Phylicia Rashad

Phylicia Rashad


6/19/1948, Houston, Texas (USA)

Birth Name

Phylicia Ayers-Allen



Also Known As

Phylicia Allen, Phylicia Ayres Allen, Phylicia Ayers-Allen
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Is an American activist and actress, known for her role as Clair Huxtable in the 1980s television series, The Cosby Show.

Rashad first became notable on the stage with a string of Broadway credits, including a role in the company of the Tony Award-winning musical Dreamgirls and…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Phylicia has been nominated for three Emmy Awards. In 2008, she was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for Raisin In The Sun. In 1985 and 1986, she was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for The Cosby Show.

    • Rashad has been immortalized with a caricature at the famous New York restaurant, Sardi's.

    • Phylicia and her husband Ahmad Rashad had a daughter named Condola who was born on December 11, 1986; 3 days before the Rashads' first wedding anniversary.

    • Children: Son Billy born in 1973 Father: William Lancelot Bowles Jr., Daughter Condola Phylea born December 11, 1986 Father: Ahmad Rashad, 3 stepchildren (Ahmad's children): daughter Keva born in 1970, daughter Maiysha born in 1974) and son Ahmad Jr. born in 1978.

    • Phylicia speaks fluent Spanish.

    • Phylicia says she doesn't like shoe shopping as she is a bit embarrassed at her shoe size which is a 9.

    • Phylicia was a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority when she was in college.

    • Phylicia taught drama before she broke into acting at Howard University.

    • Phylicia first husband, Victor Wills was the lead singer to the musical group The Village People.

    • Phylicia has a sister in show business as well. She is Debbie Allen.

    • Dentistry was common in the household. Phylicia's dad and first husband were both dentists.

    • Phylicia married Ahmad Rashad on December 14, 1985. Their daughter, Condola Phylea Rashad, was born on December 11, 1986.

    • Phylicia married Victor Willis on April 28, 1978 and they divorced in 1980.

    • Phylicia married William Lancelot Bowles Jr. in 1972 and they divorced in 1975. They had one child together.

    • In the TV series Blossom Phylicia played Blossom's mom in a dream sequence.

    • When the character of Denise left the Cosby Show to start her own spin off called Different World Phylicia crossed over many times on the new show continuing her role as Clair.

    • Phylicia played Clair Hanks Huxtable on the TV series The Cosby Show from 1984 until 1992.

    • Phylicia appeared on the TV series Touched By An Angel several times.

    • Phylicia sang the song Silver Bells on the Bob Hope Christmas show in 1993.

    • Phylicia appeared many times on Intimate Portrait as a guest star.

    • In 2002 Phylicia was on The Cosby Show: A Look Back as her character Clair Huxtable.

    • Phylicia won the Tony for her role in A Raisin in the Sun.

    • Phylicia was nominated for Best Performance by leading Actress at the 59 Annual Tony Awards.

    • Phylicia was the co executive producer on the TV series PBS Hollywood Presents in 2001.

    • Phylicia appeared in the movie The Old Settler as the character of Elisabeth.

    • Phylicia played Cassandra Hawkins on an episode of Murder She Wrote The Last Free Man in 2001.

    • Phylicia was the host of the TV series Character Studies in 2005.

    • During Season 3 of The Cosby Show, Phylicia was pregnant, and to cover it up, raised the counters in the kitchen of the house, always had her walking with something in front of her, and made a hole through the middle of her bed so that her stomach looked like it was level with everything else.

    • Phylicia attended, Howard University.

    • Phylicia was named #104 out of 137 on Entertainment Weekly's Must List (2004).

    • Phylicia was the first black actress to win a the Tony for Best Leading Actress!

    • Phylicia went to Jack Yates Sr. High in Houston.

    • Ahmad Rashad was doing the New York Jets-Detroit Lions game on Thanksgiving Day while Phylicia had done the Macy's Parade on NBC. On NFL '85, Ahmad asked Bob Costas to relay a message to Phylicia , asking her to marry him. At halftime, she came by the studio & told him yes!

  • Quotes

    • Phylicia Rashad: 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.

    • Phylicia Rashad: Well, she's very different from me; beating up one's children is something we definitely do not have in common. The funny thing is, my mother always says that I'm playing her. Let's see what she says after seeing this

    • Phylicia Rashad: I don't choose to take a role to prove to someone what I can do. It's an August Wilson play. I met with the playwright, I read for the playwright. In my career, that's like meeting Bill Cosby — meeting him is enough for me

    • Phylicia Rashad: He conveys the poetry, the natural rhythms, of his characters' speech. Everything - emotion, movement, thought, intention - is inherent in that rhythm. Actors sometimes like to dissect, to analyze, to do all those things actors are taught to do. But those things don't put me closer to this work's heart. I have to surrender all that. It's like going to a lake or a swimming pool. You just have to dive in, to immerse yourself. Working in his plays requires a different kind of skill. It's as if you would become a talking drum

    • Phylicia Rashad: 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.

    • Phylicia Rashad: 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.

  • Phylicia Rashad is simply the best actress ever!!!!!!!!!!

    Ms. Phylicia Rashad Born June 19, 1948 to Mr. and Ms. Author Allen. Phylicia was inspired at the tender age of twelve years old to become an actress. Phylicia then became interested in theatre and enjoy watching her mother perform as a poet and singer/songwriter. Born Phylicia Ayers-Allen in Houston, Texas, this multi-talented performer is a magna cum laude graduate of Howard University. After college, Phylicia pursued an acting career in New York, where she was featured in such productions as The Cherry Orchard and Weep Not for Me. Her first appearance was a 1976 guest spot on Delvecchio.

    Phylicia married William Bowles in 1972. They’re marriage ended in 1973, out of this marriage came Phylicia’s first child Billy Bowles. Phylicia then married Victor Willis in 1975. One year later they divorced. In 1985 Phylicia then married Ahmad Rashad, they had a Daughter who they named Phylea Rashad. She also has a daughter who lives in Houston TX her name is Brianna.