Jenifer Lewis Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

Jenifer Lewis Quick Info
Height5 ft 5½ in
Weight64 kg
Date of BirthJanuary 25, 1957
Zodiac SignAquarius
SpouseArnold Byrd

Jenifer Lewis is an American actress, comedian, singer, dancer, voiceover artist, and activist who is best known for her on-screen roles like Zelma Bullock in What’s Love Got to Do With It, Jackie Washington in Jackie’s Back, Ruby Johnson in Black-ish, Marguerite Coleman in The Preacher’s Wife, Maggie in Five, Mama Odie in The Princess and the Frog, Judge Rosetta Reide in Courthouse, Catherine Moore in Baggage Claim, Vera Brown in Meet the Browns, Aunt Helen Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirDean Dorothy Dandridge Davenport in A Different World, and Receptionist Lana Hawkins in Strong Medicine.

Born Name

Jenifer Jeanette Lewis

Nick Name

The Black Mother of Hollywood

Jenifer Lewis as seen in November 2008
Jenifer Lewis as seen in November 2008 (Greg Hernandez / Flickr / CC BY 2.0)

Sun Sign


Born Place

Kinloch, St. Louis County, Missouri, United States


Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States





Jenifer Lewis studied at Kinloch High School before getting enrolled at Webster University in Webster Groves, Missouri.

In 2015, she received an honorary degree from Webster University.


Actress, Comedian, Singer, Dancer, Voiceover Artist, Activist


  • Father – Edward James Lewis (Worked in a factory)
  • Mother – Dorothy Lewis (Nurse’s aide)
  • Siblings – She has 6 older siblings.


Jenifer Lewis is represented by –

  • Innovative Artists, Talent Agency, Santa Monica, California, United States
  • William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, Talent and Literary Agency, Beverly Hills, California, United States







Jenifer Lewis (Left) posing for a picture alongside Kamala Harris in August 2020
Jenifer Lewis (Left) posing for a picture alongside Kamala Harris in August 2020 (Jenifer Lewis / Instagram)


5 ft 5½ in or 166.5 cm


64 kg or 141 lbs

Boyfriend / Spouse

Jenifer Lewis has dated –

  1. Arnold Byrd (2012-Present) – She got married to Arnold Byrd in the year 2012 and has also adopted a daughter named Charmaine Lewis.

Race / Ethnicity


Hair Color


Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • A beauty spot under her lips
  • Husky voice

Brand Endorsements

She appeared in a TV commercial for Wal-Mart stores in 2006.

Jenifer Lewis as seen in an Instagram post in August 2019
Jenifer Lewis as seen in an Instagram post in August 2019 (Jenifer Lewis / Instagram)

Jenifer Lewis Facts

  1. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1990 and kept her diagnosis hidden for several years because she felt ashamed. However, she later embraced it after 17 years of therapy and 10 years of medication and has said, “You have to look in the mirror… and say—before you can go or grow into anything—you have to say you love yourself”.
  2. For her performance as Maggie in the 2011 comedy-drama anthology television film Five, she was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special”.
  3. In 2014, she started appearing as Ruby Johnson, Andre’s heavily religious mother who does not get along with Rainbow, in the television sitcom, Black-ish, and this role won her the 2017 Black Reel Award for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series” while she was also nominated Critics’ Choice Television Award for “Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series” in 2017.
  4. She has done voiceover work in video games like CarsCars Mater-National Championship, and Cars Race-O-Rama.

Featured Image by Greg Hernandez / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

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