‘A Different World’ Cast Now: Inside the Lives of the Iconic Show’s Actors
The mid-1980s sitcom “The Bill Cosby Show” became such a successful hit that it gave birth to an even more impactful spin-off, “A Different World,” in 1987, which centers around a black girl who befriends a white girl in a fictional historically black college.
Whitley is joined by her friend and roommate Dwayne Wayne and Maggie Lauten in Hillman College. The show successfully delves into critical issues among the students, including race and equal rights. After over three decades, the cast continues thriving in the acting and film industry.
The show’s original lead role was Denise Huxtable, played by Lisa Bonet; however, the actress had to exit the show after appearing for one season when she got pregnant with her celebrity daughter, Zoe Kravitz. The writers moved the spotlight to the Southern Belle, Whitley Gilbert.