• Lisa Bonet is an actress best known for her roles in The Cosby Show and Whitepaddy
• She was born in San Francisco, California and studied acting at the Celluloid Actor’s Studio
• She became a rising star with The Cosby Show and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her work
• She subsequently starred in numerous films and TV series, such as Enemy of the State, High Fidelity, The Red Road, and Ray Donovan
• Lisa is married to actor Jason Momoa and has two children with him, as well as a daughter with Lenny Kravitz

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$ 16 Million
Date Of BirthNovember 16, 1967
SpouseJason Momoa, Lenny Kravitz
FactIs a vegetarian.

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.

Career Beginnings

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.

Name Change

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.

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.

General Info

Full NameLisa Bonet
Net Worth$ 16 Million
Date Of BirthNovember 16, 1967
Height1.57 m
ProfessionFilm director, Actor
EducationReseda High School


SpouseJason Momoa, Lenny Kravitz
ChildrenZoë Kravitz, Lola Iolani Momoa, Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa
ParentsArlene Litman, Allen Bonet


NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series, TV Land Favorite Singing Siblings Award
MoviesAngel Heart, Bank Robber, Dead Connection, New Eden, Enemy of the State, High Fidelity, Lathe of Heaven, Biker Boyz, Road to Paloma, Sound of Sunshine - Sound of Rain
TV ShowsLife on Mars, A Different World, The Cosby Show, Ray Donovan

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1We use a Native American tradition of the talking stick. You sit and pass it around and whoever has the stick has to talk. Some people just hold it. Others really share.
2I'm writing a film. With our access to these powerful media, we're going to take over, because it's really disgusting what is put out there now to be consumed.
3Success made me self-sufficient, but it also took away my anonymity. I'm just this quiet nobody, and all of a sudden people are nervous around me. That was kind of weird.
4The Cosby years were a major part of my life, but it is the past; I don't really concentrate on it.
5My mother, brave woman, lost her whole family when she decided to marry a black man in the '60s. When the marriage fell apart, she had to come back to her family.
6When I was 16 I was fortunate enough to get Cosby and move to New York and shift my whole life. that had been my dream all along, and it came true.
7An instructor once told me that when there's resistance in your body, it's only because of the resistance in your mind. It's about getting inside the pose. Being the breath.
8It's from our sufferings that we form our consciousness.
9I 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.
10I felt devalued and disrespected. The energy behind it felt disingenuous and motivated by corporate profit.
11I'm part of an important movement that needs to happen.
12I'm a shy person. I don't know if it's in my DNA to share with the world.
13I was obsessed with the Olympics. It's so exciting to see that level of excellence and endurance.
14I took solace in my relationship with God who, along with my dog, was my best friend growing up.
15I spent a lot of time feeling alienated and rejected.
16Having a mate has given me that feeling of safety.
17That industry expects you to prove yourself over and over again. Do I stay doing this, or do I raise my daughter and live surrounded by people who love me? Wasn't even really a choice.
18Once a week we go to juvenile hall and talk to boys there. Just go and spend a day in the juvenile courts.
19I work with youth offenders in LA, I've heard them speak and see how music manipulates them.
20Prisons are like the concentration camps of our time. So many go in and never come out, and primarily they're black and Latino.
21Having Zoe saved my life. It was my wake-up call. There were so many things I didn't want to pass on to her.
22I was literally the black sheep of the family, and there were definitely moments of discomfort while my grandmother was working through her racism.
23Both of my parents would say they were atheists, so where I inherited my connection to God I don't know. But it's natural. No Bible, no Torah, just the love religion.
24My desire to participate in the business is not to make more crap.
25A group of us started a community center in Santa Monica. We've tried different programs, and three have worked really well. A poetry group. Once a week we visit Venice High and talk to girls at risk.
26My life is art. Its how I express God.
27Everyone has their story. Everyone has issues. You have to face your fears.
28We're getting ready to take over the world. My group of girlfriends - we're renegades.
29What saddens me is the corruption of youth and beauty, and the loss of soul, which is only replaced by money.
30Let those who know know, and let me keep what little privacy I can.
31It's okay to be a freak.


1Her father was African-American. Her mother's family is Ashkenazi Jewish (from Poland and Russia).
2While portraying roommates on A Different World (1987) , she and co-star Marisa Tomei lived together in real life.
3Gave birth to her third child at age 41, a son Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa on December 15, 2008. Child's father is her boyfriend [now second husband], Jason Momoa.
4Gave birth to her second child at age 39, a daughter Lola Iolani Momoa on July 23, 2007. Child's father is her boyfriend [now second husband], Jason Momoa.
5Gave birth to her first child at age 21, a daughter Zoë Kravitz (aka Zoë Isabella Kravitz) on December 1, 1988. Child's father is her first husband, Lenny Kravitz.
6Was mentioned in the 2003 song, "Bob", by 'Weird Al' Yankovic -- which uses palindromic lyrics to parody the 1965 song "Subterranean Homesick Blues" by Bob Dylan: "Lisa Bonet ate no basil".
7Former A Different World (1987) co-star Marisa Tomei is godmother of her daughter Zoë Kravitz.
8The Lenny Kravitz song "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over" was written about her.
9Has had a hip hop album tribute to her by the duo, Felt, (Slug of Atmosphere and Murs of Living Legends) entitled "Felt 2: A tribute to Lisa Bonet." The first was entitled "Felt: A Tribute to Christina Ricci".
10Had her name legally changed to Lilakoi Moon in 1995.
11Is a vegetarian.




Ray Donovan2016TV SeriesMarisol Campos
Girls2016TV SeriesTandice Moncrief
Michael Raymond-James for BulliesKeepOut.com2015Video short
The Red Road2014-2015TV SeriesSky Van Der Veen
New Girl2014TV SeriesBrenda Brown
Drunk History2013-2014TV SeriesRosa Parks Mary Ellen Pleasant
Road to Paloma2014Magdalena
Life on Mars2008-2009TV SeriesDetective Maya Daniels
Whitepaddy2006Mae Evans
Biker Boyz2003Queenie
Lathe of Heaven2002TV MovieHeather Lelache
High Fidelity2000Marie De Salle
Enemy of the State1998Rachel F. Banks
New Eden1994TV MovieLily
Dead Connection1994Catherine Briggs
Bank Robber1993Priscilla
The Cosby Show1984-1991TV SeriesDenise Huxtable Denise Huxtable Kendall
A Different World1987-1989TV SeriesDenise Huxtable
Angel Heart1987Epiphany Proudfoot
ABC Afterschool Specials1985TV SeriesCarrie
Tales from the Darkside1985TV SeriesJustine
Sound of Sunshine - Sound of Rain1983ShortThe Sister (as Lisa Boney)
St. Elsewhere1983TV SeriesCarla


Waking Compton2006Documentary short
Gentleman Who Fell1993Short


The Cosby Show1986TV Series performer - 1 episode


Whatever Happened To?2008TV SeriesHerself
KTLA Morning News2006TV SeriesHerself
I Was a Network Star2006TV Movie documentary
Behind the Music1999TV Series documentaryHerself
Rock the Vote1993TV MovieHerself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1990TV SeriesHerself
The Earth Day Special1990TV SpecialDenise Huxtable
The Cosby Outtakes Show1990TV MovieHerself
Late Night with David Letterman1986-1989TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Arsenio Hall Show1989TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards1988TV Special documentaryHerself - Accepting Award for Favourite New Television Comedy
Walt Disney World Celebrity Circus1987TV SpecialHerself - Performer
Funny, You Don't Look 200: A Constitutional Vaudeville1987TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
The 11th Annual People's Choice Awards1985TV SpecialHerself - Accepting Award for Favourite New Television Comedy Program
Andy Williams and the NBC Kids Search for Santa1985TV SpecialHerself
The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1985TV SpecialHerself
Body Language1985TV SeriesHerself
Battle of the Network Stars XVIII1985TV SpecialHerself - NBC Team
Motown Returns to the Apollo1985TV SpecialHerself
Night of 100 Stars II1985TV MovieHerself
The 42nd Annual Golden Globe Awards1985TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
Fast Copy1985TV MovieHerself

Archive Footage

Unsung Hollywood2015-2016TV Series documentaryHerself
Pioneers of Television2014TV Mini-Series documentaryDenise Huxtable - Cosby Show
The Cosby Show: 25th Anniversary Special2009TV Movie documentaryDenise Huxtable Kendall
100 Greatest Teen Stars2007TV Mini-SeriesHerself
La tele de tu vida2007TV SeriesDenise Huxtable
The Making of 'Enemy of the State'2006Video documentary shortHerself
Century of Black Cinema2003Video documentaryHerself
The Cosby Show: A Look Back2002TV Movie documentaryHerself / Denise Huxtable Kendall
E! True Hollywood Story2001TV Series documentaryHerself
The Last Laugh: Memories of the Cosby Show1992TV Special documentaryHerself / Denise Huxtable Kendall
The Cosby Show1987TV SeriesDenise Huxtable


Won Awards

1989Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actor/Actress Ensemble in a Television Comedy, Drama Series or SpecialThe Cosby Show (1984)
1988Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Female Superstar in Motion PicturesAngel Heart (1987)

Nominated Awards

2016Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Guest Performer in a Drama SeriesRay Donovan (2013)
2006TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsFavorite Singing SiblingsThe Cosby Show (1984)
2001Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsTheatrical - Best Supporting ActressHigh Fidelity (2000)
1988Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActressAngel Heart (1987)
1988Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress Starring in a New Television Comedy SeriesA Different World (1987)
1986Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesThe Cosby Show (1984)
1986Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress Starring in a Television SeriesThe Cosby Show (1984)
1985Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Supporting Actress in a Television Comedy SeriesThe Cosby Show (1984)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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