Why ‘Cosby Show’ Star Keshia Knight Pulliam Left Hollywood to Live on a Farm

Keshia Knight Pulliam
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Keshia Knight Pulliam became famous as the adorable Rudy Huxtable on The Cosby Show and built a very successful acting career. Pulliam decided to completely change her lifestyle after meeting the love of her life, her husband Brad James. The two got close while playing siblings in a Lifetime movie called Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta. They got married in 2021 and had a son named Knight. Pulliam also shares a five-year-old daughter, Ella Grace with her ex-husband Ed Hartwell.

When Pulliam was pregnant with her son, the family decided to take some time away from Hollywood to enjoy their growing family. They traded in the hustle and bustle for the quiet farm life in Atlanta. When Pulliam was getting ready to go back to work, the SAG-AFTRA strike began and is still ongoing at the time of publication. Pulliam said that they are now updating their farm, adding a greenhouse, chickens, and goats.


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She shared, “I never imagined taking time off to have my son and then when it was time to come back, the whole industry would be shut down. Luckily those things were outside of the scope of the strike, but it’s definitely been nice to have more family time.”

THE WAITING ROOM, Keshia Knight Pulliam, (Episode 2 segment: Bonded: The Story of Kendall), 2019.

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In addition to taking time away to live an off-grid life, Pulliam is partnering with the Breast Cancer Research Fund. She said her family was the reason she decided to get involved with the charity. She explained, “I have one grandmother who is a breast cancer survivor and a great grandmother who lost her battle with breast cancer. I’ve had girlfriends who are breast cancer survivors. It’s just really important to me to get the message out that you need to start doing your screenings and doing them earlier. I want to encourage women to get your yearly physical, do your self breast exams and get your mammograms. It’s worth it to do the things we know we can to have the information early.”

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