Jenifer Lewis got her start in the church choir at the age of five, eventually moving to New York City where she made her debut on Broadway. With TV appearances alongside Bette Midler, who she provided backup vocals for, Lewis would reign throughout the Big Apple developing her nightclub act, The Diva Is Dismissed.
Currently, Lewis stars in the new hit Showtime series, I Love That For You, and her autobiography, The Mother of Black Hollywood, became a national best-seller in 2017. Her follow-up book, Walking in My Joy: In These Streets, is set for release next month on Aug. 30.
Receiving her star on July 15 is perfect timing, considering among her fans the day is known as Jackie Washington Day, which is an ode to her iconic 1999 film Jackie’s Back.