Skip to content

Keke Palmer is famous for being a star who can do it all. She’s an all-singing, all-dancing celebrity who captured the nation’s heart from a young age, owing to her many TV and movie appearances. She’s the sort of person who’s done a little bit of everything!

Growing Up

Keke was born on August 26, 1993, in Harvey, Illinois, into a family of actors. As such, she was always the sort of person destined for stardom.

Even from a young age, everyone loved her. When she was only five years old, she got a spot in a school choir and belted out her lungs on stage, much to the enjoyment of all. Later that year, she starred all by herself in a kindergarten play – a massive achievement for someone so young.

At nine, the whole family moved to The Bear State – California. As expected being so close to Hollywood, this is where everything started kicking off. The young talented actress and singer landed a role in the 2004 production Barbershop 2: Back in Business. After that, she won several awards, including a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie. Incredibly, she was the youngest actress ever nominated for that category. Go, girl!

Akeelah and the Bee and Beyond

These early successes were great, but they weren’t quite enough to rocket her to superstardom just yet. Instead, Keke’s big breakthrough came in 2006 when she played Akeelah Anderson in the film Akeelah and the Bee, which critics loved.

At the same time, she began a foray into singing. Her debut studio album arrived in 2007. Dubbed “So Uncool,” it indicated the emergence of a highly talented R&B artist right from the start. Again, it was almost as if she was made for it. This is when she started to gain a lot of new fans and everyone was talking about her.

She also became a Nickelodeon star during the height of the channel’s popularity in 2008. She had all sorts of roles, such as a teen fashion exec in True Jackson, VP.

Building And Maturing Into Her Career

Like many younger actresses, Keke wanted to transition to mature roles quickly and avoid typecasting. She started this evolution with CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story in 2013. Here, she played Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas of the iconic girl group TLC and did such a great job, many people thought Rozonda had played herself!

Later, in 2015, she became the first African American to play Cinderella on Broadway. Her performances dazzled audiences. Critics loved her stage presence while the general public adored her singing.

Keke remains a force of nature. Not only did she build a career from nothing, but she also contributes to society in many other ways, including her work in mental health.

Also on this date...