Her first acting ventures included acting as Carla on the American black comedy medical drama TV show “St. Elsewhere” in seven episodes of the show’s second season, titled “Entrapment” which aired on the 7th of December the 7th of December 1983.
Her breakthrough was in 1984 when she was cast in the character as Denise Huxtable, the free-spirited and rebellious daughter to Huxtable’s parents, Dr. Cliff and Clair Huxtable in the American sitcom on television “The Cosby Show’ starring Bill Cosby.
The Cosby Show’ that premiered on NBC on September 20, 1984, and ran for 8 seasons up to the 30th of April, 1992. was a smash, having been rated the #1 program on TV for five consecutive seasons.
Bonet was a huge hit as Denise in the show ‘The Cosby Show’ featuring on-and-off in the show starting with the very first episode entitled “Theo’s Economic Lesson until the twenty-fourth episode in its seventh season, titled “Cliff and Jake’ that featured on April 11, 1991 which was an total of the 98 episodes.
Her stunning performance in ‘The Cosby Show’ earned her the ‘Emmy Award’ as well as a the Young Artist Award.
In 1985, she appeared as Carrie in the two American anthology TV shows – in the role of Justine on the show “The Satanic Piano in the show “Tales from the Darkside’ also as Carrie in the ABC series “ABC Afterschool Special”.
She made it big-screen with her character Denise Huxtable, and forayed into large-screen films, starring as Epiphany Proudfoot, in Alan Parker directed American neo-noir psychological horror film “Angel Heart which starred Mickey Rourke and Robert De Niro. The film premiered on the 6th of March, 1987.
“Angel Heart” featured her stepping out of her goody-goody picture of Denise and appearing in sexually the most explicit scene with Rourke. The film won her the an award called the Young Artist Award. the best Young Female Superstar in Motion Pictures at the 9th Youth in Film Awards and a ‘Saturn Award’ nod for the Best Supporting Actress.
Then she went on to model naked for a variety of magazines, including a topless centrepiece in the magazine “Interview”.
The relationship between her and Bill Cosby, her boss and co-star on “The Cosby Show’, remained challenging, particularly in relation to her role in the movie ‘Angel Heart’, which has been reported to have led to her removal from the show.
Her amazing role in the role of Denise Huxtable and popularity of Denise Huxtable’s character led to her reprise the character in the sitcom ‘A Different World A Different World’, a spin-off from the show ‘The Cosby Show’ that premiered on NBC on September 24, 1987, and also for the TV special “The Earth Day Special” which aired on April 22 the 22nd of April, 1990 on ABC.
After the premiere of “A Different World,” Bonet was dismissed from the show, but she did appear on “The Cosby Show” when she was pregnant. She returned to the show in the seventh season following an absence due to pregnancy but was ultimately fired because the show’s “creative differences”.
She hosted the election special show “Why bother to vote?” in September of 1992.
The 1993 film ‘Bank Robber’ written and directed by Nick Mead saw her in the lead role of Priscilla.
She played Catherine Briggs in the Nigel Dicks directed 1994 crime thriller “Final Combination”. In the same year, she was also featured in the Television film called “New Eden,” in which she played Lily, the character. Lily.
Then she went on to play the part in the role of Rachel Banks in the Will Smith and Gene Hackman starrer American conspiracy-thriller film ‘Enemy Of The State’. The film, which debuted on the 20th of November 1998 was an instant hit at the box-office.
Her versatility was uncovered in a different way when she portrayed Marie De Salle in the American romantic comedy film ‘High Fidelity’, which was released with commercial great success on March 31st in 2000. It won her an Theatrical Award for Best Supporting Actress at the ‘2001 Black Reel Awards’.
The Philip Haas directed TV movie “Lathe of Heaven,” which was made for the A&E network and released on the 29th of October 2002. She was playing the character in the role of Heather Lelache starring opposite James Caan and Lukas Haas. The film received an award in 2003. Saturn Award nomination in the category of Best Single Programming presentation.
In the following film, she starred in the role of Queenie for the film ‘Biker Boyz’ on January 31st, 2003 release of the film ‘Biker Boys’. It but did not make it to the top at the box office and got generally negative critiques from critics. Other big-screen roles include her role as Mae Evans in the 2005 film ‘Whitepaddy’ as well in the role of Magdalena in the highly commercially popular 2014 drama-thriller ‘Road To Paloma’.
The actress was juggling between TV and the big screen, Bonet played the role of Maya Daniels in the US adaptation of the British science crime thriller TV series “Life on Mars”. The original show aired on September 9, 2008 until April 1st in 2009 on ABC which spanned 17 episodes saw her playing 5 episodes.
She also appeared in other television shows, including in a few episodes of “Drunk History” (2013-14) as well as in seven episodes of “The Red Road” (2014-15) as well as in some episodes of “Girls'” (2016) as well as other shows.
Personal Life & Legacy
She got married to American musician, singer actor, producer and singer Lenny Kravitz, to Las Vegas on her 20th birthday in 1987. The sole daughter of Kravitz and her husband, Zoe Isabella, who became model, singer, and actress was born on the 1st of December in 1988. Bonet split with Kravitz in 1993.
She legally changed her name to Lisa Bonet to Lilakoi Moon in 1995, but she uses the name Lisa Bonet professionally.
She got married to the actor Jason Momoa on November 15 2007, and was involved with the actor from 2005. They are blessed with twins. one daughter Lola Iolani Momoa, born on the 23rd of July 2007 and an infant son, Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa who was born on the 15th of December 2008.