She played Charmaine on The Cosby Show. See Karen Malina White Now.

The Cosby Show gave several generations of actors their big breaks, or at least their most memorable characters. One of those actors is Karen Malina Weisswho played Charmaine for the last two seasons of the family sitcom and then again in its spin-off, Another world. Charmaine was best friends with Pam Tucker (Erica Alexander), one of the distant cousins ​​of the Huxtables. But what the character was really known for was her fast-paced wit, which she showed at Hillman College. Philadelphia-born White has since racked up countless other television credits over the years, including appearing in one of the most controversial miniseries in recent memory. Read on to find out more.

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Karen Malina White on The Cosby Show
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Before her stints on those sitcoms, White made her film debut in the 1989s lean on me and appeared in several television series. To The Cosby Show and Another worldShe continued to work, mainly in television. She has appeared Hermann’s head, Hanging out with Mr. Cooper, role, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, My so-called life, Chicago hope, live single, The shield, southland, How to get away with murder, veep, snowfalland many other shows.

She is perhaps best known for her starring role Malcolm & Eddiein which she played Nicolette and for the voice of Dijonay Jones on Disney Channel The proud family. Recent projects by White include repeating Dijonay for The proud family reboot, recurring as Hilda on brothand play Shirley Hughesthe mother of one of Jeffrey Dahmers victim in Netflix miniseries, dahmer.

Karen Malina White in 2011
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Although White’s resume is long and varied, a closer look reveals that she took on fewer live-action roles immediately thereafter Malcolm & Eddie ended in 2000. In an interview with Comedy Hype earlier this year, the actress explained the rock bottom she experienced after that sitcom. “I took a lot of hits Malcolm & Eddie, because my character was often called ‘ugly’. And it pushed my buttons, my personal buttons,” White said, adding that those comments fed her childhood insecurities [wondering] “Am I cute enough? Is my hair straight enough? Do I have too much weight?'” The star noted that she “had to work through it all” before she felt safe to start looking for parts again.

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Karen Malina White in 2019
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White was with her Cosby show and Malcolm & Eddie co-star Malcolm Jamal Warner, from 1997 to 2005. The couple never married, although some outlets incorrectly report that they did. Warner addressed this in an interview now archived beings in 2009, saying, “I’m not married. People probably started saying that because it was us [in a relationship] for seven and a half years. Also, until recently, I always wore a ring on my ring finger. I started wearing my first ring when I was 13, and by the time I was 17 I realized the importance and just kept it there.”

Paula Jai ​​Parker, Jo Marie Payton, Ralph Farquhar, Karen Malina White, Bruce W. Smith and Alisa Reyes pose at D23 in 2022
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White was present at Disney’s D23 Expo in mid-September to represent The Proud Family: Louder and prouder, which will be coming back for Season 2 soon. In a red carpet interview posted to her Instagram, the actress shared that people often recognize her voice from the show when she’s out and that it was superfans like those that made it happen The proud family to be revived. “A whole new generation of kids can see themselves represented,” White enthused about the new series. “We’re pushing the envelope in terms of conversation and culture, and you know, we’re just showing black and brown culture. And my nieces, my great-nieces, they see someone who looks like them on TV.”

To close the circle again Cosby show Days, among the comments White received on the post was one from Alexander, her former TV BFF. “Congratulations Karen! And bravo to #dahmer!! You are always excellent! I’m glad you’re in full boom 💥 and blossom 🌸! Xo e,” the actor wrote. She played Charmaine on The Cosby Show. See Karen Malina White Now.

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