Jenifer Lewis

Jenifer Jeanette Lewis ( born January 25, 1957 in Kinloch, Missouri, USA) is an American actress.


Lewis began her acting career in 1979 on Broadway in a small role of Eubie Blake's stage work Eubie! . Then she played in the musical Dreamgirls directed by Michael Bennett, who she later but by Jennifer Holliday replaced as the play on Broadway should be listed. Lewis then worked as a background singer for Bette Midler and debuted there in front of a film camera than the Bette Midler participated in HBO specials. As a result, she was allowed to end of 1988 in a small role in the film girlfriends ( Beaches ) collect first film experience. At the same time, she developed her first autobiographical comedy The Diva Is Dismissed, which they initially presented in later off-Broadway cabaret.

1988 drew the artist to Los Angeles, California where her career was briefly stalled. Only in 1992 it was in a small supporting role of the film Sister Act - provide a heavenly career again for attention, so that they became more interesting film offers in the subsequent period. In 1994 she played, for example, Mrs. Coleman at Mr. Bill on the side of Danny DeVito. In the Will Smith series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Lewis was repeatedly seen as Aunt Helen. There followed various other roles in films and television series, including the lead role of Lana Hawkins in Strong Medicine: like fire and ice, which she played from 2000 to 2006.

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