Happy Birthday Keke Palmer.
Lauren Keyana Palmer (born August 26, 1993), better known as Keke Palmer is an American actress, singer, and television personality. Known for playing leading and character roles in comedy-drama productions, she has received a Primetime Emmy Award, five NAACP Image Awards, and nominations for a Daytime Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She was included on Time magazine’s list of most influential people in the world in 2019.
Palmer made her acting debut in Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004). She later appeared in the television film The Wool Cap (2004), and had her breakthrough starring in the drama film Akeelah and the Bee (2006). Her debut studio album, So Uncool, was released in 2007, and she progressed as a prominent child actress with roles in Madea’s Family Reunion (2006), Jump In! (2007), The Longshots (2008) and Shrink (2009).
Palmer received recognition for her roles on Nickelodeon, such as portraying the title character in the sitcom True Jackson, VP (2008–2011), providing the voice of Aisha in the Nickelodeon revival of Winx Club (2011–2014), and headlining the television film Rags (2012). Palmer made her transition to mature roles with the VH1 biographical film CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story (2013), and later starred in the thriller film Animal (2014), the comedy horror series Scream Queens (2015–2016), the drama series Berlin Station (2017–2019), the slasher series Scream (2019), the crime drama film Hustlers (2019) and a starring role in Jordan Peele’s Nope (2022). In 2021, she received a Primetime Emmy Award for her roles in the series Turnt Up with the Taylors.’
Since So Uncool, Palmer has released three extended plays: Lauren (2016), Virgo Tendencies, Pt. 1 (2019) and Virgo Tendencies, Pt. 2 (2020). She hosted the talk show Just Keke (2014) and co-hosted the talk show Strahan, Sara and Keke (2019–2020), the latter earning a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host.
Lauren Keyana Palmer was born on August 26, 1993, in Harvey, Illinois and raised in nearby Robbins, Illinois. She grew up in a Catholic household. Her parents, Sharon and Lawrence “Larry” Palmer, who met in drama school, had both worked as professional actors before settling into full-time jobs. Her father works for a polyurethane company, and her mother is a high school teacher who works with autistic children. Her father also volunteers as a Catholic deacon. The nickname “Keke” is not a shortening of “Keyana”; according to Palmer, her name came about because her older sister had an imaginary friend named Keke before she was born. Palmer first to in a church but earned exposure performing at a stage show at a Chicago tourist destination. In 2002, Palmer auditioned for a stage production of The Lion King at age nine.
2013–present: Mainstream success
In 2013, Palmer portrayed Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas in the TLC biopic, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, which aired in October on VH1. She next starred in the horror film Animal; it was released on June 17, 2014. She then recurred during the second season of Showtime’s drama series Masters of Sex, portraying Coral, a nanny. That same year, Palmer hosted a daytime talk show on BET titled Just Keke. In doing so, she became one of the youngest talk show hosts in television history; the show itself has been regarded as “groundbreaking” and “refreshing”. In September 2014, Palmer became the first African American to star as the title character in the musical Cinderella on Broadway. She performed her final show during the closing night of the show’s run on January 4, 2015. Later that year, Palmer announced that she had signed with Island Records.
Following the release of her single “I Don’t Belong to You” on October 25, 2015, Palmer explained:
I don’t belong to anyone else but myself. I have to make my own decisions. Happiness is defined by me. My sexuality is defined by me. And that can change, and this can change, and I can make it what I want to make it because I’m the one who makes that choice. So that’s what ‘I Don’t Belong to You’ is saying. This song feels right. It feels right, and it’s telling who I am. And it captures my identity.
She has also said she does not want her sexuality defined by labels and said that people should be fluid with labeling themselves, as their can change. identities
Palmer has quarreled with anxiety and depression. In 2019, as part of the #YouKnowMe campaign, she shared via Twitter that she had an abortion. On December 1, 2020, Palmer announced that she has been dealing with polycystic ovaly syndrome her entire life