Joie Lee

Actor, Screenwriter, Producer
Actress and screenwriter who projects a prickly and independent intelligence on screen. The sister of Spike Lee, Joie (pronounced zhwa) Lee made her film acting debut in her brother's "She's Gotta Have It" (1986) and ... Read more »
Born: 06/21/1962 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (24)

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus 2015 (Movie)

Nurse Colquitt (Actor)

Full Grown Men 2008 (Movie)

Annie (Actor)

Starting Out in the Evening 2007 (Movie)

Second Author (Actor)

Coffee and Cigarettes 2004 (Movie)

Good Twin (Actor)

She Hate Me 2004 (Movie)

Gloria Reid (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Personals 1999 (Movie)

Poet Woman (Actor)

Summer of Sam 1999 (Movie)

Bed Stuy Woman Interviewed (Actor)

The Best Man 1999 (Movie)

voices (Voice)

Get on the Bus 1996 (Movie)

Jindal (Actor)

Girl 6 1996 (Movie)

Switchboard Operator (Actor)

Losing Isaiah 1995 (Movie)

Marie (Actor)

Nowhere Fast 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Crooklyn 1994 (Movie)

Aunt Maxine (Actor)

Fathers and Sons 1992 (Movie)

Lois (Actor)

A Kiss Before Dying 1991 (Movie)

Cathy (Actor)

Bail Jumper 1990 (Movie)

Athena (Actor)

Mo' Better Blues 1990 (Movie)

Indigo Downes (Actor)

Do the Right Thing 1989 (Movie)

Jade (Actor)

The Cosby Show 1989 (Tv Show)

Actor

School Daze 1988 (Movie)

Lizzie Life (Actor)

She's Gotta Have It 1986 (Movie)

Clorinda Bradford (Actor)
Writer (3)

All the Invisible Children 2005 (Movie)

(segment "Jesus Children of America") (Screenplay)

Crooklyn 1994 (Movie)

(From Story)

Crooklyn 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (1)

Crooklyn 1994 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Other (2)

Who Do You Think You Are? 2010 (Tv Show)

Consultant

Clover (TV Show)

Advisor

Biography

Actress and screenwriter who projects a prickly and independent intelligence on screen. The sister of Spike Lee, Joie (pronounced zhwa) Lee made her film acting debut in her brother's "She's Gotta Have It" (1986) and has appeared in all of his films to date (as his sister in "Do the Right Thing" 1989 and as a romantic lead in "Mo' Better Blues" 1990). She was also featured in the independent thriller "Bail Jumper" (1989), the remake of "A Kiss Before Dying" (1991) as well as Jonathan Demme's music video for the Nevile Brothers, "Sister Rosa". Lee made her stage debut as the lead in the Zora Neale Hurston-Langston Hughes collaboration, "Mule Bone" on Broadway in 1991.

Relationships

Cliff Booker

Companion
college classmate of Spike Lee's met c. 1989

Bill Lee

Father
scored all of Spike Lee's films and appeared in several married Susan Kaplan after Jacquelyn Lee's death has son, Arnold, born c. 1985 arrested for possession of heroin October 24, 1991

Spike Lee Actor

Brother
Born March 20, 1957 Directed sister in "She's Gotta Have It" (1986), "School Daze" (1988), "Do the Right Thing" (1989), and "Mo' Better Blues" (1990)

Cinque Lee Actor

Sibling
started Child Hoods productions with Joie in 1992 Born in Brooklyn c. 1968 videotaped a documentary on the making of "Do the Right Thing," co-wrote "Crooklyn" (1994)

Jacquelyn Lee

Mother
died 1977 taught art and black literature at St. Ann's School in Brooklyn Heights died of cancer 1976

Chris Lee

Brother
born c. 1958 in charge of merchandising movie memorabilia at Spike's Joint, Spike Lee's Brooklyn store

Malcolm D. Lee Actor

Cousin

David Lee

Brother
born c. 1960 served as still photographer on "She's Gotta Have It", "School Daze", "Do the Right Thing" and "Mo' Better Blues"

Arnold Lee

Half-Brother
born c. 1985 mother Susan Kaplan

EDUCATION

Sarah Lawrence College

Bronxville , New York
attended two years

Sarah Lawrence College

Bronxville , New York
attended two years

St Ann's School

Brooklyn , New York

Milestones

2000

Acted in the Off-Broadway drama "The Hologram Theory"; billed as Joie Susannah Lee

1999

Appeared in "Summer of Sam"

1996

Acted in two of Spike's movies "Girl 6" and "Get on the Bus"

1996

Had featured role in "Nowhere Fast", helmed by brother Cinque

1994

Served as an associate producer and co-screenwriter of "Crooklyn", a semi-autobiographical film directed by Spike Lee

1991

Made stage and Broadway debut in "Mule Bone" (as Joy Lee)

1989

Acted in Spike's "Do the Right Thing"

1986

Film debut in brother's "She's Gotta Have It"

1986

Appeared in Jim Jarmusch's short, "Coffee and Cigarettes"

Started doing odd jobs for her brother Spike and cooking for the crew while he was making student films at NYU

"Frenchified" her name "Joy" to "Joie" as a teenager

Bonus Trivia

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Joie Lee's Actors' Equity professional name is 'Joy Lee' and she made her stage debut as such.

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