Lisa Bonet, talent and mystery!
Lisa Bonet, talent and mystery! November 16
Lisa Bonet*On this date in 1967, Lisa
Bonet (ne: Boney) was born.
She is an African-American
Actress and model.
From San Francisco, Lisa Bonet
was born to a White Jewish
mother and a black father.
Bonet's parents divorced when she was
young, and her formative years were
spent mostly in New York City and L. A.
At age 11, she started auditioning for commercials,
and after several years of ads and walk-on TV parts,
she landed a coveted role in NBC's The Cosby Show.
The show was an immediate hit, and Bonet quickly
asserted herself as one of the mostmemorable kids
in the Huxtable clan, the outspoken teenager Denise.
Bonet shared her character's defiant persona and
left TV in 1987 for a racy part opposite Mickey
Rourke in the gothic thriller Angel Heart.
The role required the 19-year-old Bonet to appear
in several graphic sex scenes, some of which had
to be cut for mainstream American release.
The part did little to further her big-screen career,
and by the end of the year she would return to
episodic TV in the series A Different World.
Also in 1987, Bonet married rocker Lenny
Kravitz, whose impulsive free spirit
and bi-racial upbringing paralleled hers.
The Cosby-produced World was a hit, but
Bonet lost interest often showing up
late to the set or not at all.
Within two years she was gone spending
more time with her newborn daughter Zoe.
Bonet spent the remainder of the 1980s
making infrequent appearances on The
Cosby Show, and she made a conscious
decision not to act in the early 1990s.
In 1993, her marriage to Kravitz fell apart,
and to make ends meet in the mid-'90s,
she accepted roles in made-for-TV
and straight-to-video productions.
Around this time, Bonet legally changed her name
to Liliquois Moon, and claimed she would continue
to use her stage name for her acting career.
She had another child with boyfriend and former
yoga instructor Brian Kest before returning to
the big screen with a memorable supporting
role in 1998's 'Enemy of the State'.
It appeared that her Hollywood career
was once again on-track when director
Stephen Frears cast her as a sultry
one-night-stand in 'High Fidelity' (2000).
Despite her spotty film work, Lisa Bonet remains
one of the more intriguing character actresses
in Hollywood, enjoying a longevity that
few former child stars can claim.
- Thank You, Lynn! Yeah, you know when something's amiss and
especially when you're "different." That's how I feel.
Another thing I've always wondered about... my brother
(adopted after me, but not my biological sibling)- he's always
been "darker" than the rest of us. Olive skin mixed with a
little "tan" (all-year-round tan, though). I know, I've ALWAYS
thought he was not from both White parents. It makes me wonder...?!
I mean- certainly, that doesn't necessarily "mean" anything,
but it's just a thought I've had over the years.
I understand what you're saying about checking out certain
neighborhoods, hang-outs, etc. That is good advice.
The only thing is... where I was born, it's a small city
(where "everyone knows everyone else") and I don't know
how much info. I'd get and how reliable it would be.
I'm gonna' try, though. I'll let everyone know what I find out.
Hopefully something. I do know that, this was once an area of a
high population of American indians... specifically Cherokee
and Lakota (I think- can't really remember the 2nd tribe).
I do know that much. Other than that, I have to do some digging.
Thanks, again, for the advice and have a great day =) Heather