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Karen Malina White
Born July 7, 1965 (1965-07-07) (age 44)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Actress

Karen Malina White (born in July 7, 1965 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American film and television actress. She played the role of Charmaine Brown on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show, and its spinoff series A Different World.


Personal life

Karen Malina White was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She studied at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts. When she graduated high school, White continued her studies at Howard University where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with cum laude honors. It was in her senior year, that White won Miss Howard University and landed her first role as an actress.

White has a daughter. Contrary to rumors, White is not married to actor Malcolm Jamal-Warner. Warner states, "I'm not married. People probably started saying that because we were [in a relationship] for seven and a half years.


In 1989, White starred in Lean on Me alongside actor Morgan Freeman. She was nominated for the 1990 Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for her performance in the film. During the 90's she made many guest appearances in various television shows. She portrayed Charmaine Brown during Seasons 7 and 8 of The Cosby Show (1990-1992), and Season 6 of A Different World (1992-1993). White also guest starred as Jewel, Jazz's wife in two episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

From 2001-2005, she performed the voice of Dijonay Jones on the animated Disney Channel series The Proud Family.

White has also appeared in various stage productions.


Year Title Role Notes
1980 In Our Lives Jasmine
1989 Lean On Me Kaneesha Carter Young Artist Award (nominated)
A Man Called Hawk Lisa Episode: "Beautiful Are the Stars"
1990–1992 The Cosby Show Charmaine Brown
1992–1993 A Different World
1993 Herman's Head Rene Episode: "There's a Fly Girl In My Soup"
1993–1994 Getting By Yolanda
Roc Michelle Episodes: "The Poker Hand That Rocks the Cradle", "God Bless the Child", & "Citizen Roc" (2)
1993,'96–97 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Florence Episodes: "Father Fairest", "Seoul Shake", "Episode: Will She or Won't She?", "Security", & "The Spa"
1994 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Jewel Robertson Episodes: "The Ol' Ball and Chain" & "Episode: Mother's Day"
1994, 1995 My So-Called Life Abyssinia Churchill Episodes: "Self-Esteem" & "Betrayal"
1995 Me and the Boys Janet Episodes: "The B Word" & "When Stanley Met Shirley"
Chicago Hope Jennifer Koosman Episode: "Hello Goodbye"
The Parent 'Hood Nina Episode: "Track Dreams"
Too Something Episode: "Meter Feeders"
Statistically Speaking Short film
Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored Mary
1996 The Home Court Leslie Episode: "Laborer of Love"
Living Single Shayla Episode: "Woman to Woman"
Dave's World Natalie Episode: "Do You Want To Know A Secret?"
1996–2000 Malcolm & Eddie Nicolette Vandross TV-Movie
2000 Seven Days Tracy Donovan Episode: "Mr Donovan's Neighborhood"
2001–2005 The Proud Family Dijonay Jones (voice)
2002 Jeremiah Rickie Episode: "City of Roses"
2003 The Shield Episode: "Barnstormers"
2004 Boston Public Sonia Williamson Episode: "Chapter Seventy-Eight"
2005 The Proud Family Movie Dijonay Jones Disney Channel TV-Movie
2006 The Ties That Bind Madison Short film


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