||July 12, 1969
||Brooklyn, New York
Brother: Lester Jr.,
role of Carla Reese, the sometime
girlfriend of Dr. Peter Benton, on drama
has a tattoo of 'Gypsy' on her arm, a crab on her
abdomen and several tattoos on her back. Originally
billed as Lisa Carson (she began using her full name
professionally in 1995), she was a regular on the
syndicated "The Apollo Comedy Hour" before
making inroads on the big screen in "Let's Get
Bizzee" (1993) and "Jason's Lyric"
(1994). Before finding small screen stardom, she
played the doomed singer who caught the attention of
Denzel Washington's private eye in the underrated
"Devil in a Blue Dress" (1995) and made
impressions as Nia Long's friend in "love jones"
and a conquest of ladies' man Samuel L Jackson in
"Eve's Bayou" (both 1997). Carson next
portrayed Martin Lawrence's girlfriend in the prison
comedy-drama "Life" (1999).