When a sitcom is dwindling, networks will try anything to bring it back. When it's really dwindling, they take a deep breath, sigh and say, "bring in the cute kid." Usually, distracting us with adorableness doesn’t work. But in the case of Raven Symone it worked, and it worked well.
It was impossible to deny Raven Symone's charisma when she appeared on The Cosby Show as Olivia. Everyone wanted a little Olivia, and the show lasted for a couple more seasons.
After her debut, we didn't hear from her for a while until she starred in the Disney Channel series, That's So Raven in 2003. But it's not like anyone over the age of eight tuned into that show, right? I mean, what kind of person in her late twenties stays in all day on a Saturday watching that show and eating Lucky Charms? Certainly not anyone I know.
Symone also appeared in Dr. Dolittle and Dr. Dolittle 2, which was decent for a film debut.
But last night, Raven was officially recognized for her talent. The twenty-five year old won the Spirit Award at the NAACP Theatre Awards.
The honor is presented each year to an individual who brings energy, tenacity, innovation, commitment, talent and spirit, to the theater scene.
Symone starred in the play Father's Day alongside Rosie Perez and Andrew Royo.
Aside from that and her recent role in the ABC family show, Raven was recently in the news for her massive weight loss, which she displayed a charity catwalk show.
In June, Symone walked at the 18th Annual Race to Erase MS event, and when asked about her obvious loss of weight, she said: "She said: 'I thought I looked fabulous before and nobody else did. So, whatever.
Hollyscoop asked Raven what her beauty secrets were: "Just stand outside 'cause it's going to be super hot, and when you sweat you loose weight," Symone joked.
At Monday night's NAACP Awards, Raven appeared to have gained some of the weight back, and she still looked great. Raven said she wasn't initially comfortable with her new figure:
"Actually, now I wear bigger clothes because I don’t like the way people stare at me. I liked it before. Now you’re just looking at me for the wrong reasons. Before, you were actually looking at me for a real reason."
In 2008, Symone said: "My conflict in life is just making sure that I remember that I'm beautiful just the way I am, no matter what size I am."