Raven Symone is a very popular American actress and a singer who got famous through her work in The Cosby Show and in her own series named “That’s So Raven”.
She had also starred in a very popular comedy movie titled Dr. Dolittle and its sequel named Dr. Dolittle 2, but in many more popular movies too.
She is also known as a good singer and had released several albums some of which went very high on charts. She was especially popular as a part of a music group called The Cheetah Girls.
She has a lot of nicknames: Raven, Rave, Rae are just some of them. She doesnt mind being called by any of them.
She was born as Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman on December 10, 1985, in a very populous city of Atlanta, which us the capital of Georgia, one of the states in the United States.
She was born into a loving family, with her parents Lydia and Christopher Pearman always protecting and taking care of her and her younger brother named Blaize.
She was very close to her brother from the very day he was born and she protected him later on. After he had grown up he gave her back the same attention.
She was only an infant when her parents enrolled her into a modeling agency called “Young Faces Inc.”.
At the age of two, she started working with one of the most popular American International, modeling agency called Ford Models which had its headquarters in New York City.
She has appeared in many commercials for various companies and advertising items like Ritz Crackers and Cool Whip.
Her parents decided to move to New York, to a village in Westchester County named Ossining.
She was a pupil at Ossining’s Park School and later at Webb Bridge Middle School. She graduated in 2004, from North Springs High School. She was a fairly good student and was interesting in a lot of school subjects, especially art classes.
She always loved listening to music and sing along so she became quite good on it and was one of the best vocals in her music class.
In 1989, when she was only 4 years old, she went to an audition for Ghost Dad, a fantasy comedy film with Bill Cosby, in the main role.
Since she was really too young she wasn’t good for this role but Bill Cosby was so impressed by her that he decided to give her a role in his own show.
The Cosby Show, one of the most popular TV shows in America, was aired from 1984 to 1992. Raven had the role of Bill’s granddaughter Olivia in the sixth season and she stayed in the show until the end of the show.
This role made her very recognizable since it was one of the most popular comedy family series in America at that time.
After leaving this shows she appeared in a TV movie called “Queen: The Story of An American Family”.
The miniseries based on Alex Haley’s and David Stevens’ book was aired on CBS in 1993 and Halle Berry in the lead role. Raven stared as the young Halle Berry in it and was praised for her genuine performance.
In 1992, she has signed a contract with a record label titled MCA Records and that was the start of her singing career.
She began taking lessons from a popular American singer Missy Elliott, and one year later her debut album came out.
It was titled “Here’s to New Dreams”. The album had two lead singles: “That’s What Little Girls Are Made Of” and another one called “Raven us the Flavor”.
The first one entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart on No. 68. No matter the success of the single, the album was not successful and didn’t prolong ber contract with MCA Records. They decided to release her from their label in 1995.
In 1993 he joined the crew of another TV show called “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper” which was aired from 1992 to 1997. She gained the role of a character named Nicole Lee and she starred here until the end of the show in 1997.
In 1994 she entered the audition for her first movie. She gained a role in a family comedy movie titled “The Little Rascals”. It is an American family comedy movie which was produced by Amblin Entertainment.
It was released by Universal Pictures and was a success with $68 million earnings.
In 1996 her family launched their own record label called “Ray Blaze Records” for the release of her new album, second in a row. It was named “Undeniable” and it was released in spring 1999.
The main single of the album was “With A Child’s Heart”, a remake of a hit performed by Stevie Wonder.
Raven went on tours where she was an opening act for a boy band named NSYNC in 1999. She was very proud because of it and it really helped her launch her career because this boy band was a major hit in the United States at that time.
In 1998, she gained a very big role in a super popular comedy named “Dr. Dolittle”. She played the role of a daughter of the main character which starred Eddie Murphy.
This movie was a high-grossing movie that earned almost $300 million and it brought her a huge amount of money.
Also in 1998, she made her first Disney production movie with the role of Nebula in a movie called “Zenon: Girl of the 21st century” based on the same-named book.
In 2001 she joined the cast of “Dr. Dolittle 2” where she continued acting Dr. Dolittle’s daughter Charisse. This was also a very successful movie which brought her more publicity.
In 2001 she had also been a part of the cast of another series which aired on ABC from 2011 until 2005. under the title “My Wife and Kids”.
This American sitcom was produced by Touchstone Television and it starred Damon Wayans in the role of Michael Kyle, the head of a slightly dysfunctional family.
She loved working on this show because it has really made her laugh.
In 2002 she gave her voice to a role of Monique in an animated series called “Kim Possible”.
She was also cast in the two movies connected to the animated series named “Kim Possible: A Stitch in Time” and “Kim Possible: So the Drama”.
She went to an audition for a role in a series which was gonna be called “Absolutely Psychic” but she was so good in the audition that they gave her the lead role.
The name of the series also changed into “That’s So Raven”. The series aired from 2003 until 2007 and it was extremely popular.
It had very high ratings and Raven became extremely popular too. It brought huge attention to her with a lot of other items released: DVDs, video games and dolls.
Raven became very rich and famous. This series received a nomination for an Emmy Award, in the category of Outstanding Children Program.
Ultimately, this series made for Disney was the first series on that channel to have 100 episodes.
The following series named “Cory in the House” was a spin-off of this series. This series was aired from 2007 until 2008 and it was aired on Disney Channel.
During the time she appeared in “That’s So Raven” she continued making music.
She sang a song named “Superstition”, originally performed by Stevie Wonder, made for a movie “The Haunted Mansion”.
This was a supernatural horror comedy which was directed by Rob Minkoff and has been made upon the amusement park Disney had and owned.
She has also signed a contract with a record label named “Hollywood Records” which was owned by Disney Channel. They have invested in her musical career.
The soundtrack album for this movie called “The Cheetah Girls” was a huge success and was produced by Whitney Houston.
The album was sold in over 2 million copies in the United States so it was double platinum-certified.
The album came into Top 50 Billboard albums in 2004 and it grossed her a huge amount of money.
She has released an EP which was supposed to promote her forthcoming album but it was released in just a few copies so today it is rare.
Her 3rd studio album came in 2004 and it was titled “Thus is My Time”. It came to No. 10 of the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
The album was successful and some of her songs made it to soundtracks of other Disney movies like “The Lion King 1/2”, “Ice Princess” and more.
Raven also made music for the soundtrack of her own series called “That’s So Raven”. It was certified gold and was sold very well throughout the United States.
In 2003 she became the lead singer of “The Cheetah Girls”, a very popular Disney girl group who starred in the same-named series which was later certified platinum.
This popular girl group has consisted of Sabrina Bryan, Kiely Williams, Adrienne Bailon, and Raven.
The girls had been very close in the beginning but later on they started being jealous at each other and it caused problems both on the stage where they performed live music and on the film set.
In 2004 she gave her voice to a character in an animated comedy movie called “Fat Albert”. She also starred in The Princess Diaries 2 where she sang a song alongside Julie Andrews.
She reprised her role in Zenon: Z3, an original movie aired on Disney Channel.
Zenon: Z3 was based on a book titled “Zenon: Girl of the Twenty-First Century” and the movie was directed by Steve Rash.
In 2006 she gained a role in a film named “For One Night” which was made after a true story. She continued staring in the sequel called “The Cheetah Girls 2” and was also the executive producer of the movie.
The same year she gave her voice to a character in a 20th century Fox sports comedy called “Everyone’s Hero”. This was a sports comedy movie released in 2006.
She has also made music for a “That’s So Raven Too!” with all songs written and sang by her. She was very proud of her accomplishments and was started taking more seriously for her writing.
The soundtrack of “The Cheetah Girls 2” was certified platinum after selling more than one million copies. It was a huge success that brought her fame worldwide and increased her net worth very much.
Her 3rd album called “This Is My Time” which was released in 2004 was so successful that it made her record label to release it again in 2006 under the new name “From Then Until”.
In 2008 she was going to return to “The Cheetah Girls: One World” but in the end changed her mind because of a conflict with the other three actors in the movie.
It seems that some of them were unsatisfied by their position in the group and wanted it to change.
Raven got her first lead role in a comedy called “College Road Trip” with Martin Lawrence as her father. The movie was a huge hit.
In 2008 she has released her 4th album named simply “Raven-Symoné” and it was produced by Leona Lewis, Timbaland, and Ciara. She went on a 2008 Summer tour which turned out to be a success.
She gives her voice to a fairy named Iridessa in the franchise of Disney movies.
In 2010 she appeared un a family movie made by ABC titled “Revenge of the Bridesmaids”. She also co-starred Demi Lovato un “Sonny with a Chance” Disney series. The two of them became very close since they have both loved to sing and they have written their own songs.
In 2011, she gained a role in a TV series called “State of Georgia”, also aired on ABC, but it was canceled the same year. This is an American television sitcom with Majandra Delfino and Loretta Devine in the lead roles alongside Raven Symone.
She appeared on Broadway for the first time in a musical called “Sister Act”. She liked this experience very much and was happy that she had been given the chance to play a role in the famous Broadway.
In 2013 she had a small role in a popular American series “See Dad Run”.
In 2015 she guest appeared in a known TV series “Empire” which aired on Fox. She was also a part of the crew of the series “K. C. Undercover” by Disney Channel.
The same year she entered a comedy series called “Black-ish” which aired on ABC. This wss produced by Barros and soon became a hit.
She became a host of ABC’s show called “The View” where she replaced Rosie O’Donnell. She became very popular and the show had good ratings.
Raven also appeared in a movie called “Girl like Grace”. In 2016 she has left her place of the host in “The View” to commit to “Raven’s Home”, a spin-off the “I’m So Raven” series which aired in 2017.
In 2013 she entered the Academy of Art University, located in San Francisco in California to get a degree in fine arts. She finished it in 2018.
Raven stated that she always felt a part of her was missing because she didn’t complete her education the way she intended.
She has confirmed her homosexual orientation in 2014 in the “Oprah Winfrey” but later expressed herself as bisexual.
She was in a relationship with Az Marie Livingston known from “America’s Next Top Model: British Invasion”. They were together for 3 years and ended their relationship in 2015.
In 2016 she stated that she is a lesbian, not bisexual.
She dated Jonathan McDaniel from 2003 until 2007. He was also an actor on “That’s So Raven” and they have met on the set of the series.
In 2007 she began her relationship with Jussie Smollett, an actor from Brasil
She loves to cook and wants to enter a culinary school. She was always passionate about cooking and liked to surprise her family and friends with a delicious meal.
She also likes to play scrabble a lot. She likes all family board games because they make her laugh and remember her the importance of family gatherings.
Full name: Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman
Date of birth: December 10, 1985
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Profession: actor, singer, host, songwriter
Height: 157 cm
Weight: 58 kg
Net Worth: $55 million