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Jenifer Lewis (born 25 January 1957; age 64) is an American actress, perhaps best known for her portrayals of strong-willed, matronly characters, who portrayed the Interpretor in the "Captain Sulu Adventures" audio novel Envoy.
She started out as one of Bette Midler's back-up-singing "Harlettes" prior to acting.
Her film roles include parts in Sister Act (with Whoopi Goldberg), What's Love Got to Do with It?, and The Preacher's Wife. From 2000 to 2006, she played Lana Hawkins on TV's Strong Medicine.