Arlene Litman was a music teacher, but who was perhaps best known for being the mother of the “Enemy of the State” and “High Fidelity” starlet, Lisa Bonet.
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Arlene Joyce Litman was a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, born under the Aquarius zodiac sign on 11 February 1940. She was raised in a strict Jewish family by her mother, Sylvia Ellen Goldvarg, and father Eil Litman; she was of mixed Ashkenazi Jewish and Russian roots, and had one brother, Barry Litman. She grew up a very disciplined child, and began expressing an interest in music at a young age. She was also very outspoken, and enjoyed sharing her knowledge with her friends, thus being a tutor suited her perfectly.
Lisa’s mother attended a local elementary school in Pittsburg, but her other education details are unknown – it’s widely believed that she received her higher education from a reputable college.
Arlene wasn’t active on social media, and as a result, her career details aren’t available to the public – she never talked about her professional life, so it’s only known that she was a music teacher.
Lisa’s mother was married to the skilled opera musician Allen Bonet, who was a native of Dallas, Texas (born on 13 February 1935). Allen was of Afro-American roots and sang several songs such as “Serenade,” “Warrior’s Forboding,” and “Longing for Springtime.” The late couple had tied the knot in San Francisco, California, on 12 June 1967. Arlene’s parents weren’t happy with their daughter’s union with Allen, because he was of Afro-American roots, but this didn’t stop her from marrying him. Sadly, the couple divorced after spending a few years together, for undisclosed reasons, following which Allen went on to date Deborah Church, with whom he later welcomed seven children. The couple was seemingly living a happy life together until Allen died of a heart attack on 9 November 2018, when he was 83 years old.
It is reported that Arlene’s parents weren’t friendly to her daughter, Lisa, because she was multi-racial and didn’t look like a typical Ashkenazi Jewish girl. During a 2018 interview with Porter Edit, Lisa revealed that ‘I didn’t always feel welcome – in my mom’s family, in my school. So, I sheltered myself by always withholding a bit, because I didn’t always feel safe.’ Arlene raised her only daughter single-handedly following her divorce – in her adolescence, Lisa rose to stardom in the American showbiz industry through her prowess in acting.
Arlene died of breast cancer in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 58; she’d struggled with the illness for a long time before succumbing to it on 3 March 1998. Before her death, Arlene was the grandmother of Lisa’s firstborn, Zoe Isabella Kravitz. In 2019, Zoe launched a line of lipstick and named it after Arlene in her honor.
Arlene had earned a good sum from her teaching career before her death, which is why she was able to raise her daughter single-handedly without experiencing serious financial constraints. However, her actual net worth isn’t known to the public. Her famous daughter, Lisa has carved a niche for herself in the showbiz industry, and has earned a decent amount. She’s reportedly worth approximately $14 million, as of 2022.
Arlene was of white ethnicity, had a pair of black eyes and dark brown hair, was slimly built and stood 5ft 6ins (1.68m) tall, but her weight was unknown to the public.
Who Is Arlene Litman’s Daughter, Lisa Bonet
The Primetime Award-nominated actress, Lisa Michelle Bonet, is a native of San Francisco, California, and was born under the Scorpio zodiac sign on 16 November 1967, which makes her 55 years old as of 2022. She has two step-brothers and five step-sisters from his father’s union with Deborah Church, including the musician Kadhja Bonet. Arlene attended Birmingham High School, which is situated in Van Nuys, California. She later whetted her acting skills at Celluloid Actor’s Studio, North Hollywood.
Lisa began participating in beauty pageants as a child, and also auditioned for roles in various projects. Luckily, she landed the starring role of daughter Denise Huxtable in “The Bill Cosby Show” in which she appeared from 1984 to 1992. She took a brief break from the show and appeared in the first season of its spin-off series, “A Different World” in 1987, which was followed by her appearance alongside Mickey Rourke in the acclaimed horror film, “Angel Heart.” Lisa won a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the latter. She is credited with hosting the election special, “Why Bother Voting?” in September 1992 – the show focused on young voters’ apathy and concerns.
1998 saw Bonet sharing the screen with Will Smith in the crime film “Enemy of the State”, and in 2000, she landed the lead role in the movie “High Fidelity.” In 2003, she was cast as Queenie in the film “Biker Boyz”, appearing alongside her “A Different World” co-star, Kadeem Harrison. She later co-starred in the 2005 movie “Whitepaddy” before taking a long break from the screen, and was next seen in the film “Road to Paloma” in 2014. Thereafter, she appeared alongside her husband-to-be, Jason Momoa in the series “The Read Road,” in which she was cast for a recurring role.
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— Lisa Bonet (@LisaBonetRP) March 4, 2013
Bonet walked the aisle with the American rockstar Lenny Kravitz, in November 1987. A year later, the couple welcomed their first child, a daughter named Zoe Kravitz, who is now the ambassador of YSL Beaute Global Makeup and Fragrance, and is also an actress famous for appearing in the film “No Reservations.” Sadly, their six-year-long relationship ended with a divorce in 1993. However, the duo has maintained a friendly relationship and is often seen on holidays together with their daughter.
Bonet legally changed her name to Lilakoi Moon shortly after the divorce. She later fell in love with the legendary American actor and star of “Games of Thrones” and “Aquaman,” Jason Momoa; Bonet is around 13 years older than Jason. The duo had met in a jazz club in Los Angeles and had fallen in love instantly. They moved in together, and eventually welcomed two children, a daughter and a son named Lola Lolani and Nakoa-Wolf respectively. The couple tied the knot in October 2017, 12 years after they began dating. Sadly, they announced their separation in January 2022.