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Jenifer Lewis is one of Hollywood's most familiar faces, with more than 300 appearances in film and television. Dubbed a "national treasure" by TV Guide.com, Jenifer stars on the hit show Black-ish (ABC), where her hilarious portrayal of "Ruby Johnson" earned her a nomination for the 2016 Critics Choice Award. Jenifer's most recent movies include ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Princess and the Frog
(2009)
Mystery Men
Mystery Men Lucille
(1999)
The Preacher's Wife
The Preacher's Wife Margueritte Coleman
(1996)
What's Love Got to Do with It
(1993)

Filmography

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 2017 Big Hero 6: The Series (TV Series)
Professor Granville
- Episode #1.3 (2017) ... Professor Granville (voice)
- Tumble Fight (2017) ... Professor Granville (voice)
 2014-2017 Black-ish (TV Series)
Ruby / Ruby Johnson / Rosy
- Sugar Daddy (2017) ... Ruby
- Charity Case (2017) ... Ruby
- Please Don't Feed the Animals (2017) ... Ruby
- First and Last (2017) ... Ruby
- Public Fool (2017) ... Ruby
 2017 Big Hero 6: Baymax Returns (TV Movie)
Professor Granville / Pregnant Wife (voice)
 2017 Cars 3
Flo (voice)
 2015 It Had to Be You (TV Movie)
Reggie
 2015 Instant Mom (TV Series)
Delois
- Mysteries of Maggie (2015) ... Delois
- Not Full House (2015) ... Delois
 2015 The Wedding Ringer
Doris Jenkins
 2015 The Exes (TV Series)
Caren Dupree
- Requiem for a Dream (2015) ... Caren Dupree
 2014 Think Like a Man Too
Loretta
 2014 Secrets of the Magic City
Aunt Valerie
 2013-2014 Tales from Radiator Springs (TV Series)
Flo
- The Radiator Springs 500½ (2014) ... Flo (voice)
- Hiccups (2013) ... Flo (voice)
 2014 The Boondocks (TV Series)
Geraldine / Boss Willona
- Early Bird Special (2014) ... Geraldine (voice)
- Breaking Grandad (2014) ... Boss Willona (voice)
 2013 Baggage Claim
Catherine
 2013 Disney Infinity (Video Game)
Flo (voice)
 2013 Playin' for Love
Alize Gates
 2012 Zambezia
Gogo (voice)
 2012 Think Like a Man
Loretta
 2012 Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom (Video Game)
Mama Odie / Shenzi (voice)
 2011 Five (TV Movie)
Maggie
 2011 The Playboy Club (TV Series)
Pearl
- A Matter of Simple Duplicity (2011) ... Pearl
- The Scarlet Bunny (2011) ... Pearl
- Pilot (2011) ... Pearl
- Ding Dong Ghoul ... Pearl
- A Tryst of Fate ... Pearl
 2011 State of Georgia (TV Series)
Patrice
- Best Friends For-Never (2011) ... Patrice
 2011 Cars 2: The Video Game (Video Game)
Flo (voice)
 2011 Cars 2
Flo (voice)
 2011 When Harry Met Sally 2 with Billy Crystal and Helen Mirren (Video short)
Retirement Home Waitress (uncredited)
 2011 American Dad! (TV Series)
Lessie
- School Lies (2011) ... Lessie (voice)
 2011 The Cleveland Show (TV Series)
Receptionist / Middle-Aged Woman / Woman / ...
- The Way the Cookie Crumbles (2011) ... Receptionist / Middle-Aged Woman (voice)
- A Short Story and a Tall Tale (2011) ... Woman / Kevin Garnett's Mom (voice)
 2009-2010 Meet the Browns (TV Series)
Vera Brown
- Meet the Confession (2010) ... Vera Brown
- Meet the Baby (2010) ... Vera Brown
- Meet the Anniversary (2010) ... Vera Brown
- Meet the Mom Again (2009) ... Vera Brown
- Meet the Mom (2009) ... Vera Brown
 2010 Hereafter
Candace
 2009 The Princess and the Frog
Mama Odie (voice)
 2009 The Princess and the Frog (Video Game)
Mama Odie (voice)
 2009 Cars Race-O-Rama (Video Game)
Flo (voice)
 2009 Not Easily Broken
Mary 'Mama' Clark
 2008 Prop 8: The Musical (Short)
Riffing Prop 8'er
 2008 Meet the Browns
Vera
 2007-2008 Boston Legal (TV Series)
Judge Isabel Fisher
- Mad About You (2008) ... Judge Isabel Fisher
- No Brains Left Behind (2007) ... Judge Isabel Fisher (as Jennifer Lewis)
 2007 Cars Mater-National (Video Game)
Flo (voice)
 2007 Redrum
Therapist
 2007 Who's Your Caddy?
C-Note's Mom
 2007 Shark (TV Series)
Ellie Broussard
- Backfire (2007) ... Ellie Broussard
 2007 Day Break (TV Series)
Elizabeth Hopper
- What If She's Lying? (2007) ... Elizabeth Hopper
 2006 The Heart Specialist
Nurse Jackson
 2006/I Dirty Laundry
Aunt Lettuce
 2006 Cars (Video Game)
Flo (voice)
 2002-2006 Girlfriends (TV Series)
Veretta Childs
- ...Ain't Nothing Over There (2006) ... Veretta Childs
- All God's Children (2005) ... Veretta Childs
- The Bridges of Fresno County (2005) ... Veretta Childs
- On the Couch (2004) ... Veretta Childs
- The Wedding (2003) ... Veretta Childs
 2006 Cars
Flo (voice)
 2006 Madea's Family Reunion
Milay Jenay Lori
 2000-2006 Strong Medicine (TV Series)
Lana Hawkins
- Special Delivery (2006) ... Lana Hawkins
- Dr. Thornton Hears a Who? (2006) ... Lana Hawkins
- Baby BOOM! (2006) ... Lana Hawkins
- Unorthodox Treatment (2006) ... Lana Hawkins
- My Sister, My Doctor, Myself (2006) ... Lana Hawkins
 2004 Shark Tale
Motown Turtle (voice)
 2004 The Cookout
Lady Em
 2004 Nora's Hair Salon
Nora Harper
 2004 That's So Raven (TV Series)
Vivian Baxter
- To See or Not to See (2004) ... Vivian Baxter
 2003 The Proud Family (TV Series)
Aunt Spice
- Penny Potter (2003) ... Aunt Spice (voice)
 2003 The Sunday Morning Stripper (Short)
Demetria
 2002 Antwone Fisher
Aunt (uncredited)
 2002 Family Affair (TV Series)
Mrs. Summers
- Pilot: Part 1 (2002) ... Mrs. Summers
 2002 Juwanna Mann
Aunt Ruby
 1999-2001 The PJs (TV Series)
Bebe Ho
- Red Man's Burden (2001) ... Bebe Ho (voice)
- Clip Show (2001) ... Bebe Ho (voice)
- Cruising for a Bluesing (2001) ... Bebe Ho (voice)
- Smoke Gets in Your High-Rise (2001) ... Bebe Ho (voice)
- Scarthroat (2000) ... Bebe Ho (voice)
 2001 The Ponder Heart (TV Movie)
Narcissa Wingfield
 2001 The Brothers
Louise Smith
 2000 Cast Away
Becca Twig
 2000 Bette (TV Series)
Inez
- The Grammy Pre-Show ... Inez
 2000 Partners (TV Movie)
Detective Lancy
 2000 Dancing in September
Judge Warner
 2000 Little Richard (TV Movie)
Muh Penniman
 1998-2000 For Your Love (TV Series)
Mel and Reggie's Mother / Sylvia Ellis
- Father Fixture (2000) ... Mel and Reggie's Mother
- The Brother's Day (1998) ... Sylvia Ellis
 1999 Time of Your Life (TV Series)
Joss's Mother
- The Time They Had Not (1999) ... Joss's Mother
 1999 Grown Ups (TV Series)
Melissa's Mother
- Family Circus (1999) ... Melissa's Mother
 1999 Moesha (TV Series)
Mrs. Biggs
- A Den is a Terrible Thing to Waste (1999) ... Mrs. Biggs
 1997-1999 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV Series)
Hazel / Black Widow Spider
- The Bremen Town Musicians (1999) ... Hazel (voice)
- Goldilocks and the Three Bears (1997) ... Black Widow Spider (voice)
 1999 Mystery Men
Lucille
 1999 Jackie's Back! (TV Movie)
Jackie Washington
 1999 The Jamie Foxx Show (TV Series)
Josie
- Always Follow Your Heart (1999) ... Josie
 1999 Blast from the Past
Dr. Aron
 1998 An Unexpected Life (TV Movie)
Camille
 1998 Rituals (Short)
 1998 The Mighty
Mrs. Addison
 1998 The Parent 'Hood (TV Series)
Linda
- Hurricane Linda (1998) ... Linda
 1998 The Temptations (TV Series)
Mama Rose
- Episode #1.1 (1998) ... Mama Rose
- Episode #1.2 (1998) ... Mama Rose
 1997 Promised Land (TV Series)
Queenie
- Amazing Grace: Part 2 (1997) ... Queenie
 1997 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Queenie
- Amazing Grace: Part 1 (1997) ... Queenie
 1996 The Preacher's Wife
Margueritte Coleman
 1996 Cosby (TV Series)
Bernice
- Basketball Story (1996) ... Bernice
 1996 Girl 6
Boss #1 - Lil
 1991-1996 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV Series)
Aunt Helen
- Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Part 2 (1996) ... Aunt Helen
- There's the Rub: Part 2 (1995) ... Aunt Helen
- There's the Rub: Part 1 (1995) ... Aunt Helen
- 'Twas the Night Before Christening (1993) ... Aunt Helen
- Mommy Nearest (1992) ... Aunt Helen
 1995 Courthouse (TV Series)
Judge Rosetta Reide
- Injustice for All (1995) ... Judge Rosetta Reide
- Fair-Weathered Friends (1995) ... Judge Rosetta Reide
- One Strike and You're Out (1995) ... Judge Rosetta Reide
- Child Support (1995) ... Judge Rosetta Reide
- Sex, Law and Videotape (1995) ... Judge Rosetta Reide
 1995 Dead Presidents
Mrs. Curtis
 1995 Living Single (TV Series)
Delia Deveaux
- Talk Showdown (1995) ... Delia Deveaux
 1995/I Panther
Rita
 1995 New York Undercover (TV Series)
Medina
- Private Enemy No. 1 (1995) ... Medina
 1994 Last Days of Russell (TV Movie)
Aunt Yvette
 1994 Friends (TV Series)
Paula
- The One with the Thumb (1994) ... Paula
 1994 Rebel Highway (TV Series)
Amanda Baldwin Cooper
- Shake, Rattle and Rock! (1994) ... Amanda Baldwin Cooper
 1994 Shake, Rattle and Rock! (TV Movie)
Amanda
 1994 Corrina, Corrina
Jevina
 1994 Deconstructing Sarah (TV Movie)
Betty
 1994 Renaissance Man
Mrs. Coleman
 1993-1994 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (TV Series)
Georgia Rodman
- Double Cheeseburger, Hold the Diploma (1994) ... Georgia Rodman
- Father Fairest (1993) ... Georgia Rodman
 1994 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
Mystique
- All Shook Up (1994) ... Mystique
 1993 Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
Vegas Backup Singer #1
 1993 Moon Over Miami (TV Series)
Aurora Tyler
- If You Only Knew (1993) ... Aurora Tyler
 1993 Roc (TV Series)
Charlaine
- Joey the Bartender (1993) ... Charlaine
 1993 Undercover Blues
Cab Driver
 1993 The Meteor Man
Mrs. Williams, Lewis' Mother
 1993 Poetic Justice
Annie
 1990-1993 A Different World (TV Series)
Dean Dorothy Dandridge Davenport / Susan Clayton
- A Rock, a River, a Lena (1993) ... Dean Dorothy Dandridge Davenport
- Great X-Pectations (1993) ... Dean Dorothy Dandridge Davenport
- Original Teacher (1992) ... Dean Dorothy Dandridge Davenport
- The Little Mister (1992) ... Dean Dorothy Dandridge Davenport
- Somebody Say Ho! (1992) ... Dean Dorothy Dandridge Davenport
 1993 What's Love Got to Do with It
Zelma Bullock
 1993 In Living Color (TV Series)
Snookie / Various
- Bunny Clive (1993) ... Snookie
- Calhoun Tubbs ... Various
 1992 Dream On (TV Series)
Carolyn
- To the Moon, Alex! (1992) ... Carolyn
 1992 Frozen Assets
Jomisha
 1992 Sister Act
Michelle
 1990-1991 Murphy Brown (TV Series)
Sales Person
- Uh-Oh: Part 2 (1991) ... Sales Person
 1991 Sunday in Paris (TV Short)
Taylor Chase
 1991 Stat (TV Series)
Felicia Brown
- Psychosomatic (1991) ... Felicia Brown
 1988 Beaches
Diva (as Jenifer Jeanette Lewis)
 1988 Red Heat
Judge Jenifer Lewis (uncredited)
Show Show Music department (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (6 credits)
Show Show Writer (1 credit)
Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Self (28 credits)

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Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 1 Article | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

The Harlettes | Jenifer Jeanette Lewis | Jennifer Lewis

Height:

5' 5½" (1.66 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I'm in the moment. I'm always in the moment of life. See more »

Trivia:

Despite playing her mother in What's Love Got to Do with It (1993), Lewis is just 1 year older than Angela Bassett. See more »

Trademark:

She often plays a character's mother or grandmother in movies or shows

Nickname:

The Black Mother of Hollywood

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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