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Holly Robinson Peete
Born Holly Elizabeth Robinson Peete
September 18, 1964 (1964-09-18) (age 45)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
United States
Other name(s) Holly Robinson Peete
Occupation Actress
Years active 1969–present
Spouse(s) Rodney Peete (1995–present)

Holly Elizabeth Robinson Peete (born September 18, 1964; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American actress, singer and author.

Her parents, Dolores and Matt Robinson (the original Gordon on Sesame Street), were both actors who moved to Los Angeles, California when she was ten years old. She attended Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, New York where she majored in psychology and French. Her language skills allowed her to spend a year in Paris, France to study at the Sorbonne.

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High school

Peete attended Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, California. "Samohi" was crawling with future Hollywood celebrities when Robinson attended. Chad and Rob Lowe and Charlie Sheen — who played on the baseball team — were among her classmates, along with Junior Thurman and Keith Davis, who would later be teammates of Rodney Peete at USC, before Holly married him.

Career

In 1969, she made her first TV appearance by playing a little girl named Sally on the very first episode of Sesame Street. As an actress, Robinson is probably best known for her television roles on the crime series 21 Jump Street from 1987 to 1991, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper from 1992-1997, in the 1998-2002 comedy series For Your Love and on Like Family from 2003 to 2004. In 1992 she portrayed Diana Ross in The Jacksons: An American Dream. Robinson most recently starred on the UPN comedy Love, Inc.. The show lasted just one season, and was canceled due to the WB/UPN merger.

Robinson has also had a limited career as a singer and recording artist, including the introductory song to 21 Jump Street. She contributed a variety of songs to the soundtrack of the film Howard the Duck. (She appeared as a musician/singer in a minor role in the film.) She recorded the theme song "We Got Our Love" for the 1988 film Three for the Road. She and Dawnn Lewis, along with R&B quartet En Vogue, performed the theme song for Season 1 of Hangin' with Mr. Cooper.

Robinson and her husband currently co-host a talk show on Oprah & Friends Radio. In 2009, she co-starred in the ABC comedy pilot, The Bridget Show. Peete is part of the new cast of The Celebrity Apprentice airing in early 2010.

Personal

On June 10, 1995, Robinson married Rodney Peete, a former National Football League quarterback. He proposed by surprising Holly during an episode of Hangin' with Mr. Cooper. Together, they have four children: Daughter Ryan & son Rodney Jr. (twins born October 19, 1997), son Robinson (August 11, 2002), and son Roman (February 25, 2005). One of their twins, Rodney Jr. (RJ), was diagnosed with autism at age 3.[1]

In 2006, she won the Quills Award, in Sports, for her book Get Your Own Damn Beer, I'm Watching the Game!: A Woman's Guide to Loving Pro Football, Rodale : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck, c2005.ISBN 9781594861635. Peete and her daughter Ryan Elizabeth co-wrote a children's book My Brother Charlie, which was released in March 2010.

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