Holly Elizabeth Robinson Peete (born September 18, 1964) is an American actress and singer. In 1969, she made her first TV appearance by playing a little girl named Sally on the very first episode of Sesame Street.At the age of 11 Holly worked for the children’s show Kidsworld as a celebrity correspondent;she interviewed many actors and actresses for the program. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Judy Hoffs on the Fox TV police drama 21 Jump Street, Vanessa Russell on the ABC sitcom Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, and Dr. Malena Ellis on the NBC/WB sitcom For Your Love.
Peete served as one of the original five co-hosts of the CBS daytime talk show The Talk. She was not asked back for the show’s second season.
Peete’s children’s book, “My Brother Charlie”, won her an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in March 2011