Olivia Kendall (Raven Symone) on "The Cosby Show"
|Precocious young daughter of Martin and stepdaugther of Denise who appears on the series|
|Related to:||Martin Kendall (father) |
Denise Huxtable-Kendall (step mother)
Cliff Huxtable (step grandfather)
Clair Huxtable (step grandmother in-law)
Sondra Tibideaux (step aunt)
Elvin Tibideaux (step uncle in-law)
Vanessa Huxtable (aunt in-law)
Rudy Huxtable (aunt in-law)
|Appeared on:||The Cosby Show|
|Episodes appeared in:||63 episodes in Seasons 6-8|
|Character played by:||Raven-Symoné|
Olivia Symoné Kendall (born December 10, 1985) is Denise Huxtable's precocious stepdaughter, who is four years old when she first appears in the series. Olivia is the only child of Martin and Paula Kendall. After a few years of marriage, her parents divorced, and her mother, Paula, gave Martin full custody, as she felt overwhelmed by marriage and motherhood. Olivia was then raised by her grandparents and father.
When Olivia was almost five years old, her father Martin married Denise Huxtable, whom he met in Africa. The new family moved in with Denise's parents, Clair and Cliff Huxtable, who are now Olivia's step-grandparents. Martin, as a Naval officer, is required to travel a lot, so for a while, Olivia was unable to spend time with him. During his absences, her stepmother, Denise, raised her. Olivia continued to live with her step-grandparents while her parents were in Singapore during the final season.
- The character was named after Bill Cosby's wife, Camille Olivia Hanks-Cosby.
- Olivia calls her step-mom Denise rather than "Mom" or "Mommy".
- Olivia rarely seems sad that her Mom is gone.