Keshia Knight Pulliam At 40: “Never Let Anyone Steal Your Joy”

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Actress Keshia Knight-Pulliam, best known for her childhood role as Rudy Huxtable, on the hit NBC sitcom The Cosby Show (1984–92) and as Miranda Lucas-Payne on the TBS comedy-drama Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, has literally grown up right in front of our eyes. Knight-Pulliam became the youngest actress to be nominated for an Emmy Award, receiving a nomination at age six for Outstanding Supporting Actress in A Comedy Series. She made her professional debut at nine months old, in a national print advertisement for Johnson & Johnson baby products and made her feature-film debut in The Last Dragon (1985). She is ranked at No. 19 in VH1’s list of the “100 Greatest Kid Stars.”

Now, at age 40, she’s a mother of a beautiful baby girl and loving every minute of it and living her best life! But her journey his wasn’t without it’s own set of challenges.

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Actress Keshia Knight-Pulliam and her ex-husband, Ed Hartwell are not only officially divorced, but the two have finally settled on custody of their adorable only child together. The former child star won big in an ugly custody and separation battle with the former NFL star, according to TMZ.

Under their divorce agreement, Keisha was awarded primary custody of the couple’s one-year-old daughter, Ella Grace while Hartwell gets visitation rights and a monthly $3,007 child support bill.

As per the couple’s agreement, they also compromised on the fight regarding their daughter’s last name.

Both wanted Ella Grace to bear only their last name. They ultimately found a middle ground, agreeing that she could have a hyphenated moniker.

This news comes gives Pulliam a much-needed sigh of relief after a very public and very quick relationship, marriage and ugly back and forth rumors.

If you recall, Pulliam and Hartwell surprisingly tied the knot before the New Year in 2016. Then in July of 2017, she announced she was expecting her first child. But initially, Hartwell denied being the child’s father and a host of other unfavorable comments that are now in the past.

Pulliam, as with most of the world, was shocked to learn that her then-husband, Ed Hartwell, of only 7 months had decided to serve her with divorce papers only a week after she announced that she was pregnant with the couple’s first child…