Raven-Symone

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Raven-Symone

Born

12/10/1985, Duluth, Georgia

Birth Name

Raven-Symone Christina Pearman

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Raven-Symoné, Raven Symone, Raven Symon, Raven
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Raven was born in Duluth, Georgia in 1985 to her parents Christopher Pearman and Lydia Gaulden. She also has a brother called Blaize. She went to Webb Bridge Middle School and North Springs High School both in Atlanta. She graduated in 2003. She began her career as a…more

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  • Trivia

    • Raven has two homes, one in L.A., and one in Atlanta, Georgia.

    • In the March 2007 edition of Ebony magazine, Raven was on the cover as "the 400 Million Dollar Woman: Raven-Symone All Grown Up & Flexing Her Brand".

    • She read for the movie Dreamgirls for the part of Effie. She didn't get the part because she was too young.

    • There is a paperdoll of Raven on stardoll.com.

    • Raven speaks on behalf of the National Safe Kids Campaign, a program encouraging home safety for families.

    • She appeared in Belinda's music video, "Ni Freud Ni Tu Mama".

    • While a contestant on The Weakest Link (2000) - she couldn't answer what the "P.O." in "P.O. Box" meant, and answered 100, when asked to give half of 1,000.

    • Raven's first on screen kiss was with Kyle Schmid (he played Derek on The Cheetah Girls).

    • Awards and Nominations:

      - Won a Young Artist Award in 1991.
      - Won the 'Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Series/Special' for the 5th consecutive time in the NAACP Image Awards (2004-2008).
      - Won in the category of 'Best Actor/Actress-turned-Singer' at the 2005 Radio Disney Music Awards.
      - Won the 'Favorite Female TV Star' at the Kids Choice Awards for 2004 and 2005.
      - Won the Kids Choice Awards for 'Best Television Actress' in That's So Raven in 2004.

      - Nominated in the 25th Annual Young Artist Awards for the category 'Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) Leading Young Actress' in That's So Raven.
      - Nominated for 'Favorite TV Actress' in the Kid's Choice Awards 2006.

    • Raven-Symoné will not yield to Hollywood's standard of beauty; she loves her curves.

    • List Entries:

      - #17 in E's 'Most Cutest Child Stars All Grown-up' in 2005.
      - #17 in '50 Most Successful Child Stars'.
      - #28 on Portrait Magazine's 'Top 30 Stars Under 30' in 2007.
      - #84 on VH1's '100 Greatest Kid Stars' in 2005.
      - Included in '40 of the Most Inspiring African-Americans'.
      - #12 on AOL's 'Hottest Music Artists Under 21'.
      - #98 in AIM's '100 Celebs Under 25'.

    • Geometry was Raven's difficult subject in high school.

    • Raven Symone was the top ticket-seller for the Kansas State Fair in 2006.

    • Raven-Symone was on "Disney Channel's Suite New Years Eve" and admitted that she thinks Ricky Ullman is cute.

    • Raven is set to star in the Walt Disney Pictures remake of Adventures in Babysitting with Miley Cyrus.

    • Raven appeared in an anti-bullying commercial on Family Channel in Canada encouraging viewers to "take the pledge".

    • Raven was the first African American Young Woman to have her name used in her own TV show.

    • Raven is professionally known as, both Raven, and Raven-Symoné.

    • Kelly Clarkson thinks that Raven is very nice and talented and has an amazing voice.

    • Raven wants to have her own restaurant someday and would still like to attend culinary school.

    • Raven purchased 7 different copies of Mary Poppins.

    • Raven's very first radio single "That's What Little Girls Are Made Of" was written by Missy Elliot.

    • Raven volunteered for the Drug Awareness Resistance Education Program and Gen. Colin Powell's "Children's First" program.

    • Raven toured with N'Sync to support her CD, Undeniable.

    • Favorites:

      Colours: Purple, Black, Red, Pink
      Subject: Mathmatics
      Things: Mac Lip Gloss, her Babyphat Cell phone, Baby Wipes, Tivo, Incense, Candles, Oils, Juicy Couture, and Heels
      Things to do: Make potpourri, act, sing, dance, go to a friend's house, go swimming, have a sleepover, make crème brule, jet skiing, spending time cooking, and painting
      Games: Scrabble and Boggle
      Food: Pickled Peaches
      Fruits: Mangoes and Bananas
      Snacks: Pickles, Potato Chips, Crème Brule, and Shrimp with Cheese Grits Recipes: Crème Brule, Cajun Gumbo, Sugar Crusted Salmon, Ziti, and Sweet Potato Pie
      TV shows: South Park, That's So Raven, American Chopper, and The Daily Show with John Stewart
      Episode of That's So Raven: 'Out of Control, Country Cousins part 1 and 2'
      Old TV show: All in the Family
      Movies: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Mary Poppins, Pootie Tang, and The Matrix Trilogy
      Artists: Brandy, Alanis Morisette, 50 Cent, Avril Lavigne, and Bjork
      Groups: Boys II Men and Matchbox 20
      Role models: Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson
      Albums: Jagged Little Pill, Tidal, Songs about Jane, Truth Hurts, Tragic Kingdom, and Come Away with Me
      Songs: 'Tragic Kingdom' and 'Ironic'
      Songs from her album This is My Time: Alice and Just Fly Away
      Vacation spot: Palm Springs (California)
      Holiday: her Birthday
      Thing to do when she's not working: Sleep
      Car: Mercedes-Benz ml 55 SUV
      Designer: Prada
      Book: Poems of Passion by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    • Raven is a humanitarian who addresses issues of concern to children.

    • Raven had a huge weight gain after undergoing a bout of depression and overindulging in 2002.

    • Raven sometimes uses David Ijegbulem (her old boyfriend) for inspiration.

    • Raven was a part of the Disney Channel's Circle of Stars which performed the "Circle of Life" for a The Lion King DVD and Disney Mania (Volume 2). The other stars were Kyla Pratt, Hilary Duff, Orlando Brown, Annelise vad der Pol, AJ Trauth, Christy Carlson Romano, and Tahj Mowry.

    • Raven was 3 when she had her first movie audition.

    • In 1993, Raven made her recording debut as the youngest person ever to sign with MCA Records.

    • Raven is part of the Disney music video "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes" with fellow Disney Channel stars Ashley Tisdale, Amy Bruckner, Orlando Brown, Anneliese van der Pol, Ricky Ullman, Brenda Song, Alyson Michalka, Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse, and Kyla Pratt.

    • The TV-movie Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century marked Raven 's first association with Disney Channel.

    • Raven earned her first platinum award for The Cheetah Girls Soundtrack.

    • Songs Played On Screen:

      - 'Life is Beautiful' Go Figure.
      - 'Double Dutch Bus' College Road Trip.
      - 'Bump' Ice Princess.
      - 'True to Your Heart' Ella Enchanted.
      - 'This is My Time' and 'Your Crowning Glory' The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.
      - 'Grazing in the Grass' The Lion King 1 1/2.

    • Raven's first approach to a movie drama was for the TV-movie, For One Night. She was given good reviews from critics.

    • Raven received a key to the city of Winnfield. The city declared December 20th Raven-Symone Day.

    • Raven appeared in the "Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade" in 2003 to great the parade watchers.

    • Raven's salary for That's So Raven in 2002-2003 was $20,000 per episode and in 2003-2006 it was $35,000 per episode.

    • Raven is good friends with, Anneliese van der Pol, Kyle Massey, and Orlando Brown. She relates to them as the 4 Musketeers.
      She is also said to be friends with Lindsay Lohan, Bow Wow, Omarion, Bailon, Sabrina Bryan, Kiely Williams, and Ashley Tisdale.

    • Raven nickname is Rae, which is commonly used on her TV show: That's So Raven.

    • Raven was the captain of her high school step team.

    • The Cheetah Girls were permanently canceled because Raven was doing such a good job on That's So Raven she didn't want to leave it.

    • Raven loves the The Matrix so much that she can say every single line in the movie.

    • Raven has released 4 studio albums: Here's To New Dreams in 1993, Undeniable in 1999, and This Is My Time in 2004 and Raven-Symoné in 2008.

    • Raven stands at 5'6".

    • Raven has 3 pets: Zeus a Conier, Dr. Dolittle a Yorkie, and Czar a Briard.

  • Quotes

    • Raven: (on adding 'producer' to her resume) I got interested in producing because there's a lot of creative decisions I can make, especially for a show that has my name on it.

    • Raven: (about the websites that mock her weight) It hurt the first few times I read them, and then after like, I was like, "Oooh, this makes me want to succeed even more just for you, so you can say even more about me! How about that? My conflict in life is just making sure that I remember that I'm beautiful just the way I am, no matter what size I am. I'm thick and fabulous! I don't care how many haters are out there. I'm absolutely fabulous.

    • Raven: I did have my 22nd birthday party at Tao Las Vegas. There was table dancing, but not by me! I still have my fun, I just do it tastefully. I still have my mama to answer to!

    • Raven: (about her parents' positive influence) I remember how when I first came to Disney, they were talking to me about how to present myself and put my best foot forward. I was like, "Do you know my mother and father? It's okay, I've got this!" My parents were far stricter than the executives ever could be.

    • Raven: My favorite game is Boggle. That's actually how I learned how to spell. I was having a little problem with spelling and Boggle helped me!

    • Raven: There was this one boy I wanted to date so badly. He wouldn't date me, and then he got a girlfriend. I guess I just wasn't supposed to be with him!

    • Raven: I shop when I'm sad. I shop when I'm happy. It just makes me feel good.

    • Raven: We have a fan base that has followed us from the first movie, so in a sense we're like that underground cover group that someone is always watching. I think we'll always be popular no matter who comes after us.

    • Raven: I think that the Cheetah Girls prove that not everybody has to look the same. Not everybody has to be skinny. Some people are comfortable with the way they are and hopefully that's what the Cheetah Girls can promote in girls.

    • Raven: It shows that girls can grow up, and everybody has to take a path, their own way. Even though the dream may be the same, everyone has to take their own road to that dream. We show that with the Cheetah Girls.

    • Raven: I think Cheetah Girls started the whole musical situation, and High School Musical really blew it out of the water. So I wanted to come back and really show that we were kind of the first ones to do it.

    • Raven: Friends help friends make their dreams come true.

    • Raven: Friendship is a give and take. You have to have a strong relationship with your friend and I think you have to offer them something and they have to offer you something and that's to always learn from it.

    • Raven: Learning that life is more important than anything -- meaning you can have the hair color of the season, the purse of the season, or find out somebody else's business, but if you don't know how to take care of yourself as a person, as a young adult, none of that matters.

    • Raven: Don't stress over simple stuff! Everyone makes mistakes. Think of stuff that you can do!

    • Raven: I didn't sign a studio deal with Disney, but I love the projects I've done there and the people. It's been a wonderful experience. I've loved it all, but I had the best time on That's So Raven.

    • Raven: Don't put your all into someone if they treat you like dirt.

    • Raven: Knowing that I make somebody's day better is all that matters at the end of the day.

    • Raven: Guys should treat girls like queens and girls should treat guys like kings.

    • Raven: I have to say acting has one side of my heart and then music has the other side. And if I stop one, I'll have half a heart. I can't live with half a heart, so I like both of them equally.

    • Raven: I want to show girls that they can achieve alot in life if they put their minds to it.

    • Raven: I feel strongly that girls need to hear that no matter what your body type is--whether it's naturally skinny or naturally thicky-thick--what really matters is who you are, what you believe in, what you stand for and how you treat others.

    • Raven: 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.

    • Raven: I think that I do have people that look up to me and watch me on television and see every step that I make. I think it's fabulous and I love it and that's what drives me!

    • Raven: My parents always trusted me and I am very lucky.

Fan Reviews (113)

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • wonderful

    10
    she is the best actress on the disney channel shes so pretty she is the best singer on the disney channel too she can kick all the girls butts in singing. she is so pretty to words big and beautiful. leave raven alone about her weight she looks great the way she is and she will always look great.
  • Raven-Symone is a singer and actress perhaps most famous for her roles as Olivia on "The Cosby Show" and Raven on "That's So Raven." This Atlanta native has been in Showbiz since she was a baby.moreless

    10
    I "so" love Raven!!!!! For one thing, she is one of the most down-to-earth celebrities I can think of. I have never heard of her bashing anyone else or judging people based on their looks. Plus, Raven is very talented, as she can both act and sing very well. As for her weight, I get so sick of hearing people saying she is fat or obese when she is not heavy at all, just not a "stick figure" (gag). In fact, I wouldn't even call her slightly chubby, sometimes, depending on what she is wearing, she looks quite thin. Kudos to Raven for not caring what others think of her, for that, I think she is an outstanding role model for girls of all ages!!! Raven is one of those rare types of people who are both beautiful on the inside and out!moreless
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