Keshia Knight Pulliam: “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.”