After being in beauty competitions and appearing in guest spots on television series as a child, American actress Lisa Bonet landed the role of Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show, the second oldest child of the parents played by Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad.
In 1987, Bonet briefly left The Cosby Show to star in the spin-off series A Different World, which focused on Denise’s life at college. That year, Bonet, then 19, played 17-year-old Epiphany Proudfoot in the movie Angel Heart opposite Mickey Rourke.
After announcing her pregnancy during the run of A Different World, Bonet left the series. She returned to The Cosby Show the following year, but was fired in April 1991 because of “creative differences”. After The Cosby Show, Bonet appeared in direct-to-video releases and made-for-television movies.
Bonet had supporting roles in the 1998 film Enemy of the State and the 2000 film High Fidelity. In 2003, she played Queenie in Biker Boyz, which reunited her with her A Different World co-star Kadeem Hardison.
Bonet co starred in the film Whitepaddy in 2005. While she did not have another film role until 2014’s Road to Paloma, she did make a number of appearances in episodes of television dramas and comedies, starting in 2008 in the American adaptation of the British television series Life on Mars. She had a recurring role in the 2014–15 series The Red Road, starring her partner and future husband Jason Momoa.
Take a look at these beautiful photos to see portrait of a young Lisa Bonet in the 1980s.