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Broadway, Film and Television Star Jenifer Lewis Represents Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
for Its Debut in Hollywood Christmas Parade

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Jenifer Lewis Photo by Alex KalajzichBroadway, film and television star Jenifer Lewis will represent the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens for its debut in the Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 1, 2013.  Lewis, a long-time enthusiast for the Zoo, will ride in the “Dusty Rhino” art car, a vehicle created to call attention to the endangered status of the world's dramatically dwindling rhinoceros population as well as to the symbiotic relationship between species.  "Dusty Rhino" will be followed in the parade by the "Giraffe" art car.  Both vehicles sport dazzling light panels and other spectacular effects and are sponsored by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association.

Ms. Lewis is one of Hollywood's busiest actresses with more than 300 film and TV appearances to her credit.  Her latest movies include Baggage Claim (Fox Searchlight) and two upcoming releases from Sony Pictures: Think Like A Man Too and The Wedding Ringer.  Her uniquely recognizable voice is adored by Disney fans worldwide in animated roles such as "Flo" in Cars and as "Mama Odie" in The Princess and the Frog.  Lewis delivered legendary performances as Tina Turner's mother in What's Love Got to Do With It and in The Preacher's Wife as the mother of Whitney Houston's character.  For director Tyler Perry, Lewis created unforgettable characters in Madea's Family Reunion and Meet the Browns.  Her TV roles have ranged from regular appearances as "Aunt Helen" on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to guest star roles on Friends, Boston Legal and Girlfriends.  For six seasons, she portrayed "Lana Hawkins" on Lifetime's hit series Strong Medicine.  Dusty Rhino Car

The Hollywood Christmas Parade will have a premiere run on Hallmark Channel (between December 10 - 15) along with an encore run on Hallmark Movie Channel the following week. In addition, this year the parade will air on over 350 stations nationwide the weekend of December 22nd. KTLA will air the program on December 20th from 8 to 10pm.

The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, attracting 1.6 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered.   The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, which directly supports rhino conservation, also funds plant and animal exhibits, species conservation, capital projects, and education and community outreach programs at the Zoo.

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