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Jenifer Lewis

Jenifer Lewis is best known for her sassy portrayal of Lana Hawkins on Lifetime Television's six-year hit series Strong Medicine. She has performed on Broadway in Eubie, Comin' Uptown, Rock and Roll, the First 5000 Years and Hairspray. Lewis starred on stage as Dolly Levi in the 5th Avenue Theatre's hugely successful production of Hello, Dolly!, and also starred with Meryl Streep in New York's Shakespeare in the Park's production of Mother Courage and Her Children. She received two NAACP Image Award Nominations for What's Love Got to Do with It and The Preacher's Wife, with Denzel Washington.

Lewis has appeared in more than 60 films, including Antwone Fisher, Corrina, Corrina, Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns and Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, Renaissance Man, Sister Act, Sister Act 2, Dead Presidents, Blast from the Past, The Brothers, Mystery Men, Beaches, Not Easily Broken, Poetic Justice, Girl 6, Jackie's Back!, and Cast Away.

Her numerous television credits include starring roles in The Temptations, Friends, Murphy Brown, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, That's So Raven, Shark, The Little Richard Story, Girlfriends and Boston Legal. Lewis' distinctive voice is heard in animated films, including Shark Tale, The Proud Family, The PJs and Cars. Lewis resides in Los Angeles with her adopted daughter Charmaine and is a relentless supporter of finding cures for breast cancer and HIV/AIDS.


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Jenifer Lewis Facts

Birth Name Jenifer Jeanette Lewis
OccupationActress
BirthdayJanuary 25, 1957 (60)
SignAquarius
BirthplaceKinloch, Missouri, USA

Selected Filmography

Cars
Cast Away
The Princess and the Frog
Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion
Think Like A Man
Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns
Think Like A Man Too
Corrina, Corrina
Mystery Men
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