Holly Robinson-Peete is an actress, author, model, presenter, singer, and humanitarian. She is best known for her television roles on 21 Jump Street, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, and For Your Love. She has written and co-written multiple books. She has appeared in television movies and in films. She, also, appeared as a co-host on The Talk for its first season.
Holly Elizabeth Robinson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her father was a producer/writer and was the original Gordon on Sesame Street. Her family moved to California in 1974. She graduated Santa Monica High School and then attended Sarah Lawrence College. She earned a degree in Psychology and French.
Previously, she appeared in one 1969 episode of Sesame Street. Then, at eleven, she appeared as a celebrity correspondent on Kidsworld. Her television roles, part in a video, and her role as Diana Ross in The Jacksons: An American Dream followed. She has contributed to soundtracks and been part of theme songs for film and television projects she’s been a part of. She hosted the NAACP Image Awards in 2011.
Holly married NFL quarterback Rodney Peete in 1995. They had four children. Their eldest son was diagnosed with autism when he was three. Holly’s father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Holly and her husband, Rodney, co-founded the HollyRod Foundation, which is dedicated to helping those with autism and Parkinson’s Disease and families of those with either diagnosis.
Holly has written, co-written, and received awards for books for children and adults. Be inspired! Have a bright day!