American actress Dawnn Lewis is a multi-talented personality—has specialized herself as voice actress, singer, and songwriter. Most prominently, she is an actress widely known for her performance as Jaleesa Vinson in the TV series A Different World (1987-1992)—even composed a theme song. For her act in A Different World, she was also honored for thrice with an award at the BMI Film & TV Awards Show, in 1990, 1991, and 1992, respectively.
Moreover, Dawnn grasped consistency in her acting career through her portrayal in TV shows like Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (1992-1993) and Dream On (1996).
Bio (Age) & Parents
Hailing from Brooklyn, New York City, the US, Dawnn Lewis was born on 13 August 1961. Her Guyanese descent parents go by the name of Carl and Joyce Lewis.
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For her education, she first got enrolled at New York's High School of Music and Art and graduated from there in 1977 (at the age of 16). After then, she went to the University of Miami and graduated with a major in Musical Theatre and a minor in Journalism in 1982.
Dawnn Lewis' Husband; Married Life
Dawnn Lewis was married to a former NBA player plus Richmond's all-time leading scorer, Johnny Newman.
They first met each other in a New York-based function, in 1987. But, at that time, both of them were in a relationship with their respective partners. Later, they again met through a charity fund-raiser in 2003. After their second interaction, they developed a feeling for each other—they started to date.
Finally, Johnny proposed her for marriage—Dawnn said, 'Yes.' Furthermore, on Christmas Eve 2014, the duo shared the wedding vows at Los Angeles' Hollywood United Methodist Church.
Unfortunately, there arose disputes between Johnny and Dawnn. As per ESPN.in, on 17 November 2005, Johnny was even sent to jail for 60 days and fined $500 for assaulting Dawnn. Conclusively, their marriage ended with a divorce in 2006.
Dawnn Lewis was interested in the field of acting and singing from a young age. In the beginning, she used to sing jingles for commercials and later worked at nightclubs.
Side-by-side, she was also trying her luck in the entertainment industry—she even gave auditions in several movies and TV series. In 1988, the streak of luck began after she got the role of Cheryl in her debut film, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka.
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After that, she played in the TV series, A Different World, which turned out to be her career-changing moment. Following that, she played in other TV series like Spider-Man (1995-97), Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (2000), The Legend of Tarzan (2001), CSI: Miami (2012), Stitchers (2017), and The Simpsons (2017-19). Also, some of her movie credits include Bad Day on the Block (1997), Dreamgirls (2006), Whoa! (2013); Cycle 2017 (2017), and Be the Light (2020).
Amongst her acting credits, her portrayal in the 2019th TV series, Veronica Mars, as Marcia Langdon, a former Army Brigadier General with CID and newly appointed Balboa County Sheriff, was well received by audiences. She appeared in 8 episodes of the show.
Dawnn Lewis on the sets of the TV series, Veronica Mars on 14 November 2018 (Photo: Dawnn Lewis' Instagram)
Apart from her acting credits, Dawnn has even worked as a voice artist in numerous video games such as X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse (2005), Spider-Man 3 (2007), Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 (2009), and Fallout 76 (2018).
As of now, she is working on two of her upcoming projects titled L & X of A Single Angelino (TV Movie) and Star Trek: Lower Decks (TV Series).
According to Celebrity Net Worth, the American multi-talented personality, Dawnn Lewis has managed to make a healthy net worth of $4 million.
Quick Facts About Dawnn Lewis
As a singer, Dawnn is known for her excellent work in Sister Act: The Musical.
She stands at a height of 5 feet 7 inches (1.7 meters).
Dawnn is the owner of a production company named Morning Jewel Inc.
She constantly gets involved in charity works with the American Cancer Society and The March of Dimes.
During her free time, Dawnn enjoys horseback riding, swimming, and designing clothes.
Dawnn has won many awards and has been nominated at awards shows numerous times. But, one of her major accolades is being the winner of the Grammy Award.