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Jenifer Lewis

Lowest Rated:   5% The Cookout (2004)
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Birthplace:   Kinloch, Missouri, USA
Best known for playing unapologetically mature, assertive, and intelligent adult women, African-American supporting actress Jenifer Lewis originally launched her career as a vocalist, singing in a church choir in Kinloch, MO. Lewis' passion (and gift) for singing carried her to the Great White Way, where she appeared in a number of sell-out Broadway musicals -- including Ain't Misbehavin' and Dreamgirls. She subsequently migrated to the West Coast for a string of appearances in TV programs such as Roc, A Different World, Murphy Brown, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, Touched by an Angel, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and graduated to features in 1992. The films in which Lewis has appeared run the gamut of quality, from outstanding (What's Love Got to Do With It?, 1993) to satisfactory (Sister Act, 1992; The Preacher's Wife, 1996) to downright abominable (Frozen Assets, 1992); many, however, demonstrated her fine gifts. More recently, Lewis attained some much-deserved recognition (and ascended to higher than usual billing) with her multi-season portrayal of Lana Hawkins in the prime-time medical drama Strong Medicine (2000).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Cars 3
  • Flo
2017
No Score Yet Playin' for Love
  • Actor
2015
29% The Wedding Ringer
  • Doris Jenkins
2015
No Score Yet The List
  • Producer
2015
23% Think Like a Man Too
  • Loretta
2014
14% Baggage Claim
  • Catherine
$17.3M 2013
No Score Yet It Had to Be You
  • Actor
2013
17% Zambezia
  • Actor
$1.1M 2013
No Score Yet The Magic City
  • Actor
2013
53% Think Like a Man
  • Loretta
$91.6M 2012
No Score Yet Adventures In Zambezia
  • Gogo
2012
39% Cars 2
  • Flo
$191.5M 2011
No Score Yet The Heart Specialist
  • Nurse Jackson
$1.1M 2011
No Score Yet Five
  • Maggie
2011
46% Hereafter
  • Candace
$32.8M 2010
84% The Princess and the Frog
  • Mama Odie
$104.4M 2009
33% Not Easily Broken
  • Mary
$10.6M 2009
32% Meet The Browns
  • Vera
$42.0M 2008
No Score Yet Redrum
  • Therapist
2007
6% Who's Your Caddy?
  • Mrs. Hawkins
$5.6M 2007
50% Dirty Laundry
  • Aunt Lettuce
2006
74% Cars
  • Flo
$244.1M 2006
25% Madea's Family Reunion
  • Milay
$63.2M 2006
No Score Yet Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns
  • Vera
2005
35% Shark Tale
  • Motown Turtle
$160.8M 2004
5% The Cookout
  • Lady Em
$11.6M 2004
No Score Yet Partners
  • Detective
2004
No Score Yet Nora's Hair Salon
  • Nora
2004
10% Juwanna Mann
  • Aunt Ruby
$13.5M 2002
63% The Brothers
  • Louise Smith
$26.6M 2001
No Score Yet Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection
  • Narcissa Wingfield
2001
90% Cast Away
  • Becca Twig
2000
No Score Yet Little Richard
  • Muh Penniman
2000
No Score Yet Dancing in September
  • Judge Warner
2000
No Score Yet Jackie's Back
  • Jackie Washington
  • Producer
1999
71% Get Bruce
  • Actor
1999
60% Mystery Men
  • Lucille
1999
58% Blast From the Past
  • Dr. Aron
1999
No Score Yet Partners
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet The Temptations
  • Mama Rose
1998
75% The Mighty
  • Mrs. Addison
1998
No Score Yet An Unexpected Life
  • Camille
1997
60% The Preacher's Wife
  • Marguerite Coleman
1996
33% Girl 6
  • Boss 1, Lil
1996
45% Dead Presidents
  • Mrs. Curtis
1995
27% Panther
  • Rita
1995
35% Corrina, Corrina
  • Jevina
1994
17% Renaissance Man
  • Mrs. Coleman
1994
No Score Yet Deconstructing Sarah
  • Betty
1994
7% Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
  • Backup Singer #1
1993
35% Undercover Blues
  • Cab Driver
1993
29% The Meteor Man
  • Mrs. Williams
1993
31% Poetic Justice
  • Lucky's Mother
1993
96% What's Love Got To Do With It?
  • Zelma Bullock
1993
71% Sister Act
  • Michelle
$0.2M 1992
No Score Yet Frozen Assets
  • Jomisha
1992
No Score Yet Daddy, (Danielle Steel's 'Daddy')
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet My Father, My Son
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Star Tours
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet The Magic City (Magiki polis)
  • Actor
1954

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
93% black-ish
2014
  • Ruby
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Cleveland Show
2009-2013
  • Voice
  • 2011
24% The Playboy Club
2011
  • Pearl
  • 2011
No Score Yet Meet the Browns
2009
  • Vera
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Day Break
2006
  • Elizabeth Hopper
  • 2008
No Score Yet Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Judge Isabel Fisher
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
  • Aunt Helen Helen
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991

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