- NAME: Raven-Symoné
- OCCUPATION: Film Actress, Theater Actress, Television Actress, Singer
- BIRTH DATE: December 10, 1985 (Age: 27)
- Did You Know?: In 1993, Raven-Simoné became the youngest artist to sign with MCA Records.
- Did You Know?: That's So Raven, on which Raven-Symoné starred from 2003 to 2007, was the Disney Channel's first original series to reach 100 episodes.
- EDUCATION: North Springs High School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Atlanta, Georgia
- Full Name: Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman
- AKA: Raven-Symoné
- AKA: Raven-Symone
- AKA: Raven Symone
- ZODIAC SIGN: Sagittarius
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Actress/singer Raven-Symoné successfully transitioned from a child actor on The Cosby Show to more mature roles on television, film and stage. She's known as the star of both Disney's That's So Raven and Broadway's 2013 adaptation of Sister Act.
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Raven-Symoné's time on That's So Raven marked the beginning of her career as a highly regarded performer. The show premiered to rave reviews and high ratings in 2003—setting the tone for other Disney stars who used the network as a launching pad for their careers, including Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez—and had garnered several honors, including two Emmy Award nominations, by the time it ended in 2007. Additionally,
That's So Raven was the network's first original series to reach 100 episodes.
Raven-Symoné worked on other projects with Disney while That's So Raven ran its course. She played a supporting role in the Disney film The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004) alongside actress Anne Hathaway, and starred in the made-for-TV films The Cheetah Girls (2003) and The Cheetah Girls 2 (2006), among other parts. Her work as one-fourth of the all-girl group the Cheetah Girls revived Raven-Symoné's music career; she signed a recording contract with Hollywood Records, owned by Disney. Though Raven-Symoné's R&B-infused 2004 album, This Is My Time, greatly surpassed her debut studio release, it failed to achieve much critical or commercial acclaim, peaking at No. 51 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Following the finalé of That's So Raven in 2007, Raven-Symoné's acting career began to slow down. In 2008, she starred with Martin Lawrence in College Road Trip, which premiered at No. 2 at the box office, and—keeping her family friendly image intact—began doing voiceover work for Disney's Tinker Bell video series.
In 2011, Raven-Symoné appeared in her most mature TV role yet, starring as Georgia Chamberlain on the series State of Georgia. Though the show looked promising for the young actress, it was canceled after only one season. Raven-Symoné went on to make a dramatic change in her career, transitioning from the screen to the stage. She made her Broadway debut as Deloris Van Cartier—a part originally played by Whoopi Goldberg—in the 2013 stage adaptation of Sister Act.
Raven-Symoné's personal life has remained out of the public eye for years, though the actress has spent the majority of her life in front of the camera. When The National Enquirer reported that Raven-Symoné had moved in with openly gay model AzMarie Livingston, the actress addressed the rumors on her Twitter page, writing: "I'm living my PERSONAL life the way I'm happiest. I'm not one, in my 25 year career to disclose who I'm dating. and I shall not start now. My sexual orientation is mine, and the person I'm datings (sic) to know. I'm not one for a public display of my life."
Raven-Symoné made headlines for her personal life once again in 2013, when, after the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act was announced, she tweeted: "I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you." Afterward, she released a public statement to E! News, saying, "I am very happy that gay marriage is opening up around the country and is being accepted. I was excited to hear today that more states legalized gay marriage. I, however, am not currently getting married, but it is great to know I can now, should I wish to."
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