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Raven-Symoné
Birth name Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman
Also known as Raven, Raven-Symoné
Born December 10, 1985 (1985-12-10) (age 24)
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Genres Pop, dance pop, electro pop, hip hop, R&B
Occupations Actress, comedienne, voice actress, singer-songwriter, dancer, television producer, fashion designer, model
Years active 1989–present
Labels MCA (1990–1995)
RayBlaize Records (1996–2001)
Crash Records (1997–2000)
Hollywood (2003–2008)
Universal Motown Republic (2009–present)
Associated acts The Cheetah Girls, Belinda, Anneliese van der Pol, Disney Channel Circle of Stars
Website www.ravensymonepresents.com
www.ravensymoneofficial.com

Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman (born December 10, 1985),[1] known professionally as Raven-Symoné or Raven, is an American actress, comedienne, voice actress, singer-songwriter, fashion designer, television producer, and model. She is best known for her television roles as Olivia Kendall on The Cosby Show, Nicole Lee on Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, Galleria Garibaldi in The Cheetah Girls and The Cheetah Girls 2, and as Raven Baxter on her own show, That's So Raven. Raven has also lent her voice to the animated series Kim Possible, for the character Monique and to a children's show based on different fairy tale stories, Happily Ever After. Raven-Symoné also owns a "how-to" video website, Raven-Symoné Presents.[2] Raven-Symoné is currently lending her voice as the character Iridessa, from the Disney Tinker Bell film franchise.

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Early life

Raven-Symoné was born in Atlanta, Georgia to Lydia (née Gaulden) and Christopher B. Pearman. Raven-Symoné lived in Ossining, New York where she attended Park School.[3][4]

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.

Career

1989-2001: Early roles

In 1989, Raven-Symoné auditioned for a part in the Bill Cosby movie, Ghost Dad. At three years old she was too young for the role, but Bill Cosby liked her so much that he found a part for her on his show, The Cosby Show, as his granddaughter Olivia. Raven-Symoné played the part of Olivia until 1992. She appeared as the younger version of Halle Berry's starring character, a headstrong biracial slave, in the TV movie Queen: The Story of an American Family, based on the book by Alex Haley. Within a year after The Cosby Show ended, she landed the role of Nicole Lee on the show Hangin' with Mr. Cooper. During her time on the show, she had her first big screen role in the movie The Little Rascals, playing Stymie's girlfriend. She was then cast in the Eddie Murphy comedy Dr. Dolittle (1998) and then Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001) as Charisse Dolittle, the oldest daughter of Murphy's character. Meanwhile, she was in Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (1999).

2002-2007: That's So Raven and Cheetah Girls

In 2002, Raven-Symoné auditioned for a role on an up-coming series for the Disney Channel titled Absolutely Psychic, about a teenager with psychic abilities.[5] Initially, she was cast as the best friend, but her role was changed to the lead character Raven Baxter and the series name changed to That's So Raven. The series debuted on January 17, 2003, becoming the Disney Channel's highest-rated and longest-running series. It spawned a franchise including soundtracks, dolls, episode DVDs, and video games. During her time on the show, Raven-Symoné provided the voice of Danielle in Fat Albert and made an appearance in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement both in 2004. In 2005 and 2007, That's So Raven was nominated for Emmy Awards for Outstanding Children's Program. The show also launched the channel's first spin-off, Cory in the House.

In 2003, Raven-Symoné starred as lead singer Galleria Garibaldi in The Cheetah Girls, a Disney Channel Original Movie about four city girls who dream of becoming superstars. The movie was the channel's first musical and was the basis for another franchise, including dolls, video games, platinum-selling soundtracks. and more.[6] In 2006, Raven-Symoné reprised the role in The Cheetah Girls 2. The film and its soundtrack brought in more than 8 million viewers opening night, making it (at the time) Disney Channel's most-watched movie. Its soundtrack debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top 200 and went on to become certified for platinum-level sales by the RIAA. Raven-Symoné served as executive producer of the film.[7]

The Cheetah Girls: One World began production, but Raven-Symoné did not return for another film, citing "territorial issues" and "catfights" on the set of Cheetah Girls 2, which led to a strained friendship with the other three actors.[8] In a later interview, Adrienne Bailon, Sabrina Bryan and Kiely Williams denied the rumors, saying they all get along well.[9]

2008-present: New projects

Raven-Symoné's first leading film role was in as a new college student in College Road Trip (2008), which co-starred Martin Lawrence as her father. The film was #2 opening weekend, grossing $13,601,419. It went on to gross $50,873,923 worldwide. She provides the voice of the light fairy Iridessa in the Disney Fairies direct-to-DVD film series, which includes Tinker Bell, Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, Tinker Bell: A Winter Story and Tinker Bell: A Race Through the Seasons. She appeared in Chris Rock's 2009 documentary Good Hair. She is currently working on a movie called Revenge of the Bridesmaids for ABC Family, which will start filming in April 2010.

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Music

1990-1999: Career development

Raven-Symoné began her singing career at the age of five, when her father signed her to MCA Records. She spent that year and the next taking vocal lessons from Melissa Elliott. Her first album, Here's to New Dreams, was released on June 22, 1993, which spawned two singles: "That's What Little Girls Are Made Of" and "Raven Is the Flavor". "That's What Little Girls Are Made Of" reached #68 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album itself however was not very successful, and she was dropped from MCA Records in 1995.

In 1996, Raven-Symoné and her father founded RayBlaize Records, but she signed a contract with Crash Records the next year, to distribute Undeniable, which was released in May 1999. The album yielded one single: "With a Child's Heart", a remake of a Michael Jackson tune.

2002-2005: First commercial success

Raven-Symoné sang some songs on the That's So Raven soundtrack album, which debuted and peaked at #44 on the Billboard 200 and has been certified Gold by the RIAA for sales of 500,000 copies.[11]

In early 2003, she signed a deal with Hollywood Records, a Disney-owned label. In January 2004, prior to the release of her first album on Hollywood, she released a five-song EP, This Is My Time Advance EP to promote the album. On September 21, 2004, she released the full album This Is My Time, which included the single "Backflip", which received heavy rotation on both Disney Channel, as well on BET and MTV. The album debuted and peaked at #51 on the Billboard 200 selling 19,000 copies in its first week of release and becoming her most successful album. This Is My Time has sold 235,000 copies in the U.S. and 1,235,000 copies worldwide.

In 2005 Raven-Symoné embarked on a mini-concert tour to promote the album. She made guest spots during summer 2005.

Undeniable was bought by TMG Records, who re-released it as From Then Until... in November 2006 with a different track selection. She went on the "This Is My Time Tour", and sang some tracks on the album That's So Raven Too!, which is the second soundtrack album from the series That's So Raven, also released in 2006. The soundtrack debuted and peaked at #44, on the Billboard 200, selling 22,600 copies in its first week.[citation needed] Since then, the soundtrack has sold 200,000 copies (as of 2007). During the tour for the album, Raven-Symoné recorded the show on DVD format on June 25, 2006 in the show house Coliseo Roberto Clemente in Puerto Rico, and additional recordings on July 22, 2006 in Los Angeles, in High Definition.

2007-2009: Raven-Symoné

Her fourth studio album Raven-Symoné was released on April 29, 2008.[12] The album features production by Sean Garrett (Beyoncé), The J.A.M. (Leona Lewis), Knightwritaz, and The Clutch (Timbaland, Ciara). The only single released was "Double Dutch Bus" a remake of Frankie Smith's 1981 funk track. The single was released to radio on February 9, while the video was released on February 18, 2008. The album debuted at #159 on Billboard's Top 200. She planned to headline her first all-arena tour "The Pajama Party Tour" in Spring 2008, to promote her album, but due to what promoters call "unforeseen difficulties" the tour was postponed until further notice.

Also, during the Summer of 2008, Raven-Symoné was the host of Disney's Block Party Tour.[13] During the middle of her 2008 Summer tour, it was officially announced that after completing her 2 CD deal with Hollywood Records, she had decided not to renew her contract.

2009-present

In an interview with Teenmag.com, she announced that in late 2009, she would return to the studio to record her next album.[14] She said that the album will be "R&B, most definitely.....with an alternative base for the lyrics". She said, "It's good to go out there and spread your wings and find new talent and work with people you haven't worked with before. I'd love to find the next Pharrell or the next someone who's coming up and no one really knows yet, At the same time, I'd love to work with the Clutch and the J.A.M. again".[15]

Musical style, records and sellers

Raven-Symoné's music is predominantly R&B and Hip Hop and has included ballads and pop. She co-wrote several songs on This Is My Time and That's So Raven Too!. Her musical influences include Janet Jackson, Brandy, and Madonna. She has her third contract with a major label, MCA Records - the first and only youngest artist who signed with MCA, and Hollywood Records. She has sold more than 6 million records worldwide and is the fourth Disney Channel artist to achieve best-selling albums during the 2000s.

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1994 The Little Rascals Stymie's Girlfriend
1998 Dr. Dolittle Charisse Dolittle
2001 Dr. Dolittle 2
2003 Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time Monique Voice
2004 The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement Princess Asana
Fat Albert Danielle Voice
2005 Kim Possible: So the Drama Monique Voice
2006 Everyone's Hero Marti Brewster Voice
For One Night Briana McCallister
2008 College Road Trip Melanie Porter
Tinker Bell Iridessa Voice
2009 Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure[16] Voice
Good Hair[17] Herself
2010 Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue[18] Iridessa In production
Little Fockers Tamyra
Further Adventures in Babysitting Chris Parker
2011 Tinker Bell: A Winter Story Iridessa In production
2012 Tinker Bell: Race Through the Seasons
TV Films
Year Title Role Channel
1999 Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century Nebula Wade Disney Channel
2003 The Cheetah Girls Galleria "Bubbles" Garibaldi Disney Channel
2004 Zenon: Z3 Nebula Wade Disney Channel
2006 For One Night Brianna McCallister Lifetime Movie
The Cheetah Girls 2 Galleria "Bubbles" Garibaldi Disney Channel
2010 Revenge of the Bridesmaids Abigail aka Abi ABC Family
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1989—1992 The Cosby Show Olivia Kendall Seasons 6–8
1993—1997 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Nicole Lee Seasons 2–5
2002—2007 Kim Possible Monique Voice / Recurring role
2003—2007 That's So Raven Raven Baxter Main Character
Television guest appearances
Year Title Role Notes
1989 Different WorldA Different World Olivia Kendall "Forever Hold Your Peace" (episode 5, season 3)
1990 Muppets at Walt Disney WorldThe Muppets at Walt Disney World Young girl Television special
1992 Fresh Prince of Bel-AirThe Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Claudia "Vying for Attention" (episode 21, season 2)
1993 Blindsided Singer
Queen: The Story of an American Family 5-year-old Queen uncredited
1995 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Olivia/Zoe (voice) "The Princess and the Pauper"
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Goldilocks (voice) "Goldilocks and the Three Bears"
1996 Bill Nye the Science Guy Herself "Human Transportation" (episode 56, season 3)
1997 Space Ghost Coast to Coast Herself "Piledriver" (episode 51)
2001 My Wife and Kids Charmaine
  • "Mom's Away (Part 1)" (episode 1, season 2)
  • "Mom's Away (Part 2)" (episode 2, season 2)
Proud FamilyThe Proud Family Stephanie (voice) "Seven Days of Kwanzaa" (episode 11, season 1)
2002 The Weakest Link Herself (contestant) "NBC All-Stars Editon", Fifth one voted off
2004 Fillmore! Maryanne Greene (voice)
Alexandria Quarry (voice)
  • "Code Name: Electric Haircut" (episode 9, season 2)
2005 Higglytown Heroes Playground Monitor Hero (voice)
  • "Wayne's Ripping Adventure/Meet Eubie's Cousin" (episode 14, season 1)
50 Cutest Child Stars: All Grown Up Herself Listed as cutest child star, #17
2006 Suite Life of Zack and CodyThe Suite Life of Zack and Cody Raven Baxter "That's So Suite Life of Hannah Montana" (episode 20, season 2)
Good Morning America Herself Performing “The Party’s Just Begun” with The Cheetah Girls
2007 Cory in the House Raven Baxter Guest star in "That's So in the House" episode
Live with Regis and Kelly Herself Performing "Friends" with Anneliese Van Der Pol
2008 WrestleMania XXIV Herself Guest announcer
American Dad! Katie
Wife
"Office Spaceman" (Episode 14, Season 3)
"Stanny Slickers II" (Episode 15, Season 3)
Celebrity Family Feud Herself Was the team captain of Team Symoné and competed alongside her mother, brother and her on-screen mother and father from That's So Raven.
Chelsea Lately Herself Talk Show Guest
The Ellen DeGeneres Show Herself Talk Show Guest
The Bonnie Hunt Show Herself Talk Show Guest
2009 The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet Herself Talk Show Guest
Progressive Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular Herself Performing "What Are You Gonna Do?", "In Your Skin", "Keep a Friend", "Some Call It Magic"
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Patti LaBelle Herself Talk Show Guest
The Today Show Herself Talk Show Guest
The Tyra Show Herself Talk Show Guest
2010 The Wendy Williams Show Herself Talk Show Guest

Production

Television
Movie/Show Role
The Cheetah Girls Executive Producer
That's So Raven Season 4 Producer
The Cheetah Girls 2 Co-Executive Producer
College Road Trip Executive Producer

Discography

Studio albums
DVDs
  • 2008: Raven-Symoné Presents
Soundtracks
Concert tours
  • 2006: This Is My Time Tour
  • 2008/2009: Raven-Symoné: Live in Concert Tour[19]

Awards and nominations

Year Result Award Category Nominated Work
1990 Nominated Young Artist Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actress Under Nine Years of Age The Cosby Show
1991 Won Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress The Cosby Show
1993 Nominated Outstanding Actress Under Ten in a Television Series The Cosby Show
1994 Nominated Best Youth Comedian Hangin' With Mr. Cooper
1996 Nominated NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress Hangin' With Mr. Cooper
1999 Nominated Young Star Awards Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Mini-Series/Made for TV Film Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century
2004 Won Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress That's So Raven
Won NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Series/Special That's So Raven
Won Black Reel Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series The Cheetah Girls
Nominated BET Comedy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series That's So Raven
Nominated Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress — Comedy That's So Raven
2005 Won Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress That's So Raven
Won NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Series/Special That's So Raven
Won Radio Disney Music Awards Best Actor/Actress-Turned-Singer
Nominated BET Comedy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series That's So Raven
Nominated Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress — Comedy That's So Raven
Nominated BET Comedy Awards Best Performance in an Animated Theatrical Film Kim Possible: So the Drama
2006 Won NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Series/Special That's So Raven
Won Junior Achievement Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Series/Special That's So Raven
Won Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress — Comedy That's So Raven
Nominated Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress That's So Raven
2007 Won NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Series/Special That's So Raven
Won NAMIC Vision Awards 2007 North Star Award (top award)
Nominated NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series That's So Raven
Nominated Radio Disney Music Awards Favorite TV Star Who Sings
Nominated Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress That's So Raven
2008 Won NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program — Series or Special That's So Raven
Won Outstanding Performance Program That's So Raven
Nominated Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress That's So Raven
Nominated Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer Comedy Movie/Performance College Road Trip
Won Summer Fort Myers Beach Film Festival "Fav Summer Teen Flick Comedy" College Road Trip
2009 Won Trumpet Awards Trumpet Awards Honorees - Pinnacle Award[20]
Won Black Girls Rock Awards '09 "Young, Talented and Black" Raven-Symoné
Raven-Symoné awards and nominations
Award Wins Nominations
Young Artist Awards
1 3
NAACP Image Awards
7 2
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards
2 3
Teen Choice Awards
1 3
Radio Disney Music Awards
1 1
BET Comedy Awards
2
Totals
Awards won 20
Nominations 40

References

External links


Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Raven Symoné (born Raven Symoné Christina Pearman on December 10, 1985, in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American actress, R&B and pop singer, songwriter, dancer, and producer. She is professionally known as Raven and Raven-Symoné. "Symoné" is always pronounced without the accent at the end, despite the spelling.

Out of Character

Talking about her life and album (This Is My Time album)

  • "My fans know I love my cheese grits with shrimp, and I'm not giving them up to be a size 2. They know I wear a weave to make my hair look right and I don't always look glamorous all the time. I don't even worry about that type of stuff that much. You're not going to see me with clothes that just let everything hang out. And it's not because of my size, but because it's just not me."
  • "I love to sing. With this album, I'm just trying to be who I really am. This is my time."
  • "Though acting came first, I love to sing,"

"At five, I told my dad I wanted to do my own album."

  • "I didn't want to be limited to just one genre."
  • "I asked the label executives, 'Why can't I sing everything?'"
  • "I've always written poetry but never had the courage to really express myself until now."
  • "It's not necessary to flaunt your body or talk nasty"
  • "If you just give a look or a hand gesture, you can catch whoever you want to catch. Your personality, the way you portray yourself, what you say, being intelligent; that's what 'Mystify' is about."
  • "With my earlier albums, I was too young to understand that the writing is the most important part of expressing yourself. With this album I get the chance to express what I have to say."

That's So Raven - In Character

  • Ya lil' nasty!
  • Wait... I think I'm Getting Something!
  • Loca, Get The Stuff!
  • And Chelsea, that would be bringing it up!
  • Chelsea... Chelsea... Your Foot!
  • Oh Snap!
  • I'm Okay!
  • [in Russian accent] Oh snapski.
  • No, Chels, you have to overstretch it because when you let go, it's gonna snap back into shape. OK, let go!
  • Thanks for the newsflash, Chels.
  • [throws bookbag to Eddie] Heads up.
  • [while making wig for 70s night] You know 'cause he ditched us. And all the girls

are like "Ooh Eddie, you so cute. Ooh Eddie, you so rich! Oooh Eddie, you so psychic!! Oooh Eddie you got the prettiest little eyes...!!!"[starts wigging out]

  • HUSH!...ski? Hushski, Hushhushski, that is my dog. He is a Siberian Polar Poodle.
  • While I guess it's time for me to go around the cornerrr!
  • [talking to Loca and Muffy] No, I wanted to get rid of you!
  • Okay, for the next 20 minutes, that office, is mine.
  • That's not my heart, Chels, somebody is throwing a ball against my...face. You stay right there, you little nasty! [goes downstairs to give ball back to Sierra]
  • You know, I'm sorry I've been acting weird lately. I just want you to know I'm a kind, loving, completely normal...[has a vision]...oh snap, you little nasty!
  • [to Sierra] Thanks, you're not so bad of a nasty yourself.
  • Yeah, and my foot is like a pendulum. It will keep SWINGING!
  • You're Stone Cold Busted!
  • [to Donna Cabonna] YES, 24-7!
  • True, true. I didn't like you when you walked in the door. "WACKA WACKA WACKA!"
  • [just cheated on HOOK UP MY SPACE! and camera just zoomed in on Raven] Hey, America, How yall doin'.
  • Yes, I do. It's time to HOOK UP MY SPACE!
  • Now that is ridiculous. I mean, who would watch a show about a teen psychic?
  • I saw the future and it was HUGE! It was like attack of the giant booties. I'm talking about a lotta junk in the trunk comin'
  • HEY! Are yall spying on my dream? I'm angry, I'm awake, and I'm coming to getcha!
  • Scratching on the turntables! I mean, Whiskers was like "mickehmickehmeowmickehmickehmeow!"
  • Let's get to work, Biscuithead.
  • So I have these occasional visions that may or may not come true. [to Nikki Logan]
  • Turkey leg or turkey leg...where for out though turkey leg (takes bite) In my stomache turkey leg
  • Did you just through this blanket in me when i was just sittin' here chillin'?

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