Keshia Knight Pulliam

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Keshia Knight Pulliam
Born(1979-04-09) April 9, 1979 (age 35)
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
EducationFoxcroft School
Spelman College
OccupationActress
Years active1982–present
Awards2009 : NAACP Image Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (House of Payne)
2010 : NAACP Image Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (House of Payne)
2012 : NAACP Image Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (House of Payne)
Website
www.keshiaknightpulliam.me
 
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Keshia Knight Pulliam
Born(1979-04-09) April 9, 1979 (age 35)
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
EducationFoxcroft School
Spelman College
OccupationActress
Years active1982–present
Awards2009 : NAACP Image Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (House of Payne)
2010 : NAACP Image Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (House of Payne)
2012 : NAACP Image Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (House of Payne)
Website
www.keshiaknightpulliam.me

Keshia Knight Pulliam (born April 9, 1979 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American actress. She is best known for her childhood role as Rudy Huxtable, the youngest child of Cliff and Clair Huxtable on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show (1984–92) and as reformed con artist Miranda Lucas-Payne on the TBS comedy-drama Tyler Perry's House of Payne (2007–12).

Career[edit]

Pulliam became the youngest actress ever to be nominated for an Emmy at age six for best supporting actress. Even before that – at age three – she played "Keshia" on Sesame Street. She also played in the movie "Polly" with Phylicia Rashad. She is ranked at 19 in VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Kid Stars".

Pulliam won a celebrity version of Fear Factor in September 2002. She also won a celebrity version of The Weakest Link, and participated in Celebrity Mole 2: Yucatan. In 2004, she performed in Chingy's music video for "One Call Away". In 2005, she played Darnelle in Beauty Shop with Queen Latifah. Pulliam performed in Donald Gray's play The Man of Her Dreams in the fall of 2006 in St. Louis.[1] In 2008, she joined the cast of Tyler Perry's House of Payne as Miranda, the new wife of Calvin Payne. The role earned her the 2009 and 2010 NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. In 2009, she played Candace "Candy" Washington in the film Madea Goes to Jail.[2] Pulliam appeared in Tank's 2010 music video for his cover of "I Can't Make You Love Me", playing his love interest.

In 2011, commenting on the fact that only white actors had won Golden Globe Awards that year, she said:

I think that there is definitely work to be done. It can always be more diverse. We live in a very multicultural and global society. More needs to be done to increase the representation of all people and really show the world for what it is. It’s not just one color.[3]

In 2013, she was a contestant on the ABC celebrity diving show Splash. She was first to be eliminated.

Personal life[edit]

Keshia Knight Pulliam was born in Newark, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Denise and James Pulliam, Sr., a manager.[4] She has three younger brothers. Pulliam attended Rutgers Preparatory School in Somerset, New Jersey. When The Cosby Show ended its run, her family moved to Virginia, where Pulliam attended the Potomac School in McLean, Virginia and Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Virginia. She received a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Spelman College in 2001.[citation needed] She is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1985Last Dragon, TheThe Last DragonSophia / Natasha Green
2004MotivesLetriceVideo
2005Beauty ShopDarnelle
2005Gospel, TheThe GospelMaya Walker
2008Cuttin Da MustardWendy
2008Death TollMirie
2009Madea Goes to JailCandace Washington

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1984–92Cosby Show, TheThe Cosby ShowRudy HuxtableMain role (177 episodes)
1985Back to Next SaturdayRudy HuxtableMovie
1987Little Match Girl, TheThe Little Match GirlMollyMovie
1987–88Different World, AA Different WorldRudy Huxtable3 episodes
1989PollyPollyMovie
1989Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, AA Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's CourtKarenMovie
1990Polly: Comin' Home!PollyMovie
1990The Earth Day SpecialRudy Huxtable
1997CosbyGuitaristEpisode: "The Return of Charlites"
2002Fear FactorHerselfReality series; one episode
2002What About Your Friends: Weekend GetawayTempleMovie
2004Celebrity Mole: YucatánHerselfReality series
2004Christmas at Water's EdgeLeila TurnerMovie
2007–12Tyler Perry's House of PayneMiranda Lucas PayneMain role (56 episodes)
2010PsychStranjayEpisode: "The Polarizing Express"
2012Mr. Box OfficeVanessa OwensEpisode: "Pilot"
2013SplashHerselfReality series; eliminated in episode 1
2013Guys with KidsBridgetEpisode: "Divorce Party"
2013Love Letter, TheThe Love LetterParkerMovie
2014The Celebrity Apprentice Season 7HerselfReality series

Awards and nominations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Real Talk with Jeanne Roberts EP 107 Segment 1, Keshia Knight Pulliam". YouTube. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ Keshia Knight Pulliam: The Madea Goes to Jail Interview with Kam Williams Kam Williams.com
  3. ^ A.R. Shaw (February 16, 2011). "The Evolution of Keshia Knight Pulliam". Rollingout.com. Retrieved February 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Keshia Knight Pulliam Biography (1979-)". Filmreference.com. April 9, 1979. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 

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