Alumnae Profiles: Keshia Knight Pulliam, C'2001
Keshia Knight Pulliam began her career at the age of nine- months-old in a national print ad for Johnson and Johnson’s Baby Products. By the age of four, she had appeared in several national commercials, was a regular on “Sesame Street,” and had the feature film the “Last Dragon” on her resume.
It was also at the age of four that Pulliam landed the role of “Rudy Huxtable,” the youngest daughter of Clair and Cliff Huxtable, on the iconic television show,” The Cosby Show” (1984-1992).
For her work on "The Cosby Show" she received several NAACP Image Awards, Young Artist Awards, a People's Choice Award and a Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award, and a host of other honors. To date, Pulliam is the youngest actress ever nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Emmy Award.
After the conclusion of The Cosby Show, Pulliam took several years away from acting to concentrate on school. In 2001, she graduated with honors from Spelman with a B.A. in sociology with a concentration in film. Upon graduation, she has resumed her acting career in both television and film. She co-stared along side Queen Latifah in MGM’s Beauty Shop (2005), Boris Kodjoe and Idris Elba in Screen Gem’s “The Gospel” (2005), and most recently stared with Tyler Perry and Derek Luke as the female lead “Candace” in “Madea Goes to Jail” (2009).
Most recently, Pulliam starred as "Miranda" on the TBS sitcom The House of Payne, for which she has won three NAACP Image Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She also appeared in the reality television series Splash (2013), beside Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Louie Anderson; Guys with Kids (2013), a television series on NBC, and starred as “Parker” in the original UP movie The Love Letter(2013).
A resident of Georgia, Pulliam is blossoming as a media mogul -- she runs her own production company, Kizzy Productions; and she is the founder of a non-profit organization for young girls called Kamp Kizzy. In addition, she is the co-founder and member of The A-List Experience, which serves as a fundraising vehicle for A-List celebrities. Learn more about Kamp Kizzy