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Phylicia Rashad Biography
Phylicia Rashad born as Phylicia Ayers Allen is an American actress, singer and stage director. She is best known for her role as Clair Huxtable on the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show (1984–92), which earned her Emmy Award nominations in 1985 and 1986. She was nicknamed “The Mother” of the black community at the 2010 NAACP Image Awards.
Rashad in 2004 she became the first black actress to win the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play, which she won for her role in the revival of A Raisin in the Sun. Her other largery known credits include Into the Woods (1988), Jelly’s Last Jam (1993), Gem of the Ocean (2004), and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2008). In the 2008 television adaptation she won a NAACP Image Award when she reprised her A Raisin in the Sun role . She has also appeared in the films For Colored Girls (2010), Good Deeds (2012), Creed (2015), and Creed II (2018).
Phylicia Rashad Age
Rashad was born on June 19, 1948 in in Houston, Texas. She is 71 years old as of 2019.
Phylicia Rashad Family |Phylicia Rashad Parents
Rashad was born in Houston, Texas on June 19, 1948. She is a daughter to Vivian and Andrew Arthur Allen. Her mother, Vivian Ayers was born in 1923. She is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated artist, poet, playwright, scholar, and publisher. Her father, Andrew Arthur Allen, was born in 1921 and died in 1984, was an orthodontist. Rashad has 3 siblings jazz-musician brother Tex (Andrew Arthur Allen, Jr., born 1945), sister Debbie Allen (born 1950), an actress, choreographer, and director, and brother Hugh Allen (a real estate banker in North Carolina). Rashad’s family moved to Mexico while he was growing up this makes her speak Spanish fluently.
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Debbie Allen And Phylicia Rashad |Phylicia Rashad Sister
Debbie Allen is sister to Phylicia Rashad. Rashad in 2008 she starred on Broadway as Big Mama in an all African-American production of Tennessee Williams’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Cat on a Hot Tin Roof directed by her sister Debbie Allen. She appeared alongside stage veterans James Earl Jones (Big Daddy) and Anika Noni Rose (Maggie), as well as film actor Terence Howard, who made his Broadway debut as Brick. She appeared as Violet Weston, the drug-addicted matriarch of Tracy Lett’s award-winning play August: Osage County at the Music Box Theatre.
Phylicia Rashad Education
Rashad attended Howard University, graduating magna cum laude in 1970 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She was initiated into the Alpha Chapter during her tenure at Howard University.
Phylicia Rashad Husband |Phylicia Rashad Children |Phylicia Rashad Daughter |Phylicia Rashad Son |Phylicia Rashad Divorce
Rashad had been married and divorced three times . In 1972 she married his first husband dentist William Lancelot Bowles, Jr. The two had one son, William Lancelot Bowles III, who was born the following year. Their marriage ended in 1975. In 1978 she married Victor Willis (original lead singer of the Village People, whom she met during the run of The Wiz) . In 1982 their divorce was finalized.
On December 14, 1985 Rashad married former NFL wide receiver and sportscaster Ahmad Rashād who was her third husband and her third marriage for both of them and she took his last name. They were married after he proposed to her during a pregame show for a nationally televised Thanksgiving Day football game between the New York Jets and the Detroit Lions on November 28, 1985. Their daughter, Condola Phyleia Rashād, was born on December 11, 1986 in New York. The couple divorced in early 2001.
Phylicia Rashad Dating
Rashad is currently single and there is no information of her dating.
Phylicia Rashad Movies And Tv Shows
2015 – Emily & Tim as Emily Hanratty
2015 – Creed as Mary Anne Creed
2013 – Gods Behaving Badly as Demeter
2012 – Good Deeds as Wililemma
2010 – Just Wright as Ella McKnight
2010 – Frankie and Alice as Edna
2010 – For Colored Girls as Gilda
1999 – Loving Jezebel as Alice Melville
1995 – Once Upon a Time…When We Were Colored as Ma Ponk
2017 – Tour de Pharmacy as Victoria Young
2017 – Jean-Claude Van Johnson as Jane
2016–17 – Empire as Diana DuBois
2014 – Sofia the First as Glacia the Ice Witch (voice)
2013 – Do No Harm as Dr. Vanessa Young
2012–13 – The Cleveland Show as Dee Dee Tubbs (voice)
2012 – Steel Magnolias as Clairee
2008 – A Raisin in the Sun as Lena Younger
2008 – The Life & Times of Tim as The Boss’s Wife (voice)
2007–14 – Psych as Winnie Guster
2007 – Working in the Theatre as Actor
2007 – Everybody Hates Chris as Kathleen Devereaux
2001 – Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man as Cassandra Hawkins
2001 – The Old Settler as Elizabeth
2000 – Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child as Lady Fulten (voice)
1999–2004 – Little Bill as Brenda (voice)
1999 – Free of Eden as Desiree
1998 – Intimate Portrait as Herself/Narrator
1996–2000 – Cosby as Ruth Lucas
1996 – The Babysitter’s Seduction as Detective Kate Jacobs
1995 – The Possession of Michael D as Dr. Marion Hale
1995 – In the House as Rowena
1994–2002 – Touched by an Angel as Elizabeth Jessup
1994 – David’s Mother as Gladys Johnson
1994 – Ghostwriter – Herself
1993 – American Playhouse as Mayor Turner
1991 – Jailbirds as Janice Grant
1991 – Blossom as Blossom’s Dream Mom
1990 – Reading Rainbow as Herself
1990 – Polly: Comin’ Home! as Polly
1990 -The Earth Day Special as Clair Hanks Huxtable
1989 – False Witness as Lynne Jacobi
1989 – Polly as Aunt Polly
1988–90 – A Different World as Clair Hanks Huxtable
1988 – Mickey’s 60th Birthday as Herself
1987 – Uncle Tom’s Cabin as Eliza
1985 – Santa Barbara as Felicia Dalton
1985 – The Love Boat as Lonette Becker
1984–92 -The Cosby Show as Clair Hanks Huxtable
1983–84 – One Life to Live as Courtney Wright
1976 – Delvecchio as Ventita Ray
Phylicia Rashad Net Worth
Rashad is an American Tony Award winning actress and singer who has a net worth of $55 million.
Phylicia Rashad Bill Cosby
Joining the cast of the ABC soap opera One Life to Live to play publicist Courtney Wright in 1983 gave Rashad a career boost. She is well known for the role of attorney Clair Huxtable on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show. This show rans from 1984 to 1992 and starred by Bill Cosby as obstetrician Heathcliff “Cliff” Huxtable, and focused on their life with their five children. Rashad co-hosted the NBC telecast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with Pat Sajak and Bert Convy in 1985.
In 1996 when Cosby returned to TV comedy with CBS’s Cosby, he called Rashad to play Ruth Lucas, his character’s wife. The pilot episode had been shot with Telma Hopkins, but Cosby then fired the executive producer and replaced Hopkins with Rashad. The sitcom ran from 1996 to 2000. That year, Cosby asked Rashad to work on his animated television series Little Bill, in which the actress voiced Bill’s mother, Brenda, until the show’s end in 2004. She also played a role in the pre-show of the Dinosaur ride at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom theme park as Dr. Helen Marsh, the head of the Dino Institute.
Actress Phylicia Rashad
Rashad was the first black actress of any nationality to win the Best Actress (Play) Tony Award, which she won for her 2004 performance as Lena Younger in a revival of the play A Raisin in the Sun by playwright Lorraine Hansberry. She was nominated for the same award the following year, for Gem of the Ocean. 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, entitled Raisin. Rashad also won the 2004 Drama Desk award for Best Actress in a Play for A Raisin in the Sun by tying (split award) with Viola Davis for the play Intimate Apparel.
Phylicia Rashad Quotes
These are some of the quotes by Rashad;
- Any time women come together with a collective intention, it’s a powerful thing. Whether it’s sitting down making a quilt, in a kitchen preparing a meal, in a club reading the same book, or around the table playing cards, or planning a birthday party, when women come together with a collective intention, magic happens.
- Loving oneself isn’t hard, when you understand who and what ‘yourself’ is. It has nothing to do with the shape of your face, the size of your eyes, the length of your hair or the quality of your clothes. It’s so beyond all of those things and it’s what gives life to everything about you. Your own self is such a treasure.
- The stubbornness I had as a child has been transmitted into perseverance. I can let go but I don’t give up. I don’t beat myself up about negative things.
- I am having a good time doing nothing.
- Success for me means being able to work. I don’t look at so much at what I’ve done as much as I look to what I will do.
- There’s always something to suggest that you’ll never be who you wanted to be. Your choice is to take it or keep on moving.
- What he showed me was not what I had to get, but what I already have. I am just myself, and who I am is a lot.
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Phylicia Rashad Speaking Spanish
Ayers moved her family to Mexico when racism prevented Debbie from finding a position at a ballet school in Texas. They lived in Mexico for two years before a position finally opened up in Houston, and as a result both Phylicia and Debbie speak fluent Spanish. Rashād’s fluency in Spanish was actually a major part of her being cast on The Cosby Show.
Phylicia Rashad Religion
Rashad has never talked about her religion.