Jenifer Lewis

Actor, Singer
This flamboyant, gutsy singer and cabaret performer parlayed an autobiographical cabaret act called "The Diva Is Dismissed" into a buoyant career as a supporting player of in TV and film. Soon after she arrived in NYC ... Read more »
Born: 01/25/1957 in Kinloch, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (94)

A Different World 1990 - 1995, 1997 - 2001, 2015 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Actor

Black-ish 2014 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cosby 1990 - 2001, 2015 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Actor

For Your Love 1990 - 1995, 1997 - 2001, 2015 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grown Ups 1990 - 1995, 1997 - 2001, 2015 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hangin' With Mr. Cooper 1992 - 1995, 1997 - 2001, 2015 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Actor

In Living Color 1990 - 2001, 2015 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living Single 1990 - 1995, 1997 - 2001, 2015 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1990 - 2001, 2015 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Actor

Moesha 1992 - 1994, 1997 - 2001, 2015 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murphy Brown 1990 - 1995, 1997 - 2001, 2015 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York Undercover 1990 - 2001, 2015 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Actor

Roc 1992 - 1994, 1997 - 2001, 2015 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1990 - 2001, 2015 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Jamie Foxx Show 1992 - 1994, 1997 - 2001, 2015 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Actor

The PJs 1998 - 2001, 2015 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Parent 'Hood 1990 - 1995, 1997 - 2001, 2015 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1990 - 2001, 2015 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Magic City 2016 (Movie)

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Instant Mom 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Playin' For Love 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Exes 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wedding Ringer 2015 (Movie)

Doris Jenkins (Actor)

Redrum 2014 (Movie)

Therapist (Actor)

The Boondocks 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

Think Like a Man Too 2014 (Movie)

Loretta (Actor)

Baggage Claim 2013 (Movie)

Catherine (Actor)

Think Like A Man 2012 (Movie)

Loretta (Actor)

Zambezia 2012 (Movie)

Gogo (Voice)

Cars 2 2011 (Movie)

Flo (Voice)

The Playboy Club 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hereafter 2010 (Movie)

Candace (Actor)

Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Not Easily Broken 2009 (Movie)

Mary 'Mama' Clark (Actor)

The Princess and the Frog 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Mama Odie (Actor)

Day Break 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns 2008 (Movie)

Vera (Actor)

Dirty Laundry 2007 (Movie)

Aunt Lettuce (Actor)

Shark 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Black Filmmaker Showcase 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cars 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Flo (Actor)

Earth to America! 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Madea's Family Reunion 2006 (Movie)

Milay Jenay Lori (Actor)

Girlfriends 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Strong Medicine 2000 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Shark Tale 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Motown Turtle (Actor)

That's So Raven 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Cookout 2004 (Movie)

Lady Em (Actor)

Nora's Hair Salon 2003 (Movie)

Nora (Actor)

Family Affair 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Juwanna Mann 2002 (Movie)

Aunt Ruby (Actor)

Dancing in September 2001 (Movie)

Judge Warner (Actor)

The Brothers 2001 (Movie)

Louise Smith (Actor)

Cast Away 2000 (Movie)

Becca Twig (Actor)

Partners 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Time of Your Life 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Blast From the Past 1999 (Movie)

Dr Aron (Actor)

Get Bruce 1999 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Mystery Men 1999 (Movie)

Lucille (Actor)

An Unexpected Life 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Rituals 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mighty 1998 (Movie)

Mrs Addison (Actor)

The 12th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Performer

Courthouse 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Girl 6 1996 (Movie)

Boss No 1--Lil (Actor)

The Preacher's Wife 1996 (Movie)

Marguerite Coleman (Actor)

Dead Presidents 1995 (Movie)

Mrs Curtis (Actor)

Panther 1995 (Movie)

Rita (Actor)

The Last Days of Russell 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Corrina, Corrina 1994 (Movie)

Jevina (Actor)

Friends 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Renaissance Man 1994 (Movie)

Mrs Coleman (Actor)

The 26th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Performer

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit 1993 (Movie)

1st Backup Singer (Actor)

The Meteor Man 1993 (Movie)

Mrs Williams (Actor)

Undercover Blues 1993 (Movie)

Cab Driver (Actor)

What's Love Got to Do With It 1993 (Movie)

Zelma Bullock (Actor)

Frozen Assets 1992 (Movie)

Jomisha (Actor)

Sister Act 1992 (Movie)

Michelle (Actor)

Sunday in Paris 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Beaches 1988 (Movie)

Diva (Actor)

The 13th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

Bette Midler: Art or Bust! 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Deconstructing Sarah (TV Show)

Actor

Dream On (TV Show)

Actor

Jackie's Back! (TV Show)

Actor

Little Richard (TV Show)

Actor

Moon Over Miami (TV Show)

Actor

Shake, Rattle and Rock (TV Show)

Actor

The Ponder Heart (TV Show)

Actor

The Temptations (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

The Princess and the Frog 2009 (Movie)

("Dig A Little Deeper") (Song Performer)

Biography

This flamboyant, gutsy singer and cabaret performer parlayed an autobiographical cabaret act called "The Diva Is Dismissed" into a buoyant career as a supporting player of in TV and film. Soon after she arrived in NYC, Jenifer Lewis began on Broadway in a small role in "Eubie" (1979), the musical based on the work of Eubie Blake. She next landed the role of Effie White in the workshop of the Michael Bennett-directed musical "Dreamgirls," but when the show moved to Broadway, Bennett chose Jennifer Holliday for the role. Undaunted, Lewis accepted a position as a Harlette, a back-up singer for Bette Midler which led to Lewis' first TV appearances on Midler's HBO specials. She also landed her first screen role as a result, appearing as one of the buxom chorines in the "Otto Titsling" production number in the Midler vehicle "Beaches" (1988). Simultaneously, Lewis was developing her nightclub act, an autobiographical comedy and music show in NYC cabarets. Word of mouth was quite good and she performed the show Off-Broadway at the Public Theatre.

Milestones

2012

Cast in the ensemble comedy "Think Like a Man"

2011

Reprised voice role in animated sequel "Cars 2"

2009

Voiced Mama Odie, a 197-year-old voodoo priestess in Disney's animated feature "The Princess and the Frog"

2008

Co-starred in "Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns"

2006

Voiced character of Flo in Pixar animated feature "Cars"

2004

Appeared in the comedy "The Cookout," co-written by Queen Latifah

2002

Headlined and co-wrote the nightclub act "Now What?"

2000

Cast as a series regular on Lifetime's "Strong Medicine," playing receptionist Lana Hawkins

1999

Starred in the Lifetime movie "Jackie's Back"

1996

Cast as Whitney Houston's mother in Penny Marshall's "The Preacher's Wife"

1995

Played lesbian judge on the short-lived CBS drama "Courthouse"

1994

First screen collaboration with director Penny Marshall, "Renaissance Man"

1994

TV-movie debut, "Deconstructing Sarah" (USA Network)

1993

Auditioned for the lead role of Tina Turner in "What's Love Got to Do With It?"; cast instead as Tina's mother Zelma Bullock

1992

Cast as Dean Davenport on the NBC sitcom "A Different World"

1992

Played Whoopi Goldberg's back-up singer in "Sister Act"

1991

Played recurring role as Aunt Helen on the NBC sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air"

1988

Film debut, "Beaches" starring Midler

1984

Appeared in the music documentary "Bette Midler: Art or Bust"

1979

Made Broadway debut in "Eubie"

Became a Harlette, a back-up singer to Bette Midler

Began performing her evolving cabaret act "The Diva Is Dismissed"

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