Jenifer Lewis is an American actress, singer, and activist. Nicknamed the “Black Mother of Hollywood“, Lewis is known for her portrayals of the matronly figures on the screens like her roles in movies like What’s Love Got to Do With It, Poetic Justice, The Preacher’s Wife, The Brothers, Think Like a Man, Baggage Claim, and The Wedding Ringer.

In this article, we look at the career of Jenifer Lewis, including her net worth.

What is Jenifer Lewis’ Net Worth in 2020? Her Earnings & Salary

According to, Jenifer Lewis has a net worth of $2 million as of June 2020. 

The primary source of her income is her salary as an actress and singer.

After completing her studies, Jenifer moved to the big apple to pursue her acting aspirations. She debuted in a big way in the Broadway production of the musical, Eubie.

She also landed a job as a back-up singer for Bette Midler and in that capacity, appeared in her first TV role in Midler’s HBO specials, Beaches.

Following her early-career breakthrough, Lewis readily found work in such shows as the CBS sitcom, Murphy Brown; the Fox sketch-comedy, In Living Color; the ABC sitcom, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper; and the NBC sitcom, Friends.

She also played Will Smith‘s on-screen aunt in the NBC sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

In 1992, Lewis flanked Whoopi Goldberg in the musical comedy, Sister Act; and played rapper Tupac Shakur‘s mother in the 1993 romantic drama, Poetic Justice.

She played Whitney Houston‘s on-screen mother in 1996’s The Preacher’s Wife; and voiced Mama Odie in the 2009 animated Disney movie, The Princess and the Frog.

Recently, she also played Anthony Anderson‘s character’s mother, Ruby Anderson, in the ABC sitcom, Black-ish.

Following a string or roles where she played the mother or a mother figure, she was affectionately nicknamed the “Black Mother of Hollywood”.

In 2017, Lewis published a memoir titled “The Mother of Black Hollywood “.

Jenifer Lewis: Age, Height, Parents, Education

Jenifer Lewis was born Jenifer Jeanette Lewis, the youngest of seven children born to factory worker Edward James Lewis and a nurse’s aide, Dorothy Lewis.

Born on January 25, 1957, the 63-year-old is a native of Kinloch, Missouri. Jenifer stands at 5 feet 5½ inches (1.66 meters).

Lewis attended the nearby Kinloch High School and was a choir singer at the local church. After her graduation, Lewis attended Webster University in Webster Groves, Missouri.

Is Jenifer Lewis Married? Does She Have Children?

Jenifer Lewis has been married since 2012 to Arnold Byrd.

Despite having the moniker of the “Black Mother of Hollywood” — thanks to her proclivity towards playing maternal characters on-screen — Lewis does not have children of her own — for whatever reason, biological or otherwise.

However, Lewis and her husband Arnold adopted a girl that they named Charmaine Lewis.

Jenifer was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The mental disorder is characterized by fringe mood swings, bordering on extreme elation, and extreme depression.