Biography

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. 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…"

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."

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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. 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…"

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."

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 34

Birthday 1961-02-24

Place of Birth St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Kasey Lemmons

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2018 Half the Picture as Herself
2015 Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter (1 episode) as Herself
2012 Disconnect as Roberta Washington
2006 Waist Deep as Angry Black Woman
2003 Sisters in Cinema as Herself
2002 Page to Screen: The Silence of the Lambs as Interviewee
1997 Til There Was You as Angenelle
1994 Drop Squad as June Vanderpool
1994 Fear of a Black Hat as Nina Blackburn
1994 ER (1 episode)
1993 Hard Target as Det. Marie Mitchell
1993 Walker, Texas Ranger (1 episode)
1992 Candyman as Bernadette 'Bernie' Walsh
1992 Afterburn as Carol North
1991 The Silence of the Lambs as Ardelia Mapp
1990 The Great Los Angeles Earthquake as Melanie Bryant
1990 The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson as Rachel
1989 A Man Called Hawk (1 episode)
1988 Vampire's Kiss as Jackie
1988 School Daze as Perry
1985 The Equalizer (1 episode)
1984 Murder, She Wrote (1 episode)
1984 The Cosby Show (2 episodes)
1979 11th Victim as Hostage
1964 Another World (257 episodes)

Directing

2020 Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker (4 episodes)Director
2019 Harriet Director
2017 Shots Fired (10 episodes)Director
2016 Marvel's Luke Cage (1 episode)Director
2013 Black Nativity Director
2007 Talk to Me Director
2001 The Caveman's Valentine Director
1998 Dr. Hugo Director
1997 Eve's Bayou Director

Writing

2019 Harriet Screenplay
2013 Black Nativity Screenplay
1998 Dr. Hugo Writer
1997 Eve's Bayou Writer

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