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Jenifer Lewis

Jenifer Lewis
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Jenifer Lewis Biography

Jenifer Lewis stars as Lana Hawkins, the no-nonsense receptionist who keeps order amidst the chaos in the clinic, in Sony Pictures Television's hit drama series Strong Medicine, for Lifetime.

Lewis's ability to captivate an audience stems from her incredibly versatile voice, her bawdy, well-developed sense of humor and her powerful acting performances. In the Tina Turner biopic, WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT, Lewis' critically acclaimed performance as Turner's mother, Zelma Bullock, garnered her an NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Her captivating presence and sharp-tongued humor can also be remembered in Penny Marshall's romantic comedy THE PREACHER'S WIFE, with Denzel Washing and Whitney Houston, which also garnered her an Image Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Recently, she starred in the feature film THE BROTHERS. Critics praised her role as the controversial lesbian judge Rosetta Reide in the CBS television series The Courthouse. Read Full Bio >>

Jenifer Lewis Awards

2012 Black Reel Awards Outstanding Television or Mini-Series Performance, Female Five (2011) (TV). Nominated
2012 Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special Five (2011) (TV). Nominated
2012 NAMIC Vision Awards Best Performance - Drama Five (2011) (TV). Nominated
2010 Annie Awards Voice Acting in a Feature Production The Princess and the Frog (2009). Nominated
2006 NAMIC Vision Awards Best Dramatic Performance "Strong Medicine" (2000). Nominated

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Jenifer Lewis Trivia

  • Was once one of Bette Midler's Harlettes.
  • She started her career in 1979 with a small role in the Broadway show Eubie.
  • She starred in and co-wrote a one-woman show called The Diva is Dismissed. It earned her two NAACP Theatre Awards.
  • Sang in her church choir at the age of five.
  • She is the youngest of seven children.
  • Has a adopted daughter, Charmaine

Jenifer Lewis Photos

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    "Cars Land" Grand Opening at Disneyland - Arrivals

  • Jenifer Lewis, Hosea Chanchez

    5th Annual Pre-BET Awards Celebration Dinner - Arrivals

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    "Cars 2" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

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    4th Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon - Arrivals

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    "Meet the Browns" Hollywood Premiere - Arrivals

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    Spider-Man 2 Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

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