Lisa Thorner: Damon Wayans Ex-wife Biography

Who is Lisa Thorner?

Lisa Thorner is an American who previously worked as an actress and model. She was born in Beverly Hills, California, United States of America.

Lisa Thorner is best known as the ex-wife of actor and comedian Damon Wayans. They got married in 1984. She has four children with Damon Wayans; two sons and two daughters before they divorced in 2000.

Lisa Thorner Biography
Lisa Thorner Biography

Quick Facts

Full NameLisa Thorner
BirthdaySeptember 4, 1960
Age63 years old
Sun SignVirgo
TraitsPositive: Gentle, sympathetic, and charming  
Negative: Obsessive, demanding, and compulsive  
BirthplaceBeverly Hills, California, USA
Currently residingBeverly Hills, California, USA
Height5ft. 6 inches
Marital StatusDivorced
SpouseDaman Wayans (Ex-husband)
ChildrenDamon Wayans Jr. (Son)
Michael Richard Wayans (Son)
Cara Mia Wayans (Daughter)
Kyla Wayans (Daughter)  
ProfessionFormer model and actress
MoviesMy Wife and Kids (2001)
Dance Flick (2009)
Net WorthUSD 20 million

Brief Synopsis

  • She was previously married to famous comedian Damon Wayans.
  • She worked as a model and actor.
  • The couple divorced for unknown reasons.
  • She now lives a retired life in Beverly Hills, California.

Early life

Lisa Thorner is an African American woman born in Beverly Hills, California, United States of America. Not much information is known about her childhood, parents, and family.

She shifted back to her childhood residence after splitting from her long-time spouse, Damon Wayans, in 2000.


Damon Wayans (Lisa Thorner’s Ex-husband)

Damon Wayans is an iconic name in the stand-up comedy world, but he is also a prominent actor, producer, and writer. In addition, he has done a remarkable job in maintaining his family’s legacy, the Wayans family of entertainers.

He has bestowed this legacy to his children. In addition, Wayans has received four Emmy awards nominations for his acting and writing in In Living Color.

Damon Wayans and Lisa Thorner
Damon Wayans and Lisa Thorner

The couple met in 1981, had their first child in 1982, and tied the knot on April 24, 1984. They had three more children later. Damon Wayans filed for divorce in 1999 and finalized in 2000; they went their separate ways.

In the court petition signed by Thorner, she had cited irreconcilable differences as the reason behind their divorce. Three months before Thorner filed the petition, she moved to her childhood home in Beverly Hills, California.

The legal documents later revealed that Thorner had wanted spousal support and joint custody of their four children.

In 2003 Damon Wayans had started dating Charity Duplechan. He had other affairs after this, too, unlike his ex-wife, Lisa, who had chosen to remain single and maintain a secluded and private lifestyle. Damon Wayans was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in 2012. He retired from stand-up comedy in 2015.


Damon Wayans Jr. (Lisa Thorner Son)

On November 18, 1982, is an American actor and comedian. He is the eldest son of Lisa and Damon Wayans.

Lisa Thorner with her son, Damon Wayans Jr.
Lisa Thorner with her son, Damon Wayans Jr.

He has amassed quite the name in the stand-up comedy world by exuberating similar comedic brilliance to his legendary father. He remains very close to both of his parents.

Michael Richard Wayans (Lisa Thorner Son)

Michael Richard Wayans is Damon and Lisa’s second son. He is an actor and film composer but hasn’t found similar fame as his father and elder brother.

He keeps his personal life and his social media accounts private. Mike was born in Los Angeles, California. He made his acting debut when he was 9 in his father’s project, “Blankman.” He also starred in “One Night Stand,” the HBO comedy show.

Michael Wayans with his wife and daughter
Michael Wayans with his wife and daughter

Mike Wayans is in a relationship with the reality TV star Vanessa Simmons and has a daughter with her, Rev Run.

Cara Mia Wayans (Lisa Thorner Daughter)

Cara Mia Wayans is the third child of Damon Wayans and Lisa Thorner. Mia occasionally acted in the projects of her father and uncles. She has starred in the musical comedy “Dance Flick” and some other films.

Although not as extensively as her siblings, she is also involved in showbiz. It is known that Cara is a family-oriented person. She is very close with her parents, two brothers, and sister.

Lisa Thorner and her daughter Cara Mia Wayans

She graduated from Pacific Hills Independent School and then studied at Loyola Marymount University. After completing her education, she worked as Assistant Tour Manager for her father.

She managed and coordinated appearances for Damon Wayans during a national comedy tour and helped talent organize and enhance the material. Her father retired after this final comedy tour.

Kyla Wayans (Lisa Thorner Daughter)

Kyla Wayans is the youngest daughter of Lisa and Damon Wayans. She has starred in My Wife and Kids (2001) alongside her mother.

Kyla is not married, but she reportedly has a daughter named Emma. After giving birth to her daughter, Kyla Wayans led a private life. She has left acting and dedicates her time to raising her little girl.

Current picture of Kyla Wayans
Current picture of Kyla Wayans

Here is the full biography of Kyla Wayans.

Lisa Thorner Career

Lisa Thorner earned her living as an actress and a model. Her primary source of income was modeling. She has minor roles in movies like Dance Flick (2009) and My Wife and Kids (2001).

Lisa Thorner Net worth

After divorcing Damon Wayans, she essentially retired from acting and modeling. She now leads a private life in her Beverley Hills home in California. Her net worth is estimated to be around USD 20 million.


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