At the age of eight, Kyla Pratt began appearing in commercials, and guest-starring on shows such as “Friends,” “Family Matters,” “Sister, Sister,” “Moesha” and “Lizzy McGuire.”
Having booked a lead role in “Dr. Dolittle,” opposite Eddie Murphy, she continued to star in each of the film’s sequels, ultimately taking on the main character role, once Murphy departed the franchise. Additional film credits include leading roles in “Love & Basketball,” “Fat Albert” and “Hotel for Dogs.”
On television, Pratt starred in the comedy series “One on One” and “Let’s Stay Together.” She also starred as the voice of “Penny Proud” in the hit animated series “The Proud Family.” In 2021, she will reprise her role in the upcoming reboot “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder.”
Most recently, Pratt starred in the cable series “Recovery Road” and the TV movie “No Time Like Christmas.” She also appeared in the FOX pilot “Patty’s Auto,” created by Darlene Hunt.
Kurtz attended the University of Southern California and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Her distinctive name comes from the B-17, “The Swoose.” The airplane, with its record-setting fame, was flown by her father, Col. Frank Kurtz, who was the most decorated Air Force pilot of World War II. She is the author of her autobiography, “Part Swan, Part Goose.”