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Lisa Bonet (1967- ) is an American actress best known for playing Cosby Kid Denise Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” and “A Different World” in the 1980s. On the day she turned 20 she ran off with a rock musician, Lenny Kravitz, to get married. It did not last but they had a daughter, Zoe Kravitz, in 1988.

Since then she has had some small parts in mostly small films, but she did star with Will Smith in “Enemy of the State” (1998 ) and appeared in “High Fidelity” (2000).

I loved her as Denise Huxtable. I was into her. She was not just beautiful and great to look at, she was also like me back then: confused, well-meaning but hopelessly self-centred, the same ISFP personality. In “Enemy of the State” I could not take my eyes off of her.

She had a fashion sense of her own, so even her clothes were interesting to look at. It makes her seem less dated than the other Cosby characters.

Like Lenny Kravitz she is half-black, half-Jewish: her father, a music teacher, is black and her mother is Jewish. They split up when she was little. She was born in San Francisco but grew up mainly in New York and Los Angeles.

She felt like the black sheep of the family: after her father left, she was a black child in a white family. Her grandmother was racist.

Although her parents were atheists, her two best friends growing up were God and her dog. She is Jewish by race but not by religion.

At 11 she started appearing in television ads. In 1984 when she was 16 she was on “The Cosby Show”, which became the number one television show in America.

In 1987 she wanted to get rid of her good girl image, so she appeared in “Angel Heart” in love scenes with Mickey Rourke, some of which had to be cut to keep the film from becoming X-rated. She lost her good girl image but she also lost her part on “Cosby”.

Bill Cosby, however, put her in another show, “A Different World”. Same character but this time away from home at college. After awhile she started coming in late to the studio or not at all. In 1991 she was fired. This was at about the same time she was breaking up with Lenny Kravitz.

When she met Lenny Kravitz she was famous, he was not. He only became famous later. His first two albums, “Let Love Rule” (1989) and “Mama Said” (1991), are partly about her. His star was rising just as hers was falling.

They split up in 1991 and divorced in 1993. It was a rough marriage. She said he was not faithful. That is the trouble with rock stars.

She got sick of Hollywood and cut back on her acting to spend more time with her children. She has at least two: Zoe and Lola, born in 2007 with actor Jason Momoa

For palindrome fans: “Lisa Bonet ate no basil.”

She says, “It’s okay to be a freak”. (Not a palindrome.)

She practises yoga and does not eat meat.

– Abagond, 2008, 2015.

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Sabrina LeBeauf (1958- ), commonly misspelled as “Le Beauf”, “LaBeauf” or even “LeBeuf”, is an American actress. She is best known as a Cosby Kid, playing Sondra Huxtable, the oldest daughter on “The Cosby Show” from the 1980s.

She played Sondra Huxtable from 1984 to 1992. Her character was added later. Bill Cosby wanted to show children at all stages, but there was no character who was married with children. Sondra was loosely based on his own daughter Erika.

In 1987 Sondra married Elvin Tibideaux, who always seemed a bit lost. They had twins in 1988, Winnie and Nelson, named after the Mandelas.

LeBeauf was only ten years younger than Phylicia Rashad, who played her mother. Rashad was playing a slightly older character while LeBeauf played one six years younger than herself.

Bill Cosby offered the part of Sondra to Whitney Houston, but she was too busy becoming a singer. So LeBeauf got it instead.

It was the first big part she got after coming out of Yale School of Drama. She has not been able to match it since.

Being a has-been, maybe you think LeBeauf has become a bitter, washed-up drunk who is stuck on herself, living in the past. Nothing like that. She seems to be very down to earth and accepts what life gives her with good grace.

When she walks down the street these days some people know who she is, but some think she is someone they grew up with! Which is true in a way. It was not till long after “Cosby” that LeBeauf saw how deeply the show had affected people.

After “The Cosby Show” she went back to school to learn interior design. She now lives in New York and runs an interior design business.

She still does stage acting, especially Shakespeare. She once played Rosaline in go-go boots in “Love’s Labour Lost”. She also played sweet Cordelia in “King Lear”. As it turns out, it is closer to what she learned at Yale than “The Cosby Show”.

She was once on “Star Trek”. She played Ensign Giusti on the two-part episode “Gambit” on “Star Trek: The Next Generation”. It first appeared on television in October 1993.

She also played the voice of Norma Bindlebeep in the animated show “Fatherhood” (2004).

She knows Angela Bassett and Charles S. Dutton from her days at Yale.

She grew up in Los Angeles but was born in New Orleans. She is Creole like Lisa Bonet and Beyonce, meaning part of her family has been in Louisiana since the days of the French. Her father is black and her mother is white (according to mixiechick.com).

She lived in India for a month. She credits that with making her a stronger woman and a stronger person. But even before she went to India she said she could see the guru in a blade of grass or the sunrise.

She loves Indian food and does not eat meat. She supports animal rights. And Barack Obama.

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