Lisa Bonet

Bonet in 2011, _bukley /

Birth Name: Lisa Michelle Boney

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 16, 1967

*father – African-American, some Louisiana Creole [African, French]
*mother – Ashkenazi Jewish

Lisa Bonet is an American actress. She is known for playing Denise Huxtable on the series The Cosby Show.

Lisa was born in San Francisco, California. Her father, Allen, was from Texas, and had African-American, and some Louisiana Creole, ancestry. Her mother, Arlene, was Ashkenazi Jewish, from a family that emigrated from Russia, Poland, Belarus, and Moldova. Lisa was raised Jewish. Lisa has a daughter, actress and model Zoë Kravitz, with her former husband, singer and actor Lenny Kravitz; and two children with her former husband, actor, model, and producer Jason Momoa.

Lisa is a half-sister of musician and singer Kadhja Bonet.

In 1995, she legally changed her name to Lilakoi Moon.

Lisa’s paternal grandfather was Samuel Murry Boney (the son of Albert Boney and Jennie Coatney).

Lisa’s paternal grandmother was Mary Orphy (the daughter of Victor Orphy/Orphe and Eloise/Elloise Eugene). Mary was born in Texas. Victor was born in Louisiana, the son of Babilas/Babila Orphy/Orphée, who was of Louisiana Creole descent, and of Jenevieve/Genevieve Johnson.

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

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 son of Moishe Goldvarg and Elke. Sarah was the daughter of Harry M. Silverman and Sophie Grossman, from Siroca.

Sources: Information on the family of Lisa’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Babilas/Babila Orphy/Orphée –

Genealogy of Lisa Bonet (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Lisa’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Lisa’s maternal grandparents, Eli Litman and Sylvia Ellen Goldvarg –

Lisa’s maternal grandfather, Eli Litman, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Lisa’s maternal grandmother, Sylvia Ellen Goldvarg, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Sylvia Ellen Goldvarg on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

17 Responses

  1. phaedra says:

    Looks like Jessica Alba on crack

  2. ahbon says:

    qui est le père ? who’s the father ?

  3. The Beautiful Ones says:

    she looks like Rihanna in this picture

  4. Angel Syrene says:

    She’s is beautiful mix

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