Born in Kinloch, Missouri on January 25, 1957, Jenifer Lewis began her career on Broadway in a small role in "Eubie" in 1979, the musical based on the work of Eubie Blake. She next landed the role of Effie White in the workshop of the Michael Bennett-directed musical "Dreamgirls," but when the show moved to Broadway, Bennett chose Jennifer Holliday for the role. She's also appeared in "Cominí Uptown," City Center Encores! Presentation of Neil Simonís musical "Promises, Promises" with Martin Short and Christine Baranski and she starred in "The Old Settler" at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Jenifer later accepted a position as a Harlette, a back-up singer for Bette Midler which led to Lewis' first TV appearances on Midler's HBO specials. Jenifer's one-woman show, "The Diva is Dismissed" which she also co-wrote, had a three-year run in Los Angeles and premiered at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre as part of the prestigious New York Shakespeare Festival. Her performance earned her two NAACP Theatre Awards in the categories of Best Actress and Best Playwright.

After moving to Los Angeles, Jenifer got her film career started. She's appeared in such films as "Sister Act," "What's Love Got To Do With It," "Corrina, Corrina," "The Preacher's Wife" and "The Brothers." In 1999 Jenifer produced and starred in the Lifetime telefilm "Jackie's Back."

Jenifer's tv guest appearances include "Murphy Brown," "Roc," "Promised Land," "Time Of Your Life," "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper," "Living Single," "That's So Raven," "Touched By An Angel" and "Moesha." She had recurring roles in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "A Different World" and "Girlfriends." Jenifer was a series regular in "Courthouse," the voice of Bebe in "The PJ's" and the Lifetime tv series "Strong Medicine."

Jenifer's film credits include the following:

Check out the following sites for additional information about Jenifer:

Jenifer Lewis@Internet Movie Database
Jenifer Lewis@Wikipedia
The Staggering Harlettes
Jenifer Lewis
Jenifer Lewis Interview@A&U Magazine