Who is Karen Malina White?
Karen Malina White was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA, on 7 July 1965 – her zodiac sign is Cancer, and she holds American nationality. She is an actress who is perhaps still best known for her portrayal of Charmaine Brown in the two final seasons of the comedy series “The Cosby Show”, which aired from 1984 to 1992 and starred Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad and Keshia Knight Pulliam – the story follows a successful African-American family, and was a huge success as it won 55 awards including three Golden Globes, and was nominated for 58 other awards.
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Early life and education
Karen was raised an only child in Philadelphia by her father who was a firefighter, and her mother who was a seamstress.
She attended the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, and while there decided that she would one day become a popular actress. Karen matriculated in 1983, and then enrolled at Howard University from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1987 – while attending her senior year, Karen became Miss Howard University.
Roles in TV series
Karen has appeared in around 70 movies and TV series, and we are about to mention some of her most notable performances in this article.
Karen made her debut TV series appearance in 1980, when she guest starred as Jasmine in a single episode of the drama “In Our Lives”. In 1989, she guested in the episode “Beautiful Are the Stars” of the action drama “A Man Called Hawk”. In 1993, she was invited to play the supporting character Yolanda in the comedy series “Getting By” starring Cindy Williams, Telma Hopkins and Deon Richmond, and which is about two women who are living together in a huge house. Karen went on to appear in an episode or two of numerous series, such as the comedy “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” in 1994, the sitcom “Me and the Boys” and another sitcom “The Parent Hood” both in 1995.
In 1996, she was invited to play Nicolette Vandross, one of the lead characters in the comedy “Malcolm & Eddie”, also starring Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Eddie Griffin, and which was nominated for three awards. Her next notable performance was in 2001, when she was invited to voice the lead character Dijonay Jones in the animated sitcom “The Proud Family”, also starring Kyla Pratt and Tommy Davidson, and which follows Penny Proud and his adventures – the series aired until 2005, and won six awards while it was nominated for 23 others. Karen went on to appear in single episodes of multiple series such as the post-apocalyptic action drama “Jeremiah” in 2002, the crime drama “The Shield” in 2003, and the drama “Boston Public” in 2004.
She won her next supporting role in 2015, when invited to play Betty LeBox in the comedy “I Didn’t Do It”, and a few of Karen’s most recent notable performances in TV series have been in two 2017 episodes of the crime drama “Snowfall” as Doris Roberts, the comedy drama “Kidding” in which she portrayed Latrice in two episodes, and the family sitcom “Raven’s Home” in which she guest starred as Loretta in the episode “Keepin’ It Real” both in 2018.
Karen has recently been cast to voice Dijonay Jones in the upcoming animated series “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder”.
Roles in movies
Karen made her debut film appearance in 1989 when cast to portray Kaneesha Carter in the biographical drama “Lean on Me”, which starred Morgan Freeman, Beverly Todd and Robert Guillaume, and is about Joe Clark who becomes the principal of a school, and tries to improve it by doing whatever it takes – the film won four awards and was nominated for five others.
In 1995, she appeared in the short comedy “Statistically Speaking”, which starred Shaun Baker, Victoria Dillard and Lillian Lehman, and is about a middle-aged woman as she goes from one date to another. The same year saw Karen play Mary in the romantic drama “Once Upon a Time… When We Were Colored”, which starred Al Freeman Jr., Phylicia Rashad and Leon, and which follows a narrator as he is talking about his early life spent in an African-American community in the south of the US – it won three awards and was nominated for two others.
Three of Karen’s most recent notable performances in films have been in the comedy “Fronterz” in 2004, which starred Reno Wilson and Dennis T. Carnegie, the 2005 animated adventure comedy “The Proud Family Movie” in which she voiced Dijonay Jones, and the 2006 thriller drama “Ties That Bind” in which she played Madison.
Husband Jamal Warnerm
There are many rumors circulating the internet claiming that Karen was or still is married to her husband Malcolm-Jamal Warner, an American actor, film director and producer, who is perhaps still best known for his portrayal of Theodore Huxtable in the comedy series “The Cosby Show”, when the two first met.
They started dating only years after the show finished in 2000, and were together until the late 2007 – as Karen has stated in an interview: ‘I’m not married. People probably started saying that because we were in a relationship for seven and a half years.’ Although some sources claim that Karen has no children, it is widely known that she has a daughter with Jamal.
She hasn’t talked about any other men she might have been with before or after Jamal, so as of September 2020, she is single, hasn’t married and has one daughter.
Hobbies and other interests
Karen’s favorite season is summer as she enjoys sun tanning at the beach, swimming in the ocean and playing beach volleyball with her friends.
She is a supporter of the movement Black Lives Matter, and has walked several peaceful protests.
Karen likes to drink alcoholic cocktails with her friends – her favorite is Sex on the Beach.
Travelling is one of her main hobbies, and her acting career has taken her all around the US, while Karen has also been to many European countries, including France and Germany.
She has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Leonardo DiCaprio, Jim Carrey and Natalie Portman, and a few of her favorite movies are “Titanic”, “Shutter Island” and “Ace Ventura – Pet Detective”.
Karen’s age is 55. She has brown hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 3ins (1.6m) and she weighs around 110lbs (51kgs).
As of October 2020, her net worth has been estimated at over $1 million.