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Phylicia Rashad

Claire Huxtable in Cosby Show

Photos Phylicia Rashad Birth name: Phylicia Ayers-Allen
Birth date: 1948/06/19 (74 years old)
Birth place : Houston, Texas (USA)

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Biography for Phylicia Rashad

Phylicia Rashad (born Phylicia Ayers-Allen on June 19, 1948 in Houston, Texas) is an African-American activist and actress.

Rashad credits her big break on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live "to the presence of God within me." She is most famous for her role as Bill Cosby's wife and the Huxtable family matriarch on the television show, The Cosby Show, which she considers a good portrayal of an African-American family. She is a graduate of Howard University and later taught drama there.

She is married to television sportscaster Ahmad Rashad since December 14, 1985, after he proposed to her during a football game on Thanksgiving Day 1985. Their daughter, Condola Phylea Rashad, was born on December 11, 1986 in New York.

Rashad's sister is actress and dancer Debbie Allen. She is a prominent member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the oldest historically African-American collegiate sorority.

In 2004, she became the first African-American actress to win the "Best Leading Actress" Award at the Tony Awards, winning for her role in the play, A Raisin in the Sun.

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Filmography

Title Role
Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man (2001) (TV) Cassandra Hawkins
The Old Settler (2001) (TV) Elizabeth
The Visit (2000/I) Dr. Coles
Loving Jezebel (1999) Alice Melville
Free of Eden (1999) (TV) Desiree
Little Bill (1999) TV Series Brenda
Cosby (1996) TV Series Ruth Lucas
The Babysitter's Seduction (1996) (TV) Det. Kate Jacobs
The Possession of Michael D. (1995) (TV) Dr. Marion Hale (Psychiatrist)
Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored (1995) Ma Ponk
TV's Funniest Families (1994) (TV) Host
David's Mother (1994) (TV) Gladys Johnson
Hallelujah (1993) (TV) Mayor Turner
Jailbirds (1991) (TV) Janice Grant
Polly: Comin' Home! (1990) (TV) Aunt Polly
Polly (1989) (TV) Aunt Polly
False Witness (1989) (TV) Lynne Jacobi
Uncle Tom's Cabin (1987) (TV) Eliza
Santa Barbara (1984) TV Series (as Phylicia Ayers-Allen) Felicia Dalton (1985)
The Cosby Show (1984) TV Series Clair Olivia Hanks Huxtable
One Life to Live (1968) TV Series Courtney Wright (1983-1984)
We're Fighting Back (1981) (TV) (as Phylicia Allen)
The Wiz (1978/II) (as Phylicia Ayres Allen) Munchkin/Field Mouse
The Broad Coalition (1972) (as Phylicia Ayers-Allen)

Trivia

Ahmad Rashad proposed to her on live television during the half-time of a football game.

Her ex-husband, Victor Willis, was a lead singer for the Village People.

Sits on the Board of Directors of Atlanta, GA's Alliance Theatre Company, the largest regional theatre in the Southeastern United States.

Taught drama at her alma mater of Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Appears in the video pre-show of the "Dinosaur" ride at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park.

Is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Wears a size 9 shoe.

Phylicia's "The Cosby Show" (1984) matriarch, Claire Huxtable, was voted "TV mom closest to your own mom in spirit" by an Opinion Research Corporation poll in April of 2004.

sister-in-law of Norman Nixon.

Nominated for a 2004 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actress in a play for "A Raisin in the Sun" on Broadway.

Tied for the 2004 Drama Desk award for Best Actress in a play for "A Raisin in the Sun" with Viola Davis for "Intimate Apparel".

Became the first African-American actress to win the Best Actress (Play) Tony Award for her 2004 performance as Lena Younger in a revival of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun". Several Black women have won in the Best Actress (Musical) category, including the late Virginia Capers, who won in 1973 for her portrayal of Lena in the musical adaptation of Hansberry's play called "Raisin."

She speaks Spanish fluently.

Family

Spouse : Ahmad Rashad (14 December 1985 - February 2001) (divorced) 1 child, Victor Willis (28 April 1978 - 1980) (divorced), William Lancelot Bowles Jr.(1972 - 1975) (divorced) 1 child

Her father and first husband were both dentists.

Sister of Debbie Allen

Author of the card

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