Then: Rain Pryor played street-smart tough girl Theola June “T.J.” Jones on ‘Head of the Class.’ It was her first professional acting role, which was based on a series of characters she performed for the show’s producers at her audition.

Now: Pryor is a spokesperson for the fight against Multiple Sclerosis, the disease that took her famous father Richard Pryor. She continues to act, and will appear in the upcoming TV movie adaptation of the 2008 election book 'Game Change.' The 42-year-old is an accomplished jazz singer, and has also toured with her one-woman show 'Fried Chicken and Latkes,' which is based on her experiences being half-black and half-Jewish.

More From TheFW