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Phylicia Rashad is an Toby-winning African American actress who is best known as Clair Huxtable on NBC sitcom The Cosby Show.
In an age when the sitcom began to die out and dramas were a more popular genre of television, Bill Cosby reinvented a simplistic yet captivating version of the sitcom with "The Cosby Show."
Bill Cosby is best known for his time transforming television history as Heathcliff Huxtable on the hit television series "The Cosby Show."
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Actress. Born Phylicia Ayers-Allen on June 19, 1948 in Houston, Texas. The daughter of a dentist and graduate of Howard University, Rashad made her television debut in 1978's The Wiz. She is best known to American audiences for her portrayal of mother and attorney Clair Huxtable on the seminal '80s hit The Cosby Show. She stayed with the sitcom for its eight-year run from 1984 to 1992.
Rashad continued to appear on television throughout the 1990s, often in made-for-TV movies that ranged from ill-conceived thrillers like The Babysitter's Seduction to more dramatic fare that ran close to Rashad's heart, including Uncle Tom's Cabin and Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored.
Rashad has performed in numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway shows throughout her career, including Jelly's Last Jam and Dreamgirls. In 2003, she won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Lena Younger in A Raisin in the Sun, becoming the first black woman to win the coveted honor for a dramatic lead role. in 2008, she revisited the role in a television adaption for which she earned the 2009 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special.
Rashad's sister is choreographer and actress Debbie Allen. She was married to Village People member Victor Willis in 1975 and to Minnesota Viking and sports announcer Ahmad Rashad from 1985 to 2001.
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In the 1980s, TV moms began juggling family life with professional careers. Phylicia Rashad played lawyer and mom to a big family on The Cosby Show, and Candace Bergen portrayed a TV news anchor who has an unplanned pregnancy out of wedlock. Judith Light played a busy, single advertising executive on Who's the Boss, and even hired a male housekeeper—who happened to be a single dad. Joanna Kerns played the much-loved mom on Growing Pains, whose husband worked from home so she could go back to working as a reporter. This bending of gender roles reflected more modern family structures, and the new choices that women faced.
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