Lenny Kravitz

May 26, 1964

Lenny Kravitz Artistfacts

  • Kravitz was married to actress Lisa Bonet, who played Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show. They were married on November 17, 1987, when they took a vacation to Las Vegas. Lenny was 23, and Lisa was 19. On December 1, 1988, Lisa gave birth their only child, a daughter named Zoe Isabella. Kravitz and Bonet separated in 1991, and their divorce was official in 1993. >>
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  • He produces his own albums and plays most of the instruments himself.
  • His mother is Roxie Roker, who played Helen on the TV show The Jeffersons. She died in 1995.
  • When he started recording, he used the name Romeo Blue.
  • Kravitz is of mixed race. His father is Russian-Jewish NBC TV News reporter Sy Kravitz, his mother was African-American/Cherokee.
  • As a kid, he acted in commercials.
  • Lenny went to high school in the 90210 Zip Code, the school that inspired the show Beverly Hills, 90210. His classmates included Nicolas Cage, Gina Gershon and Slash.
  • Kravitz always had an interest in interior design and would often buy places, redo them, then by another and repeat the process (his house in Miami had '60s retro decor, complete with a white, fur-lined tunnel). In 2003, he started his own company, Kravitz Design, as an outlet for this passion. This way, he could work on designing other people's houses instead of constantly redoing his own.

    Kravitz told Event magazine: "Even as a child, I would pay careful attention to the lights, to how things were positioned in the room."
  • For the sake of simplicity, he doesn't wear underwear.
  • In 2000, he was arrested when he fit the description of a bank robber. He would sometimes leave the house looking like a slob, and that was one of those days. The mishap inspired his tune "Bank Robber Man."
  • He appeared on The Simpsons episode "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation," where along with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello and Brian Setzer, he operates a rock and roll fantasy camp. >>
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  • During their time together at high school Nicolas Cage and Lenny Kravitz were both in a production of Oklahoma. Kravitz was the drummer in the orchestra and Cage the lead actor.
  • When Lenny Kravitz first approached record companies during the early part of his career they dismissed his music as it "wasn't black enough." He told Variety magazine: "I just knew that I was singing and performing my truth. This was a time right after everybody in the music industry was telling me that I couldn't do this sort of thing. I would take my music around to the labels, and I would get the whole 'It's not black enough.'"

    Kravitz added that he was offered deals if he would change his music, but he refused to compromise. "I never took the deal," he said. "I wanted to do my thing. I was living in my car. I had no money. I'm young and in my late teens and who wouldn't take the money, but there was just something inside of me that wouldn't let me do it."
  • During an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Kravitz shared a story about skipping classes at Beverly Hills High School to work on his music.

    "I did what I had to do to graduate," he admitted. "I was playing a lot of music at the time, and I had about five or six music classes as well. I was in every band, every choir, the marching band. In fact, my history teacher, who was so kind to me, let me not come to class and gave me a C - she would tell me, 'Get out of here. Go play your guitar.'"

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  • Frederick from Kofofidua, Africal want ot be a great artist like you and l also want to learn from you so that we could be friends .Am in Ghana
  • Heather from Manitowoc, WiKravitz is a HUGE CART Racing fan...when the ChampCar World Series raced in Miami, he was in attendance to show his support for the series. He was also featured in a supplement magazine to the magazine "Racer" entiltled "Wide Open."
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