Flashback Friday: Jenifer Lewis

Don't call it a comeback, Jenifer Lewis isn't returning to the silver screen with her role in "The Princess and the Frog," the hardworking actress never actually left. You may remember her from the cult-classic "Jackie's Back," where she played a witty high-powered super diva or her unforgettable role as Zelma Bullock in Tina Turner's biopic, "What's Love Got To Do With It," which she calls, "her greatest role." Now, Lewis is lending her vocals to Mama Odie, a toothless 200-year-old fairy Godmother in Disney's first animated movie starring a Black princess. ESSENCE.COM caught up with the refreshingly down-to-earth actress who shares her feelings on the controversy surrounding the film, what we can all learn from her character Mama Odie, and her fun heydays in other successful flicks.


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