Lisa Bonet’s Life Story: Early Life, Career, Husband and Kids

Actress Lisa Bonet first gained fame as Denise Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” but her career has since progressed. She is also a proud mother-of-three.

At 52 years old, Lisa Bonet is undeniably a sex symbol, a Hollywood star, and a fashion goddess with love for controversial roles.

She is married to one of the hottest men of Hollywood and is a proud mother of three wonderful kids, one of whom is following in her footsteps. Indeed, Bonet is a success, but her story started from her humble days in “The Cosby Show.”

Lisa Bonet at the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. | Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images


Bonet was born to an African-American father, Allen, and a Jewish mother, Arlene, on November 16, 1967, in San Francisco, California. Both of her parents were creatives, so it didn’t take too long for Bonet to harness her talent. 

Unfortunately, her parents divorced when she was young, and only her mother raised her. She went to high school in Van Nuys, California, and afterward majored in acting at the Celluloid Actor’s Studio.

Lisa Bonet arrives at The 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, California. | Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images for Fashion Media


After minor roles and appearances on adverts, Bonet got her big break in 1984 on “The Cosby Show” as Denise Huxtable, the rebellious daughter of Cliff and Clair Huxtable. After three years on the show, Bonet briefly exited the show to feature in “A Different World,” which shows her character venturing to college. 

While Bonet starred in the two sitcoms between 1984 to 1992, her career-defining role came about in 1897 when she made her big-screen debut in the horror movie “Angel Heart” alongside Mickey Rourke. Showing her daring side, Bonet went topless for an interview to promote the film and said she did it for her career.

After her controversial exit from the Cosby franchise shows, Bonet starred in other prominent projects like “Enemy of the State,” “Biker Boyz,” “High Fidelity,” and others.

Lisa Bonet attends the Cocktail at Fendi Couture Fall Winter 2019/2020 on July 04, 2019 in Rome, Italy. | Photo by Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli/ Getty Images for Fendi


At the early stages of her career, Bonet found love in the arms of singer Lenny Kravitz. She got engaged to him when she was just 20, and they eloped. Their daughter Zoe Kravitz was born on December 1, 1988. 

Unfortunately, after six years of marriage, Bonet and Kravitz called it quits. However, they remained cordial with each other. The actress still describes their time together as an accelerated time of spiritual and intellectual growth. 

Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet in NYC 1987 | Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images


However, Bonet found her Mr. Right in “Game of Thrones” actor Jason Momoa, and their love story has inspired many. Although the duo has been together for about 15 years, their unique story began years before in 1987 when Momoa set his eyes on Bonet on the screen.

He saw her on “The Cosby Show” and was immediately drawn to her. He settled that Bonet was the woman of his dreams in his heart, but he didn’t get to meet her in person until 18 years later.

Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa attend the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. | Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Bonet and Momoa met at a night club in 2005 after being introduced by a mutual friend. Both of them rocked dreadlocks at the time and connected instantly. They had drinks and hung out that night. 

Two years after their first meeting, Bonet and Momoa welcomed their first child, a daughter Lola Iolani. In 2008, their son Nakoa-Wolf was born, and they became a happy family of five.

Lola Iolani Momoa, Lisa Bonet, and Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa attend the premiere of’ “Aquaman” at TCL Chinese Theatre on December 12, 2018, in Hollywood, California. | Photo by Presley Ann/FilmMagic


As a proud mother of three kids, Bonet has her hands full, but there is no other job she would love to do. She often credits motherhood as setting her on the right path as Zoe’s birth was a wake-up call.

Zoë Kravitz and Lisa Bonet attend Saint Laurent at the Palladium on February 10, 2016, in Los Angeles, California for the Saint Laurent Los Angeles show. | Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for SAINT LAURENT

One of her proudest moments as a mother is passing on her love for nature to her younger children. Nakoa-Wolf has often joined his father to protest against pollution. Bonet also notes that she tries to create a media-free environment to boost her children’s imagination.

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