Kasi Lemmons

24 Feb 1961

Actor, Director, Writer

Kasi Lemmons (born Karen Lemmons on February 24, 1961 ) is an American film director and actress, most notable for her work on the films Eve's Bayou, The Caveman's Valentine and Talk to Me.(Bergman) Lemmons was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of a poet/psychotherapist mother and a biology teacher father. When Lemmons was eight years old, her parents divorced, and she and her mother and two sisters moved to Newton, Massachusetts. Her mother remarried when she was nine. Her passion for movies came at an early age, but becoming a director was her goal. “I wanted to do something more meaningful than going to auditions…” (Alexander, 255) Lemmons is married to actor and director Vondie Curtis-Hall. They have a son, Henry Hunter (born 1996) , and a daughter, Zora (1999). Lemmons states that her husband is immensely supportive and feels that he is more relaxed than she is. Compared to how he works, she prefers the pressure of working on a set with the actors. As a director and a mother, Lemmons says that it gives her perspective. Her life outside of the movie set and Hollywood has kept her grounded. Though she is a Black woman, Lemmons identifies herself as an artist first and foremost in her career. “…I don’t wake up every day saying I’m a Black woman because it’s too given, but I wake up every day feeling like an artist and I feel I’m an artist.” (Alexander, 271)

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Filmography (12 titles)

(movie, 2013)
···Black Nativity
Genre: Drama
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 2012)
···Disconnect
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Roberta Washington)
(movie, 2007)
···Talk to Me
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 2006)
···Waist Deep
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Angry Black Woman)
(movie, 2001)
···The Caveman's Valentine
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1997)
···Eve's Bayou
Genre: Drama
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 1993)
5.8Hard Target
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Det. Marie Mitchell)
(movie, 1993)
···Fear of a Black Hat
Genre: Comedy, Music
Role: Actor (as Nina Blackburn)
(movie, 1992)
···Candyman
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Bernadette 'Bernie' Walsh)
(movie, 1991)
8.3The Silence of the Lambs
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Ardelia Mapp)
(movie, 1988)
···Vampire's Kiss
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Role: Actor (as Jackie)
(movie, 1988)
···School Daze
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Perry)