Born in Atlanta, Georgia on December 10, 1985, Raven-Symone’ Christina Pearman moved with her family to New York City while still a toddler.
By the age of two she had already been signed by the Ford Modeling Agency, and she soon started doing TV ads for everything from Cool Whip to Fisher Price toys to Ritz crackers to Jello.
Not long thereafter she would join Jello pitchman Bill Cosby on his popular, Emmy-winning sitcom, worming her way into America’s heart as adorable Olivia.
She subsequently appeared on such series as “The Fresh Prince,” “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper,” “My Wife and Kids” and “The Cheetah Girls” before landing her own show on the Disney Channel, “That’s So Raven.”
She made her big screen debut in 1994 as Stymie’s girlfriend in The Little Rascals, followed by well-received performances in “Dr. Dolittle 1 & 2” and “The Princess Diaries 2.” Singing since she was 4, Raven has also enjoyed quite a musical career, releasing her first CD, “Here’s to New Dreams,” in 1993. And she is currently working on her fourth album which is scheduled to drop sometime this Spring.
Among her many accolades are seven NAACP Image Awards, including a couple just this year for “That’s So Raven.” The former child star deserves to be commended for avoiding the host of woes which have befallen so many of her kiddie colleagues en route to adulthood, such as her ex-roommate Lindsay Lohan and misfit mom Britney Spears.
Raven talks about her new movie, “College Road Trip,” a family comedy where, opposite Martin Lawrence, she plays the teenage daughter of an overprotective police chief.
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