Olivia Lyon
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General Information
Gender: Female
Resides in: New York, New York (formerly)
St. Louis, Missouri
Hair Color: Black
Occupation(s): Hair stylist
Backup singer (formerly)
Family and Friends
Family: Lola Lyon (daughter)
Other Relatives: Cousins in Florida
Relationships: Lucious Lyon (ex-lover)
Jamal Lyon (ex-husband)
Reg (ex-boyfriend)
Additional Information
Empire Chronology
First Appearance: Out, Damned Spot
Portrayer: Raven-Symoné

Olivia Lyon is the ex-wife of Jamal Lyon, the ex-lover of Lucious Lyon and the mother of Lola Lyon. She appeared in the episode Out, Damned Spot and is portrayed by Raven-Symoné.


Season One

Out, Damned Spot

Olivia comes to the headquarters of Empire Entertainment and introduces herself to security as a family friend. She introduces Jamal to her daughter, Lola who she instructs to sing Jamal's new hit song, I Wanna Love You.

Our Dancing Days

Olivia, who now works as a hair stylist drops Lola off at the office and disappears. It is revealed that Olivia was once a backup singer that worked for his father Lucious. Lucious forces the gay Jamal to marry Olivia when he is only 18. According to Jamal, they only have sex one time before they divorce.

Sins of the Father

Olivia is confronted by her boyfriend Reg who demands that she take him to Lola. The two meet with Vernon Turner who agrees to take them to Lola. When they arrive at Lucious' mansion, Jamal picks up on the tension and gets Olivia to admit that Reg has been threatening her. Jamal goes after him and Reg pulls a gun. Olivia admits that Reg has been threatening to kill her and Lola. She needed to keep Lola safe and trusted Jamal would care for her. A jealous Reg is ready to kill Jamal until Lucious reveals that he is actually Lola's father. Lucious and Olivia were sleeping together when he paid her to marry Jamal. Reg is about to shoot Lucious when Malcolm DeVeaux shoots and kills him. The next day, Olivia and Lola bid farewell to the Lyon family. Mother and daughter go to Florida to stay with Olivia's cousin.


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