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Holly Robinson Peete

Holly Robinson Peete

Actress

Biography

From her first appearance on the award-winning children’s show Sesame Street at the age of four to the iconic 80’s series 21 Jump Street to her current family docuseries OWN TV’s For Peete’s Sake, Holly Robinson Peete— actress, author, talk show host, activist, and philanthropist—has consistently used her celebrity status as a platform to advocate for issues dear to her heart. Read More >

Following her father’s battle with Parkinson’s disease, she and husband Rodney Peete—a former NFL quarterback—formed the HollyRod Foundation in 1997 to help improve the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s. In 2005, they extended the Foundation’s mission to provide support and resources to those affected by autism when their eldest son was diagnosed with the condition.

A celebrated author, Robinson Peete co-authored with her then 12-year-old daughter the NAACP Image Award-winning My Brother Charlie, a children's book about autism from the sibling's perspective. Her book, Get Your Own Damn Beer, I'm Watching the Game: A Women's Guide to Loving Pro Football, won her the 2006 Quill Literacy Award. Her latest book Same But Different: Teen Life On The Autism Express co-authored with her twins Ryan & RJ is out now and garnering glowing reviews.

Robinson Peete’s longevity and visibility in the entertainment community has led to a successful career as a spokesperson for some of the country’s biggest brands, including Target, Toys“R”Us, Colgate, Skechers, Epipen, and Carnation. She is also set to launch a new Holly Robinson Peete lifestyle brand of apparel and accessories on the popular shopping channel EVINE LIVE.

Whether discussing her son’s autism or how she maintains a successful work-life balance, Holly Robinson Peete delivers inspiring keynotes that offer audiences vital tips and roadmaps for managing their own lives and careers.

Robinson Peete had her first experience in front of the camera when she appeared on television opposite her father Matthew Robinson who served as a producer and portrayed the beloved character of “Gordon” on the award-winning children’s program Sesame Street. While she knew her calling was to be an actress, Robinson Peete opted to lead a typical childhood rather than working to be the next child star.

However, upon finishing her college education, Robinson Peete felt her heart pull her back to entertainment. In 1986, she landed a starring role on the FOX television drama 21 Jump Street opposite then-unknown cast member Johnny Depp. She went on to star in many other successful television series, including Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, For Your Love, and One on One. Robinson Peete’s successful television career places her as one of only a handful of actresses to star in four shows in syndication. In addition, she also starred in the original Lifetime movie Matters of Life & Dating for which she was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.

In 2011, Robinson Peete joined the cast of the hit comedy series Mike & Molly shortly after successfully launching the CBS daily talk show The Talk as one of the original co-hosts. The Talk came on the heels of the enormous success Robinson Peete had on the third season of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice. Making it all the way to the finals, Robinson Peete set a fundraising record for her charity, HollyRod Foundation, casting a national spotlight on autism and Parkinson's disease.

Robinson Peete’s singing talents have been displayed on theme songs for both 21 Jump Street and Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper. She also did her own singing as Diana Ross in the miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream. Robinson Peete fondly says that singing is her “first love and passion.”

Robinson Peete is very proud of her current family docuseries For Peete’s Sake on  OWN-the Oprah Winfrey Newtwork. The series follows the lives of the Peete Family with humorous, intentional and honest story lines. The first season of the show has struck a chord with viewers, especially with those impacted by autism.

Robinson Peete’s philanthropic efforts have earned her numerous awards and honors, including Ford’s Freedom Sisters; the American Mentor Award; the Southern California Broadcasters’ Association Community Service Award; Gerald R. Ford People Helping People Award; the March of Dimes Healthy Babies, Healthy Futures Award; USC Woman of Distinction Award; Anheuser Busch John E. Jacob Community Service Award; the Genii Award; the Girls Inc. Mentor Award; A Place Called Home Humanitarian Award; and McDonald’s 365 Black Award and many more.

Born in Philadelphia and raised in Los Angeles, Robinson Peete was voted “most talented” in high school alongside fellow classmate and future actor Rob Lowe. She did her undergraduate studies at the prestigious Sarah Lawrence College where she majored in psychology and French. She spent her junior year studying abroad at the Sorbonne University in Paris and became fluent in the language.

Whether discussing her advocacy for son's autism, her father’s Parkinson’s disease or how she strives to maintain a successful work-life balance, Holly Robinson Peete delivers inspiring, authentic, down to earth keynotes that connect deeply and offer audiences vital tips and roadmaps for managing their own lives and careers. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Not My Boy

Speech Topics

Luck Favors the Prepared: One Crazy Momma’s Balancing Act Tips

In this talk, Holly Robinson Peete offers her “crazy working momma” tips for maintaining a successful work-life balance. Audiences will walk away and inspired and refreshed, knowing that if Holly can do it—so can they! Robinson Peete’s tips include: Read More >

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  • Staying prepared and ahead of the curve: If you know better, you do better.
  • Taking care of you: If momma isn’t happy and healthy, no one is!
  • Lights out/work out: Stress, sleep deprivation, and lack of exercise cause not only weight gain, but poor reactions to stress.
  • Delegate: Other people are capable too!
  • Just say no: You can’t please others at your own expense.
  • Remain flexible: Relax, breathe, and go with the flow.
  • Cut yourself some slack: You get another shot tomorrow. Manage and minimize guilt and feelings of failure.

Not My Boy! A Personal Journey with Autism

In this presentation, Peete shares with audiences a heartrending, candid look inside the personal journey of their son’s autism and offers a first-of-its-kind, inspirational road map that will help families facing similar challenges move forward. Read More >

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Sharing the Wealth of Health

From Jumpin’ to Hangin’: Balancing Life

The Importance of Civic Engagement: Never Stand on the Sidelines

Matters of Life: Supporting the Struggles of a Loved One Battling Cancer