Holly Robinson Peete

Holly Robinson Peete Bio

Your Turn to Care host Holly Robinson Peete is an accomplished actress, author, talk show host, activist and philanthropist. Holly's career as an actress dates back three decades. Her life experience has led her to become a voice for her father, her son and her community.

In 1996, inspired by her father's courageous battle with Parkinson's disease, Robinson Peete and her husband, former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, formed the HollyRod Foundation with the mission to help improve the quality of life of people with Parkinson's. Then in 2005, when their oldest son was diagnosed with autism, the mission expanded to provide access to treatment, support and other resources to disenfranchised families affected by the disorder. Through the foundation and her family's personal experiences, Robinson Peete has become an advocate for consistent and reliable education, support and compassionate care for both those with Parkinson's and autism.

Her autism advocacy also extends to her book co-written with daughter Ryan Elizabeth Peete. In 2010, they released their award-winning children's picture book, My Brother Charlie, about autism from the sibling's perspective. A follow-up book exploring autism and adolescence is due out in 2012.

Over the years Holly has received numerous accolades and awards for her philanthropic work; they include the Anheuser Busch John E. Jacob Community Service Award and her most recent honor, the Thurgood Marshall Foundation Award. In addition to her philanthropic work through her own foundation, Robinson Peete has also become involved in other organizations. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of Autism Speaks, the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) and the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

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