Lauren Keyana "Keke" Palmer
August 26, 1993
Singer, Songwriter, Actress
Years active
Known for
Akeelah and the Bee

Lauren Keyana "Keke" Palmer is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She portrays Marty Maraschino in Grease: Live.


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Keke Palmer is an award-winning actress who has established herself as one of the fastest rising stars of her generation. A multi-talented entertainer, Palmer’s acting and singing abilities made history as she was the first African-American to grace Broadway as “Cinderella” in the iconic Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical. Palmer started her career at the age of nine, with a small role in the feature film Barbershop 2: Back in Business, opposite Queen Latifah. That role led to a series of guest-starring roles on television shows such as Strong Medicine, Cold Case, ER and Law & Order. She later went on to star in the Emmy Award-nominated made-for-TV movie The Wool Cap, opposite William H. Macy. That performance earned her a NAACP Image Award, as well as a Screen Actors Guild nomination in the Best Leading Actress category, alongside Charlize Theron, Hilary Swank, Glenn Close and Patricia Heaton. This nomination put Palmer in the record books as the youngest actor to ever be nominated by the Guild in a Lead Actor category Her breakout role came at 12, when she played the title character in the hit Akeelah and the Bee. On the small screen, Palmer starred in the original cable movie Jump In!. Other film and TV credits include co-starring in the made-for-television movie Knights of the South Bronx, with Ted Danson; unaired cable pilot Keke & Jamal; and the hit film Madea’s Family Reunion, starring Tyler Perry, Cicely Tyson and Maya Angelou. From 2008-11, Palmer starred in her own hit cable show, True Jackson, VP. A 6-time time NAACP winner, she is the youngest talk show host in television history, having launched the cable talk show Just Keke in 2014. This fall, Palmer starred as Zayday in FOX’s comedy-horror series Scream Queens.

Grease Roles Edit

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