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Lilakoi Moon (born Lisa Michelle Bonet, November 16, 1967) is an American actress. Bonet is best known for her role as Denise Huxtable on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show, which originally aired from September 1984 to April 1992, and later originally starring in its spinoff comedy, A Different World, for its first season (1987–88). Bonet was born in San Francisco, California, the daughter of Arlene (née Litman), a music teacher, and Allen Bonet, an opera singer. Her father, from Texas, was African-American, and her mother is Jewish. She has several younger half-siblings. Bonet attended Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, California. She attended the Celluloid Actor's Studio in North Hollywood where she majored in acting.
Lisa Michelle Bonet
(1967-11-16) November 16, 1967 (age 51)
|Other names||Lilakoi Moon|
|Education||Birmingham High School|
|Known for||Denise Huxtable – The Cosby Show, A Different World|
(m. 1987; div. 1993)
|Children||3; including Zoë Kravitz|
Lilakoi Moon (born Lisa Michelle Bonet, November 16, 1967) is an American actress. Bonet is best known for her role as Denise Huxtable on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show, which originally aired from September 1984 to April 1992, and later originally starring in its spinoff comedy, A Different World, for its first season (1987–88).
Bonet was born in San Francisco, California, the daughter of Arlene (née Litman), a music teacher, and Allen Bonet, an opera singer. Her father, from Texas, was African-American, and her mother is Jewish. She has several younger half-siblings. Bonet attended Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, California. She attended the Celluloid Actor's Studio in North Hollywood where she majored in acting.
After being in beauty pageants and appearing in guest spots on television series as a child, Bonet landed the role of Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show alongside Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad. In 1987, she briefly left The Cosby Show to star in the spin-off series A Different World, which focused on Denise's life at college. That year, Bonet, then 19, appeared in the role of 17-year-old Epiphany Proudfoot in the movie Angel Heart opposite Mickey Rourke, directed by Alan Parker.
In the film, several seconds of an explicit scene she shared with Rourke (filmed when she was 18) were edited to ensure an R rating. It was followed by a topless centerspread in Interview magazine. After announcing her pregnancy during the run of A Different World, Bonet left the series. The following year, she returned to The Cosby Show, but was fired in April 1991 because of "creative differences".
After The Cosby Show, Bonet began to accept jobs on straight-to-video releases and made-for-television movies. In September 1992, she hosted Why Bother Voting?, an election special focusing on the concerns and apathy of young voters. In 1998 she had a supporting role in Enemy of the State with Will Smith. In 2000, she appeared in the movie High Fidelity. In 2003, she played the role of Queenie in Biker Boyz, which reunited her with former co-star Kadeem Hardison of A Different World.
Bonet also co-starred in the film Whitepaddy in 2006, alongside Sherilyn Fenn, Hill Harper, Debra Wilson, Karen Black, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Two years later, she appeared in the United States adaptation of the British television series Life on Mars.
It was interesting when we were first finding out about each other, that our backgrounds were so similar. When I first told him my mom was Jewish, and he said 'So's my dad,' I thought that was both unusual and enchanting. I felt like, 'Okay, here's someone who really knows how it is.' And I think I trusted him a little more with my feelings and let him inside a little more than I ordinarily would have.
Bonet gave birth to their daughter Zoë Isabella on December 1, 1988. She and Kravitz separated in 1993. In 1995, Bonet legally changed her name to Lilakoi Moon, although she still uses the name Lisa Bonet professionally.
In 2005, she began a relationship with actor Jason Momoa. Although it was widely believed that Momoa and Bonet married on November 15, 2007, it was not made official until October 2017. In July 2007, Bonet gave birth to her second child, her first daughter with Momoa. The couple had a son in December 2008.
|1987||Angel Heart||Epiphany Proudfoot|
|1994||Final Combination||Catherine Briggs|
|1998||Enemy of the State||Rachel Banks|
|2000||High Fidelity||Marie De Salle|
|2013||Road to Paloma||Magdalena|
|1983||St. Elsewhere||Carla||Episode: "Entrapment"|
|1984–91||The Cosby Show||Denise Huxtable||119 episodes|
|1985||Tales from the Darkside||Justine||Episode: "The Satanic Piano"|
|ABC Afterschool Special||Carrie||1 episode|
|1987–89||A Different World||Denise Huxtable||23 episodes|
|1990||The Earth Day Special||Denise Huxtable|
|1992||Why Bother Voting?||Herself||Elections special with Bonet as host.|
|1994||New Eden||Lily||Television movie|
|2002||Lathe of Heaven||Heather Lelache||Television movie|
|2008–09||Life on Mars||Maya Daniels||5 episodes|
|2013–14||Drunk History||Mary Ellen Pleasant and Rosa Parks||2 episodes|
|2014–15||The Red Road||Sky Van Der Veen||7 episodes|
|2014||New Girl||Brenda Brown||Episode: "Teachers"|
|2016||Girls||Tandice Moncrief||Episodes: "Homeward Bound", "Love Stories"|
|2016||Ray Donovan||Marisol||Recurring - Season 4|
|1990||"It Never Rains (In Southern California)"||Tony! Toni! Toné!|
|1991||"Stand By My Woman"||Lenny Kravitz|
|Year||Award||Result||Category||Film or series|
|1985||Young Artist Award||Nominated||Best Young Supporting Actress in a Television Comedy Series||The Cosby Show|
|1986||Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series||The Cosby Show|
|1988||Best Young Actress Starring in a New Television Comedy Series||The Cosby Show|
|Won||Best Young Female Superstar in Motion Pictures||Angel Heart|
|1989||Nominated||Best Young Actor/Actress Ensemble in a Television Comedy, Drama Series or Special||The Cosby Show (shared with Tempestt Bledsoe, Sabrina Le Beauf, Geoffrey Owens, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Deon Richmond, and Malcolm-Jamal Warner)|
|1988||Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||The Cosby Show|
|1988||Saturn Award||Best Supporting Actress||Angel Heart|
|2001||Black Reel Awards||Theatrical – Best Supporting Actress||High Fidelity|
|2006||TV Land Awards||Favorite Singing Siblings||The Cosby Show (shared with Tempestt Bledsoe, Sabrina Le Beauf, Keshia Knight Pulliam, and Malcolm-Jamal Warner)|
Bonet was born in the heart of the hippie movement, in November 1967 in San Francisco, to a white Jewish schoolteacher mother and a black opera-singing father.