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Lewis, Jenifer (1957–)

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LEWIS, JENIFER (1957–). Actress. She was born in Kinloch, Missouri, and began her showbiz career in a 1979 production of the Broadway musical Eubie . She once sang background as one of Bette Midler’s Harlettes, and she co-wrote and starred in the one-woman show The Diva is Dismissed , which earned her two NAACP Image Awards. She has worked extensively in both film and television, often portraying motherly characters, such as Dean Dorothy Dandridge on A Different World ; Aunt Hellen on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air ; and Veretta Childs on Girlfriends . She provided the voice of Bebe Ho in the animated series The PJs , the voice of Motown Turtle in Shark Tale , and the voice of Flo in the animated feature film Cars . Her notable film appearances include supporting roles in The Temptations , 1998; Little Richard , 2000; The Brothers , 2001; and Nora’s Hair Salon , 2004.

Filmography: Red Heat , 1988; Beaches , 1988; Sister Act , 1992; Frozen Assets , 1992; What’s Love Got to Do with It? 1993; Poetic Justice , 1993; The Meteor Man , 1993; Undercover Blues , 1993; Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit , 1993; Renaissance Man , 1994; Corrina, Corrina , 1994; Panther , 1995; Dead Presidents , 1995; Girl 6 , 1996; The Preacher’s Wife , 1996; Rituals , 1998; The Mighty , 1998; The Temptations , 1998; Blast from the Past , 1999; Mystery Men , 1999; Little Richard , 2000; Dancing in September , 2000; Cast Away , 2000; Partners , 2000; The Brothers , 2001; Juwanna Mann , 2003; Antwone Fisher , 2002; Sunday Morning Stripper , 2003; The Cookout , 2004; Shark Tale , 2004; Nora’s Hair Salon , 2004; Madea’s Family Reunion , 2006; Cars , 2006; Dirty Laundry , 2006; Redrum , 2007.

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