Keshia Knight Pulliam

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Keshia Knight Pulliam
Born (1979-04-09) April 9, 1979 (age 39)
Residence Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Education Spelman College
Years active1982–present
Known for Rudy Huxtable in The Cosby Show
Ed Hartwell
(m. 2016;div. 2018)

Keshia Knight Pulliam (born April 9, 1979) [1] is an American actress. She is known for her childhood role as Rudy Huxtable, the youngest child of Cliff and Clair Huxtable at just the age of 5 to 13, on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show (1984–92) and as Miranda Lucas-Payne on the TBS comedy-drama Tyler Perry's House of Payne (2007–12).

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Comedy-drama genre of theatre, film, and television

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In 1986, Knight Pulliam became the youngest actress to be nominated for an Emmy Award, [2] receiving a nomination at age six for Outstanding Supporting Actress in A Comedy Series. She made her professional debut at nine months old, in a national print advertisement for Johnson & Johnson baby products. [3] She continued working, appearing in television commercials and TV shows, and making her feature-film debut [2] in The Last Dragon (1985). [3] At age three, she played Keshia on Sesame Street . [2] She also appeared in the movies "Polly" and its sequel "Polly Comin' Home" with Phylicia Rashad. She is ranked at No. 19 in VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Kid Stars".[ citation needed ]

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This is a list of winners and nominees of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. In early Primetime Emmy Award ceremonies, the supporting categories were not always genre, or even gender, specific. Beginning with the 22nd Primetime Emmy Awards, supporting actresses in comedy have competed alone. However, these comedic performances often included actors from miniseries, telefilms, and guest performers competing against main cast competitors. Such instances are marked below:

Johnson & Johnson U.S multinational medical devices, pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods manufacturer

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Knight 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 appeared in Chingy's music video for "One Call Away". In 2005, she played Darnelle in Beauty Shop with Queen Latifah. Knight Pulliam performed in Donald Gray's play The Man of Her Dreams in the fall of 2006 in St. Louis. [4] 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 . [5] Knight Pulliam appeared in Tank's 2010 music video for his cover of "I Can't Make You Love Me", playing his love interest.

<i>Fear Factor</i> television program

Fear Factor is an American stunt/dare game show that originally aired on NBC from 2001 to 2006. It was later revived by NBC in 2011, only to be cancelled again in 2012. The show was revived a second time in 2017 to air on MTV. The original Dutch version was called Now or Neverland. When Endemol USA and NBC adapted it to the American market in 2001, they changed the name to Fear Factor. The show pits contestants against each other in a variety of stunts for a grand prize, usually of US $50,000. From seasons one to five, the contestants were generally three men and three women, all competing for themselves, but in season six, the show moved to a permanent format of four teams of two people, each with a pre-existing relationship with one another. The show was originally hosted by comedian and UFC commentator Joe Rogan, produced by Matt Kunitz and David A. Hurwitz, and directed by J. Rupert Thompson. Rapper/actor Ludacris took over as host when the show was rebooted in 2017.

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Chingy American rapper

Howard Bailey Jr., better known by his stage name Chingy, is an American rapper, singer, producer, and actor.

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." [6]

In 2013, she was a contestant on the ABC celebrity diving show Splash . She was first to be eliminated. In 2015, Knight Pulliam was a contestant on the NBC show The Celebrity Apprentice Season 7 and was the first contestant eliminated after being the losing project manager for her team. In 2018, Knight Pulliam was a HouseGuest on the first season of the CBS series Celebrity Big Brother , where she was the second person evicted out of the house, on Day 13. [7]

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Personal life

Keshia Knight Pulliam was born in Newark, New Jersey, the daughter of Denise and James Knight Pulliam, Sr., a manager. [1] She has three brothers, James Knight Pulliam II, Mshon Knight Pulliam, and Juwan Pulliam. [2] She received a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Spelman College in 2001. [3] She is a member of the Eta Kappa Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. [3]

Newark, New Jersey City in Essex County, New Jersey, U.S.

Newark is the most populous city in the U.S. state of New Jersey and the seat of Essex County. As one of the nation's major air, shipping, and rail hubs, the city had a population of 285,154 in 2017, making it the nation's 70th-most populous municipality, after being ranked 63rd in the nation in 2000.

Spelman College historically Black womens college in Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Spelman College is a private, liberal arts, women's college in Atlanta, Georgia. The college is part of the Atlanta University Center academic consortium in Atlanta. Founded in 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, Spelman was the fourth historically black female institution of higher education to receive its collegiate charter in 1924. Therefore, Spelman College is America's oldest private historically black liberal arts college for women.

Delta Sigma Theta historically Black sorority

Delta Sigma Theta is a Greek-lettered sorority of college-educated women dedicated to public service with an emphasis on programs that target the African American community. Delta Sigma Theta was founded on January 13, 1913, by twenty-two collegiate women at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Membership is open to any woman who meets the requirements, regardless of religion, race, or nationality. Women may join through undergraduate chapters at a college or university, or through an alumnae chapter after earning a college degree.

On New Year's Eve 2015, Knight Pulliam became engaged to retired National Football League player Edgerton Hartwell. [8] [9] They were married the next day, January 1, 2016, in Knight Pulliam's Atlanta home. [10] Hartwell filed for divorce on July 25, 2016. [11] On January 23, 2017, Knight Pulliam gave birth to a daughter, named Ella Grace. [12] [13] The divorce was finalized in April 2018. [14]



1985 The Last Dragon Sophia / Natasha Green
2004 Motives LetriceVideo
2005 Beauty Shop Darnelle
2005 The Gospel Maya Walker
2008Cuttin Da MustardWendy
2008 Death Toll Mirie
2009 Madea Goes to Jail Candace Washington


1984–92 The Cosby Show Rudy Huxtable Main role; 177 episodes
1985Back to Next SaturdayRudy HuxtableMovie
1987The Little Match GirlMollyMovie
1987–88 A Different World Rudy Huxtable3 episodes
1989 Polly PollyMovie
1989A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's CourtKarenMovie
1990Polly: Comin' Home!PollyMovie
1990 The Earth Day Special Rudy Huxtable
1997 Cosby GuitaristEpisode: "The Return of Charlites"
2002 Fear Factor HerselfReality series; one episode
2002What About Your Friends: Weekend GetawayTempleMovie
2004 Celebrity Mole: Yucatán HerselfReality series; eliminated in Episode 4
2004 Christmas at Water's Edge Leila TurnerMovie
2007–12 Tyler Perry's House of Payne Miranda Lucas PayneMain role; 95 episodes
2010 Psych StranjayEpisode: "The Polarizing Express"
2012 Mr. Box Office Vanessa OwensEpisode: "Pilot"
2013 Splash HerselfReality series; eliminated in Episode 1
2013 Guys with Kids BridgetEpisode: "Divorce Party"
2013The Love LetterParkerMovie
2015 The Celebrity Apprentice Season 7 HerselfReality series; eliminated in Episode 1
2015Will to LoveRachel ParisMovie
2016 Here We Go Again Pregnant lady
2018 Celebrity Big Brother HerselfHouseGuest; 10th Place
2018Jingle BelleToriLifetime Movie

Awards and nominations

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Rudy Huxtable

Rudith Lillian "Rudy" Huxtable is a fictional character who appears on the American sitcom The Cosby Show (1984–1992). Portrayed by actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, Rudy is the youngest child of Cliff and Clair Huxtable. First appearing alongside her family in the pilot episode "Theo's Economic Lesson", which premiered on September 20, 1984, Rudy matures from a precocious five-year-old girl into a teenager longing for independence throughout the course of the series' eight year-long run.

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<i>Tyler Perrys House of Payne</i> (season 4) season of television series

The fourth season of the Tyler Perry's House of Payne began airing on June 4, 2008, and concluded on August 6, 2008. It stars Keshia Knight Pulliam as Miranda, Cassi Davis as Ella Payne, LaVan Davis as Curtis Payne, Allen Payne as CJ Payne, Lance Gross as Calvin Payne, Demetria McKinney as Janine Payne, Larramie "Doc" Shaw as Malik Payne, China Anne McClain as Jazmine Payne, and Denise Burse as Claretha Jenkins. The season contained 25 episodes.

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