Last updated: 03/25/2008 11:00:00 AM
Birthday: December 10, 1985
Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia
Occupation: Actress, Singer
She began her career as a child model in her native Atlanta, Ga. When the family moved to New York, the prestigious Ford Modeling Agency signed her. In 1989, she auditioned for a part in the feature film "Ghost Dad," starring bill Cosby. Although she was too young for the role, her personality and ability for memorizing lines greatly impressed the casting directors, who brought her to Cosby's attention. After meetings with the writers and producers of "The Cosby Show," as well as with Cosby, she landed the role of Olivia Kendall and made her television debut in 1989.
Olivia Kendall on "The Cosby Show"
Olivia is the acquired daughter from Denise with the matrimony with the young Martin Kendall. Thanks to her sweet face and to her inconceivable liking, Olivia comes gathering favorably in the Huxtable's house from all the family. In some cases, especially to the beginning, she arouses the jealousy of the poor Rudy that seen dispossessed of all those attentions that commonly the families turned her. Olivia is already a very intelligent child, but thanks to her new mama (that follows her in each moment of the day) she learn more things very quickly. She like to be at the center of the attentions and she does all to be so: singing, dancing and demonstrating his precocity counting and reading. Sometimes, with her questions arrive to put in crisis the adults of the Huxtable's house, especially the poor Heathcliff, that always try to invent more absurd things to don't defeat her (some examples are the questions regarding the birth of the children and the race of Santa Claus).
Raven went on to star as 'Nicole' on the top-rated series "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper." Symone made her feature film debut in Penelope Spheeris' "The Little Rascals."
Symone's recording career began at the age of five when she signed a contract with MCA Records. Here's To New Dreams, a mix of R&B, pop and rap, was released containing the single "That's What Little Girls Are Made Of." She has also performed on Broadway, singing with the Boys Choir of Harlem as part of their 25th Anniversary celebration.
At age 12, Symone is widely recognized for her film and television work. She has received several Youth in Film Awards, a NAACP Junior Achievement Award for Excellence in a TV series, and was nominated for a People's Choice Award for Outstanding Young Performer and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a TV series.
Raven has appeared on
"Alvin and the Chipmunks
"Five Decade Salute to Music"
Disney special "The Muppets at Walt Disney World".
Lifetime's "Take your Daughter to Work Special"
ABC's "A Night of Magic", etc.
She was the youngest to host NBC's "Friday Night Videos", and she also hosted NBC's "Saturday Morning Videos".
She was the voice of Goldilocks in the tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears for the HBO animated series "Happily Ever After".
Raven has been a presenter at the "People's Choice Awards", "NAACP Image Awards", "The International Emmys", "Night of a Hundred Stars", Nickelodeon's "Kids Choice Awards", and the "Jim Thorpe Sports Awards".
She was Muhammad Ali's special guest at his 50th birthday celebration (an ABC special). And also represented the world's children in a televised tribute to Dr Seuss.
Raven played Eddie Murphy's daughter in the blockbuster hit "Dr. DoLittle". Raven has dozens of print ads and television commercials to her credit as well. Raven still resides in Atlanta with her parents and her brother BLAIZE, who is also represented by the agency.