Produced in Newark, New Jersey, Keisha Knight Pulliam started appearing in commercials as an infant. Following the show finished in 1992, Pulliam appeared in a racy magazine shoot, and has made TV and movie appearances.
Her parents, Denise and James Pulliam, work as her company supervisors. According to her dad, Pulliam had a star quality in the day she was born. “She was always grinning, she cooed a lot and was really friendly,” he recalled. “She’d let anyone pick her up.” When Pulliam was just five months old, her mom chose to send her picture into a talent agency. “It was all a long shot,” she said. “We actually did not expect anything to come of it.”
Nevertheless, just three months after, Pulliam — not yet a year old — got her first job as a model in a print advertisement for Johnson & Johnson baby products. After appearing in several ads, in the age of three Pulliam got a recurring character on the children’s television program Sesame Street.
Although Pulliam became a successful professional performer before she could walk or speak, her parents worked hard to instill within their daughter a feeling of normalcy and duty. “We handled Keshia like a routine kid, not a television star,” her mother remembered.