Keeping Up with the Kravitzes: How a Star-Studded Family Rose to Fame

Famous Beginnings

Born in 1964, Lenny Kravitz is the only child of Sy Kravitz and Roxie Roker. As a biracial child in an interfaith marriage in the ‘60s, Lenny was the target of several prejudicial remarks. The singer was no stranger to the entertainment industry. His father, Sy, is a TV producer and his mother Roxie played Helen Willis on the widely popular sitcom The Jeffersons.


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When the Kravitz family moved to Hollywood for Roxie’s acting career, Lenny fell in love with music. He quickly joined the California Boys Choir and learned to play several different instruments on the side. After graduating from high school in 1982, Lenny hit the road running. Going by the name “Romeo Blue,” Lenny tried to make it in the music industry.