Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman also known mononymously as Raven, is an American actress, singer, and one the Greatest Child Stars of All Time.
Raven-Symoné was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Lydia (Gaulden) and Christopher Pearman. She has a younger brother, Blaize. As an infant, she worked for Atlanta’s Young Faces Inc. Modeling Agency and was featured in local print advertisements. At age two, she worked with Ford Models in New York City and appeared in ads for Ritz crackers, Jell-O, Fisher-Price, and Cool Whip. At age three, her family moved to Ossining, New York where she attended Park School.
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Raven-Symoné began her career as a child actress, appearing as Olivia Kendall on The Cosby Show (1989–1992) and Nicole Lee on Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper (1993–1997), both of which earned her a number of awards and nominations. As a teenager, she starred as Raven Baxter on the Disney Channel television series That’s So Raven (2003–2007), for which she was nominated for numerous accolades. Since 2017, Raven-Symoné has reprised her role as Raven Baxter on Raven’s Home, for which she was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in Children’s Programming.
Her film credits include Dr. Dolittle (1998), Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001), College Road Trip (2008), and The Princess Diaries 2, which were all box office successes. Her television film credits include Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (1999), The Cheetah Girls(2003), its sequel The Cheetah Girls 2 (2006), For One Night (2006), and Revenge of the Bridesmaids (2010). Raven-Symoné has also lent her voice to the animated series Kim Possible for the character Monique, and films such as Tinker Bell (2008).