Today’s viewers are better familiar with her husband Jason Momoa, but in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Lisa Bonet had a stranglehold on the nation.
In her forty years in the industry, the actress has experienced everything Hollywood has to offer, from her days on The Cosby Show to her current semi-retirement.
In November 1967, Lisa had her public debut and was already well-known in the entertainment industry in San Francisco, California. Her childhood would be a little crowded being just one of eight children, all of whom are half brothers and sisters from both parents.
She would have grown up around music, but soon after high school she made the decision to pursue acting.
Don’t Trust Cosby
Soon after entering her teen years, she started modelling, landing cameo roles in a variety of sitcoms and dramas on television until landing a huge role (and bigger tragedy) on The Cosby Show in 1984.
Her role as Denise, the teenage daughter of the Huxtable family, would last for the duration of the programme as well as the 1987 spinoff A Different World. She stayed there until she became pregnant in 1988 before returning to The Cosby Show, where she would remain until the program’s termination in 1991.
At that time, she would also meet Lenny Kravitz, a young, budding musician who would become her first husband.
With Lisa’s assistance, Kravitz was able to produce his debut album, making contact with the sound designer for The Cosby Show and securing a release date for the record just as the 1990s were about to take off.
During this time, Lisa would also make her big-screen acting debut, playing the lead in Angel Heart opposite Robert DeNiro and a less plastic Mickey Roark.
As a result of the positive reviews for the movie and her performance, she was able to land other roles when The Cosby Show ended, including ones in Thrillers like Bank Robber and Dead Connection, which were even worse than Angel Heart.
Motherhood and Divorce
After the birth of her and Kravitz’s baby in 1988, her career would occasionally take a vacation. Later, Zoe Kravitz would go on to become a well-known actress in her own right, playing Selena Kyle in films ranging from X-Men: First Class to the most recent iteration of the Dark Knight, The Batman.
Sadly, Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz would eventually get divorced in 1993 after their separation. Lisa would officially alter her name to Lilakoi Moon about the same time.
As she raised her kid, the roles would become fewer, but supporting roles in Enemy of the State and High Fidelity would keep her moving through the new millennium one step at a time.
She continued into the new decade with smaller parts in the films Lathe of Heaven and Biker Boyz before her life underwent another significant change in 2005 when she discovered a new love interest.
Other Fish (or Aquamen) in the Sea
Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet would eventually cross paths in 2005, with Momoa still a young, budding actor and Bonet having been around for twenty years.
Before getting married in 2017, the two developed a romance, dated, and welcomed two children into the world.
Unfortunately, the couple would announce their split in 2022, but they apparently still work on their marriage and make every effort to keep things together.
Where is Lisa Bonet Now?
Bonet would continue performing through 2008, largely in independent films like Whitepaddy and popular drama Life on Mars, before taking a break from acting. She wouldn’t make a comeback until 2014 in the movie Road to Paloma, which was written, directed, and starred her then-boyfriend Jason Momoa.
Despite having a considerably smaller distribution and little box office appeal, the movie would fare reasonably well with reviewers.
She didn’t make a sustained comeback to acting, but she did take on roles for a period in the middle of the 2010s before appearing to take another lengthy break.
She returned to the attention of viewers for recurring roles throughout the first two seasons of dramas like The Red Road on AMC, Ray Donovan on Showtime, and even Girls. She then made what appears to be her final appearance to this day in a short film meant to promote a Chanel perfume in 2017.
Where is Lisa Bonet Now?
Since that time, Lisa has remained largely silent, finally coming forward in recent years to share her experiences working with Bill Cosby throughout her childhood. Spoiler alert: there weren’t many complimentary remarks about Cosby.
Otherwise, Lisa makes an effort to avoid the spotlight. She has chosen to keep following her children into maturity even while the youngest is starting high school.
Unlike most Hollywood couples these days, Bonet and Momoa are apparently working on their marriage and hoping to keep up their romance.
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