Raven Symone is one of those stars who has grown up on our screens. Raven started her career in show business at the age of two representing the biggest brands, Raven first made her mark on television in The Cosby Show before making a hit with Disney’s “Absolutely Psychic” later renamed That’s So Raven.
Raven has never looked back since and has managed to keep her flag high. In addition to her exploits in the industry, Raven Symone’s sexuality became an important topic of discussion as she grew into adulthood. Follow us as we explore everything there is to know about Raven Symone.
Raven Symone Bio, Parents
Although she is popularly known as Raven Symone, Raven’s birth name is Raven-Symone Christina Pearman. She was born on December 10, 1985, in Atlanta, Georgia, to parents Lydia (Gaulden) and Christopher Pearman who have supported her since day one. Her father defended on at least one occasion statements she had made that were perceived by some to be controversial. The other member of Symone’s family is a brother named Blaize.
Raven started as a model at the age of two by signing with the Ford models in New York. She represented leading brands such as Jell-O, Ritz Crackers, Cool Whip, and Fisher Price. At the age of 3, Raven was confident enough to impress her audience for a role in Bill Cosby’s film “Ghost Da“, but she was denied the role because she was considered too young for that. Nevertheless, she impressed Cosby who created a role for her in her show The Cosby Show where she played the role of Olivia Kendall, the granddaughter of Dr. Cliff Huxtable (played by Cosby).
Raven’s role lasted from the 6th season onwards when she joined the season’s final in 1992. During her first break, Raven gained more visibility and more acting concerts, including a role as a young Halle Berry in the film Queen: The Story of an American Family. Raven’s next role on television was “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper” where she played Nicole Lee. She quickly turned to film and made her debut in “The Little Rascals” (1994), which was moderately successful at the box office.
She got a major role in “Dr. Dolittle” playing the daughter of the titular character played by Eddie Murphy. This film gave rise to a follow-up in 2001 when Raven took over her role. Then came 2002 and Raven made her big breakthrough with Disney’s That’s So Raven. The series broke records as a world premiere and was broadcast for 100 episodes, becoming Disney’s longest series.
While on the hit show, Raven still managed to get other concerts, including roles in movies: The Cheetah Girls, a voice role in Kim Possible, Fat Albert and the television show Fillmore. After That’s So Raven, Raven played in College Road Trip, Revenge of the Bridesmaids (2010), and a handful of vocal roles as well as live video movies.
Raven took a break in 2012 to study fine arts at the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Fine Arts, returning in 2015. In recent years, she has co-hosted The View, appeared on Fox’s Empire and K.C. Undercover.
She is the executive producer of Raven’s Home, a spin-off of That’s so Raven which was created on July 21, 2017.
Raven entered music in 1993, but she didn’t have much success with music until the time of That’s So Raven when she participated in a number of Disney soundtracks. Her latest album to date is his eponymous album released in 2008. She mentioned a 5th studio album in 2014 but the project was canceled.
Net Worth: $55 Million
Raven won a lot from her That’s So Raven concert. For the first season, she received $20,000 per episode, then $35,000 per episode for the second season. The salary kept increasing. Thanks in part to her, Disney made $400 million in income from the series that led her to be named “$400 million girl” by Ebony Magazine which led to speculation that Raven could be worth up to $400 million.
However, Disney’s profit on these revenues was $120 million and Raven would be entitled to a maximum of 30%, which would bring its revenues to about $20 million.
Raven was never married to anyone. However, in 2009, rumors spread that she was related to Jussie Smollett and that she was even pregnant with Smollett as a father. The news also said that Raven had given birth to their child, a girl named Lilliana Pearman. However, it was later confirmed that the rumors were false. Raven has no kids as well.
Raven is a lesbian. Her sexual orientation has long been the subject of much speculation because she did not want to share it with the public. In May 2012, she went on Twitter to explain that her sexual orientation was her own and that the person she was dating was the only one she could know.
At the time, Raven had started a romantic relationship with a model and actress AzMarie Livingston. However, she did not confirm the relationship until 2015, a few months later, they broke up. Raven told Oprah in 2014 that she was attracted to boys and girls from the age of 12.