news producer Sy Kravitz.
companion:
Brian Kest. Yoga instructor. Together since November 1992.

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father:
Allen Boney. Opera singer. Part-black, part-Cheroke; separated from Bonet's mother in December 1968; divorced; remarried.
mother:
Arlene Boney. Schoolteacher. Caucasian; Jewish; separated from Bonet's father in December 1968; divorced; died of ovarian cancer in 1999 at age 59.
daughter:
Zoe Isabella Kravitz. Born on December 1, 1988; father, Lenny Kravitz.

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