Karen Malina White: Fit, Fine and 55!

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Philadelphia native Karen Malina White first caught audiences’ attention when she took on the role of Charmaine Brown on The Cosby Show in 1989. She would also make waves in the hood classic, film Lean on Me with Morgan Freeman as the smart, young student who was going places in life until she got with a guy who ended up getting her pregnant. “You don’t know nothing about Mr. Clark!” Remember that scene? Yeah, me too!

It’s hard to believe that that little girl that was going out with “Lance” on The Cosby Show is 55-years-old now. Wow, how times flies!

It all started for the talented actress when she was born in Philly where she studied at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts. After graduating high school, White continued her studies at Howard University, where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. During her senior year, White won the title of “Miss Howard University” and landed her first role as an actress.