Phylicia Rashad is an actress and singer from the United States. She is best known for her role as Clair Huxtable on the NBC comedy The Cosby Show, which she played from 1984 to 1992 and for which she was nominated for Emmy Awards in 1985 and 1986.
At the 2010 NAACP Image Awards, she was labelled as The Mother of the Black Community. She was also the first black actress to win a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in the production of A Raisin in the Sun.
|Life & Career|
Phylicia was born in Houston, Texas, on June 19, 1948. Vivian Ayers, a Pulitzer Prize nominated artist, dramatist, poet, academic, and publisher, is her mother. Andrew Arthur Allen was her father’s name, and he was an orthodontist.
Phylicia’s brother is a jazz musician and her sister is an actress, choreographer and director. Her family relocated to Mexico when she was young, and as a result, she is proficient in Spanish.
She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Howard University and graduated magna cum laude in 1970. She is also a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, which she was initiated into.
In terms of her film and television career, she was a member of the cast of the ABC serial opera One Life to Live, where she played Courtney Wright, a publicist, in 1983. She is best recognized for her role as Clair Huxtable, an attorney on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show.
She co hosted the NBC programme of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with Pat Sajak and Bert Convy in 1985, and the show ran from 1984 through 1992.
In 2007, Rashad reprised her role as an affluent mother in Kill Moves on Everybody Hates Crisis. She also played Winnie Guster in the Psych episode Gus’s Dad May Have Killed an Old Guy, in which she played Winnie Guster.
In Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls, she played Gilda in the ensemble cast. She appeared in another Tyler Perry film, Good Deeds, later in 2012. She also starred as Clairee Belcher in the adaptation of Steel Magnolias in 2012. She played Shelah in The Public Theatre’s production of Head of Passes. Her performance was well received by the audience.
|Personal Life & Relationships|
Phylicia married William Lancelot Bowles who was a dentist. William Lancelot Bowles, their only child, was born to them. In the same year, he was born. However, the couple divorced in 1975, and she married Victor Willis in 1978. In 1978, they divorced as well.
In the year 1985, she married Ahmad Rashad, a former NFL wide receiver. Condola Phylea Rashad was born in 1986 in New York to her third husband, but the pair split in early 2001.
As of January 2022, Phylicia Rashad’s net worth is believed to be approximately $60 million. Her cinematic roles account for the majority of her financial wealth. Many people respected and loved her for her part in The Cosby Show.
Phylicia has amassed a sizable fortune via her films and television series, with a large portion of her earnings coming from royalties.