Image: Cherie Johnson

A chance occurrence in Houston, Texas, brought a big change to Cherie Johnson’s life. A one-time child actress in Punky Brewster and a star of Family Matters, Johnson has had a taste of fame. But she never imagined the way that she would give back to the community in Houston or what she would spend her days doing.

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A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Johnson saw her name up in lights after uncle David W. Duclon got NBC to run a show that he’d invented: Punky Brewster. Naturally, Johnson was perfect for the role of Cherie since it was based on her own self, and she and the show proved successful. She moved on to Family Matters, where for nine years from 1989 she starred as Maxine Johnson.

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