On November 16, 1967, Lisa Michelle Boney was born in San Francisco, CA to a jewish mother, Arlene, and a black father.
Her parents divorced at a young age. At the age of 11, she began appearing in commercials and she has said that acting and
auditioning was always something fun she and her mother did until her teenage years. In between acting gigs in New York and
Los Angeles, she attended Reseda High School and Celluloid Actors Studio. Her big break into the public eye came at age 16
when she landed the role of Denise Huxtable on the 1980s hit sitcom The Cosby Show.
Lisa played the oldest child in the house until the character of Sondra was introduced in the flesh in the second season.
Unbeknownst to many, Lisa's own independent style shown through in Denise's costumes which were "unconventional." She also
made braces seem cool. For the most part, while being outspoken in spirit (another sign of Lisa's personality coming through
in character), Denise was practically an honor student. She had her choice of colleges but, Denise chose the fictional HBCU
In 1986, while plans for her spin-off show were in the works, Lisa took the role of Epiphany Proudfoot in the film Angel
Heart which also starred Mickey Rourke and Robert De Niro. Controversy erupted when a problem with the MPAA rating became
public. Angel Heart was originally rated X. Soon the reason became clear. Epiphany Proudfoot was a voodoo princess
and she was involved in several graphic sex scenes. In order to achieve an R rating, those scenes hit the cutting room floor.
In the meantime, many could not accept the wide divergence in the characters of Epiphany Proudfoot and Denise Huxtable. This
included her Cosby Show co-stars. Nevertheless, plans for her spin-off show continued even after the 1997 release of Angel
Heart. A Different World, a spin-off of The Cosby Show which takes place at the fictional Hillman College,
began its run at the beginning of the 1987-88 television season.
Prior to this, Lisa met Lenny Kravitz (aka Romeo Blue) at a New Edition concert. Kravitz was also half Jewish and the son
of The Jeffersons star Roxie Roker. Their similar bi-racial backgrounds and independent spirits made for a close
bond. The couple eloped in Las Vegas in 1987. By 1989, Lenny had landed a record deal and recorded his first album, Let
Love Rule. Lisa co-wrote a couple of songs on the album and she was said to be the inspiration for most of the album.
Lisa even directed Lenny's first video for Let Love Rule. But Lisa and Lenny's relationship was full of problems
from the start, including intense scrutiny from the media and Lenny's reported infidelities. Towards the end of the first
season of A Different World Lisa became pregnant.
Coincidentally, Denise's first year in college had not gone
as planned and she began to question whether she actually wanted to continue in college. It seems that although Phylicia Rashad's
pregnancy was being hidden with pillows, out-of-town trips and her disembodied voice coming from the next room, Lisa's pregnancy
could not. This was compounded by behind the scenes problems on the set with Lisa's attendance which was less than perfect.
Lisa and Denise left Hillman at the end of the season. A Different World continued for several seasons without the
character who inspired the show.
Zoe Isabella Kravitz was born in December 1, 1988 amid another controversy. The newborn's pics appeared in one of the supermarket
tabloids. Apparently, Lisa's mother sent the pics in to be developed and the negatives were sold to the highest bidder. Nevertheless,
the joyous occasion could not save the couple's marriage. She filed for divorce on April 13, 1993. It is rumored that Lenny
Kravitz's second album, Mama Said, was inspired by his heartache in losing his "soulmate".
Meanwhile, Lisa continued
to make guest appearances on The Cosby Show. Denise Huxtable became Denise Kendall and a step-mother, introducing
another cute "Cosby Kid" into the fore (Raven Simone). Lisa chose to devote most of her time to raising Zoe, becoming a full-time
mom and part-time actress. She appeared in the low-budget Bank Robber in 1993 with Patrick Dempsey, the straight
to video flick Dead Connection in 1994 with Michael Madsen and the made for TV movie New Eden with Stephen
Baldwin the same year.
During this time in her life, Lisa began living with Brian Kest, a yoga instructor. Although it
is frequently reported that the couple had a child in the mid-1990s, no name has surfaced. Lisa also legally changed her name
to Lilakoi Moon. She stills uses Lisa Bonet professionally.
Lisa and Lenny are still friends and it was while playing music
for Lenny that he first heard what Cree Summer was doing. Cree, a former co-star from A Different World and fellow Pirate,
was working on her first solo album when Lenny called an asked if she needed a producer. Cree did not and Street Faerie
Cree's debut album was eventually born from the collaboration that ensued.
By all reports, friendship and family mean the
most to Lisa. She, Cree and Marisa Tomei are members of a group of about 30 women called Pirates. They get together for poetry
readings support and are bound by the idea that women should truly be sisters and not vindictively try to bring each other
down. She also works with an organization called Venice Heart which works with "delinquent" or "at-risk" juveniles.
In 1998, after much searching (she did not have an agent at the time) Lisa was tapped for the role of Rachel Banks in the
Will Smith/Gene Hackman big budget thriller Enemy of the State. In 2000, she played John Cusack's ex-lover, Marie
DeSalle, in High Fidelity. This year she played Heather Lelache in the A&E sci-fi remake Lathe of Heaven
which co-starred James Caan and Lukas Haas. Lisa is currently filming the role of Queenie in Biker Boyz which is
scheduled for a 2003 release. She continues to live with Kest in the Topanga Canyon area of Los Angeles.