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Holly Elizabeth Robinson Peete, born September 18, 1964 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is an American actress, singer, author, talkshow host, activist and philanthropist. Holly Robinson Peete has been close to the entertainment industry all of her life. Her career as an actress dates back more than two decades and has led her to becoming a voice for her father, her son and her community. Robinson Peete recently joined the cast of the hit comedy series Mike & Molly shortly after successfully launching the CBS daily talk show The Talk as one of the original co-hosts. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Judy Hoffs on the Fox TV police drama 21 Jump Street, Vanessa Russell on the ABC sitcom Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, and Dr. Malena Ellis on the NBC/WB sitcom For Your Love. After graduating from high school, Peete entered Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She majored in psychology and French, and can speak four languages. During her time as an undergraduate, she spent a year abroad at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. After she graduated in 1986, she considered attending graduate school and perhaps working in languages for the U.S. State Department. However, her love of acting contributed to her decision to give an acting career a chance for a few months first. Within a short time, Peete found roles on a television series and in two films, and thoughts of graduate school were left behind. Peete served as one of the original five co-hosts of the CBS daytime talk show The Talk. She was not asked back for the show's second season for untold reasons but later released a statement.
"After weeks in limbo, I was finally 'officially' given word from CBS today that I have not been picked up for the 2nd season of The TALK," Robinson Peete wrote. "I realize there have been several reports and 'leaks' for sometime to this effect but until today I was not contractually released which prevented me from moving on and finding other work."
But that wasn't all.
"While I am relieved to have this closure, it doesn't diminish my disappointment one bit about not continuing with a show I worked very hard to launch and love dearly. But I've been around long enough to know that while you cannot control certain situations you CAN control how you respond to them. Thank you to CBS for a tremendous opportunity to realize a long held dream of mine to host a daytime talk show. I learned SO much and will cherish and build upon my experience. Best of all I made some friends for life."
The actress also made sure to thank fans for all of their support during her time on the show.
"I want to thank The TALK viewers and those who supported and rallied around me and expressed appreciation for the humor and heart I attempted to bring to the table," Robinson Peete went on. "You lifted me! But by far, what I will miss the most: the amazing platform to spread awareness about families affected by autism and special needs. Just know that I will never stop speaking for you, and sharing your stories...EVER. Although this door has closed, I am full of excitement about the new doors that will open for me." Her son, Rodney Jr., was diagnosed with autism at age 3. Peete's children's book, My Brother Charlie, won her an NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Literary Work" in March 2011.
Peete was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Dolores and Matt Robinson (the original Gordon on Sesame Street). Her mother was a school teacher, in public relations, and later a personal talent manager, and her father a producer and writer. She has an older brother named Matthew Thomas III. In 1974, her family moved to California. Peete graduated from Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, California, where one of her fellow classmates was the actor, Rob Lowe. Peete graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a degree in psychology and French. Shee studied abroad for a year at the Sorbonne, and is fluent in French. While there she sang in Paris nightclubs, including a memorable performance with jazz legend Lionel Hampton at the Hotel Meridian Jazz Club. In 1969, she made her first TV appearance by playing a little girl named Sally on the very first episode of Sesame Street. At the age of 11, Holly worked for the children's show Kidsworld as a celebrity correspondent and interviewed many actors and actresses for the program. As an actress, she has appeared on the television series 21 Jump Street from 1987 through 1991, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper from 1992 to 1997, For Your Love from 1998 to 2002, and Like Family during 2003 to 2004. In 1992 she portrayed Diana Ross in The Jacksons: An American Dream. Robinson most recently starred on the UPN comedy Love, Inc.. The show lasted just one season, and was canceled after the WB/UPN merger. Robinson has also had a limited career as a singer and recording artist, including the introductory song to 21 Jump Street. She contributed a variety of songs to the soundtrack of the film Howard the Duck, as well as appearing as a musician/singer in a minor role in the film. She recorded the theme song "We Got Our Love" for the 1988 film Three for the Road. She and Dawnn Lewis, along with R&B quartet En Vogue, performed the theme song for Season 1 of Hangin' with Mr. Cooper. One of Holly's closest friends is Terry Ellis of the popular R&B group En Vogue.
Robinson has been a spokesperson for Colgate Total toothpaste since 2008. Her longevity and visibility in the entertainment community has led Robinson Peete to a successful career as a spokesperson for some of the country’s biggest brands. Robinson Peete’s consumer friendly personal brand has partnered with Target, Toys”R”Us, Colgate , Skechers, Epipen and Carnation among others. Robinson Peete is very excited to launch a new lifestyle brand of products this summer which will be available at stores like TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods. Offering everything from women’s clothing, beauty products to home decor to pet products, the Holly Robinson Peete brand will be very comprehensive reflecting the diverse styles and needs of busy women of all backgrounds and cultures. She and her husband co-hosted a talk show on Oprah & Friends Radio. In 2009, she co-starred in the ABC comedy pilot, The Bridget Show. In 2006, she won, along with fellow writer Daniel Paisner, the Quills Award in Sports for the book Get Your Own Damn Beer, I'm Watching the Game!: A Woman's Guide to Loving Pro Football. Peete and her daughter Ryan Elizabeth co-wrote a children's book My Brother Charlie, which was released in March 2010. In 2010, she participated in the third season of Celebrity Apprentice, playing for her own charity, the HollyRod Foundation, which provides support for families with autism. She set an "Apprentice" record for the most money made on a single task, and finished as the runner-up to winner Bret Michaels. Robinson began co-hosting The Talk, a CBS daytime talk show, on October 18, 2010. In this forum, Robinson was known for expressing herself through her ethnicity and being vocal on especially issues of the African American race and autism. In April of 2011, Robinson hosted a weekly series on The Talk promoting autism awareness. After serving on The Talk for its first season, Robinson along with Leah Remini were unceremoniously released from the show.
Failure to ever disclose why the two were let go brought on a great deal of audience criticism of the show, as well as protests from the stars' fans. While there was speculation that their former Talk co-host, Julie Chen, had involvement in the decision as she's married to the CBS President and CEO, Leslie Moonves, it was Sharon Osbourne, their other former Talk co-host, who explained their dismissals, stating:
"Some people don't really know who they are. And you have to know who you are when you're in something like this. You can't pretend to be something you're not. You have to know your brand. You can't be all things to everyone."
Additionally, Osbourne commented on the failure to let Remini and Peete know why they were let go, stating: "Why should we call them to discuss it?"
Robinson went on to host the 42nd NAACP Image Awards, alongside Wayne Brady, on March 4, 2011.
On June 10, 1995, Robinson married Rodney Peete, a National Football League quarterback. He proposed by surprising Holly during an episode of Hangin' with Mr. Cooper. Together, they have four children: daughter Ryan Elizabeth and son Rodney Jr. who are twins born in 1997, a son Robinson born in 2002, and son Roman born in 2005. Rodney Jr., was diagnosed with autism at age 3. After her father was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, Robinson and her husband co-founded the HollyRod Foundation, which is dedicated to help find a cure for the disease and assist those living with the condition. On October 4, 2012, Robinson was inducted as an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Robinson Peete’s philanthropic efforts have earned her numerous awards and honors including: Ford’s Freedom Sisters, American Mentor Award, The Southern California Broadcasters’ Association Community Service Award, Gerald R. Ford People Helping People Award, The March of Dimes Healthy Babies, Healthy Futures Award, USC Woman of Distinction Award, Anheuser Busch John E. Jacob Community Service Award, The Genii Award, The Girls Inc. Mentor Award, A Place Called Home Humanitarian Award and McDonald’s 365 Black Award.
Check out the foundation established by Rodney and Holly Peete at: www.hollyrod.org
Inspired by a father and a son, HollyRod Foundation was formed in 1997 by actress, Holly Robinson Peete and her husband former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete. The HollyRod Foundation is dedicated to providing compassionate care to those living with autism and Parkinson’s disease. Efforts of the HollyRod Foundation are providing a better quality of life for individuals and their families. Please click here make a donation today.
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