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Dawnn Lewis Biography

Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, New York, United States

Fast Facts

  • Is of African-American and Guyanese descent
  • Co-starred in the sitcom A Different World from 1987 to 1992, playing Jaleesa Vinson
  • Composed A Different World's theme song with Bill Cosby and Stu Gardner
  • Played Deloris Van Cartier, the Whoopi Goldberg role, in Peter Schneider's Sister Act the Musical before its Broadway run
  • Has lent her voice to a number of animated television series such as The Simpsons, Futurama, The Cleveland Show and The Boondocks, as well as to Pixar films Monsters University and Inside Out


  • Johnny Newman -- Ex-husband
  • Carl Lewis -- Father
  • Joyce Lewis -- Mother