Lisa Bonet is an American on-screen actress, known for playing Denise Huxtable on the long-running NBC sitcom “The Cosby Show,” and its spinoff “A Different World.”


Lisa Bonet was born and raised in San Francisco, California, to an African-American father, Allen Bonet and an Ashkenazi Jewish mother, Arlene Joyce Boney (whose family moved from  Poland, Russia, Moldova, and Belarus).

Lisa was raised Jewish and belongs to mixed ethnicity (African-American, Ashkenazi Jewish). Lisa’s daughter, with her ex, American Rock Star and Actor Lenny Kravitz, is actress and model, Zoe Kravitz. Lisa is currently hitched to actor Jason Momoa, with whom she has two children.

Lisa’s maternal grandmother was Sylvia Ellen Goldvarg (the daughter of Louis Goldvarg and Sarah Silverman). Sylvia was born in Pennsylvania, to Russian Jewish immigrant parents. Louis was from Tiraspol, now Moldova, the child of Moishe Goldvarg and Elke. Sarah was the daughter of Harry M. Silverman and Sophie Grossman.

Lisa’s maternal granddad was Eli Litman (the child of Abraham E. Litman and Fannie/Fanny Lillian Ageloff). Eli was born in Pennsylvania, to a Jewish immigrant father, Abraham E. Litman from Tourchen, Russia, and a Jewish worker mother, Fannie Lillian Ageloff from Vitebsk, Belarus. Fannie was the daughter of Hillel/Eli Ageloff and Chaia/Cha Rochell/Rochel/Ida Rose Liebman/Leibman.