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Cracking Up... LENNY KRAVITZ

Cracking Up Lenny Kravitz -- We get the dirt on the headbobbing singer

Parentage Dad was Jewish TV news producer Sy Kravitz; mom was actress Roxie Roker, best known as wife Helen Willis on The Jeffersons. In 1975 Roker and white actor Franklin Cover (playing Tom) became the first interracial married couple on prime-time TV.

Alma Mater Beverly Hills High School (Class of '82), home to such famous alumni as Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, David Schwimmer, Alicia Silverstone, and Gina Gershon, along with Kravitz's own classmate Slash.

Paramours Past Cosby kid Lisa Bonet (wife from 1987 to 1993, and mother of daughter Zoë). Also linked to Johnny Depp's current love, Vanessa Paradis; Australian chanteuse Natalie Imbruglia; Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman; and model Adriana Lima, who wears very little to very great effect in Victoria's Secret catalogues.

First Job At a soul-food fish market in L.A., according to Accessmag.com. ''They call it 'You Buy It, We Fry It,''' he said. ''You go and pick up the raw fish that are sitting there in cases...you cut it up, you gut it, put the cornmeal on and you deep-fry it.''

Are You Gonna Go My Way? Lenny owns homes in NYC, New Orleans, the Bahamas, and Miami, where he also owns a nascent design studio.

Rolling Stoned Kravitz reportedly once shared with the Croatian magazine Gloria that for a year he kept a joint he had puffed with Mick Jagger as a keepsake of the man he idolized. Alas, one night, need outranked nostalgia and the souvenir went up in smoke: ''At one point I had no grass at home, so I smoked the rest of [it],'' he said.

Why We're Telling You All This Now Lenny will be touring with Aerosmith, playing 16 shows — three at casinos — between Oct. 30 and Dec. 10 (venues can be found at www.lennykravitz.com).

Originally posted Oct 28, 2005 Published in issue #848 Nov 04, 2005 Order article reprints
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