|Full Name||Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman-Maday|
|Birthday||December 10, 1985|
|Born||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Spouse||Miranda Maday (m. 2020)|
|Net Worth||$55 Million|
|Social Media||Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube|
Raven-Symoné is a multi-talented actress, singer, songwriter and producer who has been entertaining audiences for over three decades. I‘ve been a devoted fan since her early Disney Channel days! Born on December 10, 1985 in Atlanta, Georgia, Raven‘s lively personality and natural talent as a performer was evident from a very young age.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman was born in Atlanta, Georgia to Lydia Gaulden and Christopher Pearman. She was raised in Atlanta for most of her childhood. Her mother was also an actress and her father a successful singer, so performing arts ran in the family. Raven began her career as a model for print ads and commercials for brands like Cool Whip and Ritz crackers. Her expressive nature soon caught the eye of a producer while on set, who helped land her the role of cute little Olivia Kendall on The Cosby Show in 1989 when she was just 3 years old!
Breakout Role on That‘s So Raven
After landing small roles in shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and movies like Dr. Dolittle alongside Eddie Murphy, Raven got her big break with the lead role of Raven Baxter in the hit Disney Channel show That‘s So Raven in 2003. Her portrayal of the vivacious teenager with psychic abilities trying to navigate high school life was truly memorable. It became one of Disney‘s highest rated shows and cemented Raven as a fan favorite. She won two NAACP Image Awards and two Kids Choice Awards for this role.
The Cheetah Girls and Singing Sensation
In 2003, Raven also starred as Galleria Garibaldi in Disney movie The Cheetah Girls, about a girl group chasing pop stardom. Its massive success spawned two more Cheetah Girls movies and soundtracks that highlighted Raven‘s incredible singing voice. In 2004, she released her debut studio album Here‘s to New Dreams which reached the top spot on Billboard‘s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. This launched her music career and she went on to release three more hit albums over the years.
After That‘s So Raven ended in 2007, Raven took a break from acting. But she made a rocking comeback in 2015 with a recurring role on the hit series Empire alongside Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard. She also reprised her iconic role of Raven Baxter on the sequel series Raven‘s Home which premiered in 2017 and is still running successfully. Raven continues to balance acting roles with a thriving music career, releasing her latest EP The ReIntroduction in 2009 and her fourth studio album The Journey in 2022.
Key Career Highlights and Milestones
1989 – Made TV debut as Olivia Kendall on The Cosby Show at age 3
1993 – Appeared as Nicole on Hangin‘ with Mr. Cooper for two seasons
1998 – Voiced character Monique on animated series The PJs
2003 – Landed breakout lead role in Disney Channel‘s That‘s So Raven
2003 – Starred as Galleria in Disney movie The Cheetah Girls
2004 – Released debut album Here‘s to New Dreams, peaked at #1 on Billboard charts
2007 – Last aired episode of That‘s So Raven
2015 – Made acting comeback with role on hit series Empire
2017 – Reprised role of Raven Baxter on sequel series Raven‘s Home
2022 – Inducted into Disney Legends Hall of Fame
Accolades and Achievements
Over her illustrious career, Raven has won numerous honors including 5 NAACP Image Awards, 2 Kids Choice Awards, Radio Disney Music Award, Teen Choice Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2019. In 2022, she was inducted into the prestigious Disney Legends hall of fame.
Raven is associated with several charities and non-profits. She has worked extensively with PETA on campaigns supporting animal rights and veganism. She has also supported organizations like Love Our Children USA, Stand Up To Cancer, Make-A-Wish Foundation among others.
Personal Life and Interests
Raven married Miranda Maday in an intimate ceremony in 2020. She came out as a lesbian in 2013 and is a proud advocate for LGBTQ rights. Raven enjoys cooking and has said she‘d probably be a chef if not an entertainer! She follows a strict vegan diet. Raven loves doing yoga, SoulCycle and staying active in her free time.
Raven‘s phenomenal journey from a child actress to Hollywood star is truly inspirational. With her lively spirit, humor and endless talent, she continues to win millions of hearts worldwide!