Kasi Lemmons

Birthday: Feb 24, 1961
Birthplace: St. Louis, USA
Blonde-dreadlocked actress and filmmaker Kasi Lemmons was born in Missouri but raised in Massachusetts after her parents divorced. She performed in Boston Children's Theatre as a kid before studying at N.Y.U. and U.C.L.A. Starting at the tender age of 18, she acted professionally throughout the '80s in television and films, including a small role in Spike Lee's School Daze. With an interest in making documentaries, she went to film school at the New School for Social Research in N.Y.C. and made her first film, Fall From Grace, a short documentary about homelessness. Though she continued to develop her writing, she kept acting in order to pay the bills with supporting roles in The Silence of the Lambs, Candyman, Hard Target, and Fear of a Black Hat. Frustrated with her acting career and the lack of good roles for black women in Hollywood, she went to work on her screenplay for Eve's Bayou, a Southern Gothic drama about a girl growing up in Louisiana. In 1997, she appeared in Gridlock'd, the debut feature film by her husband, actor/director Vondie Curtis-Hall. That same year she became pregnant with her first child and made the short film Dr. Hugo -- based on a segment of her script and starring her husband in the lead role -- in order to convince the studios that she could direct Eve's Bayou herself. By the time shooting began, her son Henry Hunter Hall was just three months old. With Samuel L. Jackson as co-producer, Eve's Bayou was a critical success, winning Lemmons an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. In 2001, she teamed with Samuel L. Jackson again for the psychological thriller The Caveman's Valentine, adapted from a novel by George Dawes Green.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Harriet Screenwriter Director 2019
51% Black Nativity Director Screenwriter $4.9M 2013
70% Disconnect Roberta Washington $1.5M 2013
82% Talk to Me Director $4.5M 2007
28% Waist Deep Angry Black Woman $21.4M 2006
No Score Yet In the Company of Women Actor 2004
45% The Caveman's Valentine Director 2001
5% 'Til There Was You Angenelle 1997
88% Gridlock'd Mary 1997
81% Eve's Bayou Director Screenwriter 1996
No Score Yet Zooman Grace 1995
14% Drop Squad June 1994
86% Fear of a Black Hat Nina 1994
53% Hard Target Carmine Mitchell 1993
74% Candyman Bernadette 1992
No Score Yet Afterburn Actor 1992
35% The Five Heartbeats Cookie 1991
96% The Silence of the Lambs Ardelia Mapp 1991
No Score Yet The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson Rachel 1990
61% Vampire's Kiss Jackie 1989
59% School Daze Perry 1988


No Score Yet ER
Chemo Tech
  • 2002
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
  • 1993
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
Miss McKegney
  • 1988
No Score Yet The Equalizer
  • 1988
No Score Yet Black Hollywood: They've Gotta Have Us
No Score Yet Under Cover
Alex Robbins