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Jenifer Lewis

1957-01-25 Kinloch, Missouri, USA

Image of Jenifer Lewis


Jenifer Jeanette Lewis (born January 25, 1957) is an American film and television actress and singer. She is one of Hollywood's most familiar faces, with more than 300 appearances in film and television and was dubbed a "national treasure" by TV She began her career appearing in Broadway musicals and worked as a back-up singer for Bette Midler before appearing in the films Beaches and Sister Act. She delivered legendary performances as Tina Turner's mother in What's Love Got to Do With It and in The Preacher's Wife as the mother of Whitney Houston's character. She starred opposite Matt Damon in Clint Eastwood's Hereafter. For director Tyler Perry, she created unforgettable characters in Madea's Family Reunion and Meet the Browns. In the movie Cast Away, she portrayed Tom Hanks' boss. In animated films, Jenifer's uniquely recognizable voice is adored by Disney fans worldwide in roles such as "Flo" in Cars and Cars 2, and as "Mama Odie" in The Princess and the Frog. For six seasons, Jenifer portrayed "Lana Hawkins" on Lifetime's hit series Strong Medicine. She starred on the hit show Black-ish (ABC), where her hilarious portrayal of "Ruby Johnson" earned her a nomination for the 2016 Critics Choice Award. She has also written two books: The Mother of Black Hollywood and Walking in My Joy: In These Streets.


The Greatest Love Story Never Told Self 2024-02-26
This Is Me…Now Gemini 2024-02-15
black-ish: A Celebration – An ABC News Special Self 2022-04-19
All Boys Aren't Blue 2021-08-13
Finding Kendrick Johnson Narrator 2021-07-30
Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square Margeline 2020-11-22
The Addams Family Great Auntie Sloom (Voice) 2019-10-10
Forbidden 2018-03-15
Cars 3 Flo (voice) 2017-06-15
Jewel's Catch One Self 2017-01-07
The Wedding Ringer Doris Jenkins 2015-01-16
Secrets of the Magic City Aunt Valerie 2015-06-26
Think Like a Man Too Loretta 2014-06-20
The Radiator Springs 500½ Flo (voice) 2014-05-20
Baggage Claim Catherine Moore 2013-09-27
Hiccups Flo (voice) 2013-03-22
Zambezia Gogo (voice) 2012-06-05
Think Like a Man Loretta Hanover 2012-04-20
Five Maggie 2011-10-10
Cars 2 Flo (voice) 2011-06-11
When Harry Met Sally 2 with Billy Crystal and Helen Mirren Retirement Home Waitress (uncredited) 2011-04-06
Hereafter Candace 2010-10-22
Not Easily Broken Mary 'Mama' Clark 2009-01-09
The Princess and the Frog Mama Odie (voice) 2009-12-08
Prop 8: The Musical Riffing Prop 8'er 2008-12-03
Meet the Browns Vera 2008-03-21
Who's Your Caddy? C-Note's Mom 2007-07-27
Redrum Therapist 2007-10-30
Dirty Laundry Aunt Lettuce 2006-07-15
Cars Flo (voice) 2006-06-08
Madea's Family Reunion Milay Jenay Lori 2006-02-24
Earth to America Self 2005-11-20
Shark Tale Motown Turtle (voice) 2004-09-20
The Cookout Lady Em 2004-09-03
Nora's Hair Salon Nora 2004-05-25
Juwanna Mann Aunt Ruby 2002-06-21
Dancing in September Judge Warner 2001-02-03
The Brothers Louise Smith 2001-03-23
Cast Away Becca Twig 2000-12-22
Little Richard Muh Penniman 2000-02-20
Partners Detective Lancy 2000-07-20
Jackie's Back! Jackie Washington 1999-06-14
Mystery Men Lucille 1999-08-06
Get Bruce! Self 1999-01-01
Blast from the Past Dr. Aron 1999-02-12
The Temptations Mama Rose 1998-03-03
An Unexpected Life Camille 1998-06-24
The Mighty Mrs. Addison 1998-06-01
The Preacher's Wife Margueritte Coleman 1996-12-13
Girl 6 Boss #1 - Lil 1996-03-22
Panther Rita 1995-05-03
Deadline for Murder: From the Files of Edna Buchanan Denice Cooper 1995-05-08
Dead Presidents Mrs. Curtis 1995-09-29
Shake, Rattle and Rock! Amanda 1994-08-26
Corrina, Corrina Jevina 1994-08-12
Renaissance Man Mrs. Coleman 1994-06-03
Deconstructing Sarah Betty 1994-12-16
What's Love Got to Do with It Zelma Bullock 1993-06-09
The Meteor Man Mrs. Williams 1993-08-06
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Vegas Backup Singer #1 1993-12-09
Undercover Blues Cab Driver 1993-09-10
Poetic Justice Annie 1993-07-23
Sister Act Michelle 1992-05-28
Frozen Assets Jomisha 1992-10-23
Sunday in Paris Taylor Chase 1991-07-07
Beaches Diva 1988-12-21
Bette Midler: Art or Bust Self - Harlette 1984-08-18
Bette Midler: No Frills Herself 1983-08-23
The Temptations Le film de leur ascension vers la gloire Mama Rose
Spellbound Minister Nazara Prone (voice)