Raven Symone has had a career in the entertainment industry since 1989. Some of her professions include working as a child model, an actress, a singer, a rapper, a songwriter, a television personality, a dancer, and a producer. As a result of such a long and successful career in entertainment, it is now estimated that she has accrued a personal net worth of $55 million. So, how did this talented woman become so wealthy?
Raven Symone was born on December 10, 1985, In Atlanta, Georgia. At the age of two, she began working as a model for Young Faces Inc., which is an Atlanta-based agency. This led to her appearing on many print advertisements. As a toddler, she was also on the books of Ford Models, appearing in commercials for brands including Cool Whip, Fisher-Price, Jell-O, and Ritz crackers. After her family moved to New York when she was three, Symone auditioned for a role in ‘Ghost Dad’, which was a Bill Cosby film. Unfortunately, the film's casting directors believed that she was too young to play this role. However, it did give her a break into television as Bill Cosby loved her and found her a role In 'The Cosby Show'. She was cast as his step-granddaughter, Olivia. Symone appeared for the first time on this show In season six and remained a part of the series until it ended in 1992. As a child, she also appeared in ‘Queen: The Story of an American Family’, a television movie that featured Halle Berry as the lead.
Singer and Actor
Acting was not Symone’s only talent as she also began her singing career as a child. Aged just seven, she signed with MCA Records. In 1993, she released her debut album ‘Here’s to New Dreams’. Although this album was not successful, it spawned two singles; ‘Raven is The Flavor’ and ‘That’s What Little Girls Are Made Of’. Although the latter reached number 68 on the Billboard Hot 100, the album's lack of success led to Symone being dropped by her label by 1995. Symone had continued with her acting career while trying to establish a career as a singer, and she played Nicole Lee in the television series ‘Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper’. She also made her film debut In The 1994 film ‘The Little Rascals’, playing the role of Stymie’s girlfriend.
Wanting to have another stab at establishing herself in music, Raven Symone and her father co-founded their own record label ‘RayBlaze Records. They recorded her second album ‘Undeniable’, and she signed a distribution deal with Crash Records in 1996. She did not release the album until three years later, in 1999, and it featured a cover of Stevie Wonder’s ‘With a Child’s Heart’, which was released as a single. By 1998, Symone was back to focusing on her acting career and she was cast as Charisse Dolittle in the Eddie Murphy comedy ‘Dr. Dolittle’. This was a role that she later reprised in 2001 for ‘Dr. Dollitle 2’. In the same year, she played the role of Nebula in ‘Zenon: Girl of The 21st Century’.
"That's So Raven" Success
2000 until 2010 was a successful period for Symone’s career. In 2001, she landed the lead role of Raven in the Disney series ‘That’s So Raven’. She then landed a voice role, providing the voice of Monique for ‘Kim Possible’. Not only did she feature in all seasons of this series, but she also voiced the role for the first two films of the series. She worked with Disney again in 2003 when she played the lead singer Galleria Garibaldi in ‘The Cheetah Girls’. She reprised this role for the 2006 sequel ‘The Cheetah Girls 2’. Other films that she appeared during this decade include ‘Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement’, ‘Zenon: Z3’, ‘For One Night’, and ‘College Road Trip’. These are just some of the films that this actress appeared between 2000 and 2010.
She also relaunched her singing career during this decade. First, she recorded a cover of Stevie Wonder's single ‘Superstition’ as the theme tune for ‘The Haunted Mansion’. She then recorded a soundtrack for ‘The Cheetah Girls’. By 2004, she had released her third solo album ‘This is My Time’. This album was far more successful than her previous efforts as it debuted at number one on the Billboard Top R&B/ Hip-Hop Albums chart. It was also in the top 100 of the Billboard 200 for 13 weeks, making it her most successful album so far. She went on to release her fourth album ‘Raven-Symone’ four years later.
2010 - Present
Since 2010, Nina Symone has continued to work in television and has appeared in both television series and made-for-TV movies. These have included roles series such as ‘Empire’ and ‘Black-ish’. Symone was also named as one of the hosts of ‘The View’., a daytime television show. Her most recent film role was the independent film ‘A Girl Like Grace’., although she also had a voice role for the 2018 film ‘Animal Crackers’. Symone has also continued with her music career, and she is working on her fifth album and has released some singles online. Furthermore, she has also appeared on Broadway playing Delores von Cartier in ‘Sister Act’. She appeared in this comedy musical from March to August 2012 when it ended its Broadway run.
As a result of her many successes In so many different aspects of entertainment, Raven Symone now has an estimated personal net worth of $55 million, according to sources. This is a combination of her earnings from television work, films, record sales, and theatrical performances. In her personal life, Raven Symone spent many years refusing to disclose her sexuality, saying that it was between her and her partner. In 2014, she revealed In an interview with Oprah Winfrey that she was In a relationship with a female partner and had been for two years. However, she then announced her split from her partner In 2015 after a three-year relationship. She now lives alone In her luxurious home In Los Angeles.
Written by Liz Flynn
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