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Lennis Washington Profession, Notable Works, Personal Life, & More

Lennis Washington is an actress and singer, she is also the mother of a well-known Hollywood actor Denzel Washington. Read further to know a little more about the life of this personality and discover what makes her famous.

Personal Life

Lennis Washington was born in Georgia, United States of America. She married Denzel Washington Sr. and had a son named Denzel Washington with him. The couple however divorced when their son was 14 years old due to differences. Her son Denzel Washington is an actor. She is the mother-in-law of Paulette Pearson.

Lennis worked as a beautician, and she was also a gospel singer. She is also an actor, who has played the role of Mrs. Johnson in the movie ‘Malcolm X’.

Malcolm X (1992)

Malcolm X is a biographical film featuring Lennis Washington as Mrs. Johnson. The movie is based on the legendary African-American activist Malcolm X, it was directed and co-written by Spike Lee. Lennis’ son, Denzil Washington stars in the lead role as Malcolm X. Other notable actors starring in this movie are Angela Bassett, Albert Hall, Delroy Lindo and Af Freeman Jr. Bobby Seal, Rev. Al Sharpton and Nelson Mandela all have a cameo in this movie. This movie received a lot of accolades and nominations from reputed film award organizations.

Her Son Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington is a distinguished Hollywood actor who has been part of the film industry for nearly four decades. He was born on December 28th, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America. His mother, Lennis, was a beautician and a gospel singer. His father, Denzel Washington Sr. was a Pentecostal minister and also worked at New York City Water Department and S. Klein Department Store.

He studied at Pennington Grimes Elementary School, Oakland Military Academy  and graduated from Mainland High School. He pursued his further studies at Fordham University from where he earned a Bachelors of arts in Drama and Journalism. For a brief period, during his college days Denzel took up playing basketball.

He began his television acting career in 1977 and went on to take up several roles in film and series. In 1989, he won an Academy Award for his role in the film ‘Glory’. His notable works include, A Soldier’s Story, Training Day, Malcolm X, Cry Freedom, Fences, Flight and the Tragedy of Macbeth. He is the recipient of several accolades such as two Academy Awards, Three Golden Globe Awards, a Tony Award and Two Silver Bears.

Facts About Lennis Washington and Her Family

  • Lennis Washington’s husband, Denzel Washington Sr. passed away on August 8th, 1991 in Buckingham, Virginia, United States of America.
  • Lennis Washington’s son Denzel Washing was the first ever black actor to win the The Gold Globe Award For Best Actor for his role in the film ‘The Hurricane’.
  • Lennis Washington and her family belong to the Pentecostal Evangelical Church.


Lennis Washington was a simple woman, whose life was centered on God, her son and her career. As a mother, she was caring and loving. She made sure her son would walk down the right oath and become someone who is successful and a role model to many.