Phylicia Rashad

Phylicia Rashad
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Rashad in 1998
Phylicia Ayers-Allen

(1948-06-19) June 19, 1948 (age 74)
Alma materHoward University (BFA)
Occupation(s)Actress, singer, director
Years active1972–present
  • William Lancelot Bowles Jr.
    (m. 1972; div. 1975)
  • (m. 1978; div. 1982)
  • (m. 1985; div. 2001)
Children2, including Condola Rashad

Phylicia Rashad (/fɪˈlʃə rəˈʃɑːd/ fih-li-shə rə-shahd) (née Ayers-Allen; born June 19, 1948) is an American actress, singer, and director. She is dean of the College of Fine Arts at Howard University and best known for her role as Clair Huxtable on the sitcom The Cosby Show (1984–1992) which earned her Emmy Award nominations in 1985 and 1986. She also played Ruth Lucas on Cosby (1996–2000). She was dubbed "The Mother of the Black Community" at the 2010 NAACP Image Awards.

In 2004, Rashad 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.[1][2] In 2022, Rashad won her second Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in Dominique Morisseau's Skeleton Crew.[3] Her other Broadway credits include Into the Woods (1988), Jelly's Last Jam (1993), Gem of the Ocean (2004), and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2008). Rashad won a NAACP Image Award when she reprised her A Raisin in the Sun role in the 2008 television adaptation.

She has appeared in the films For Colored Girls (2010), Good Deeds (2012), Creed (2015), and Creed II (2018). She also voiced Brenda Glover on the Nick Jr. animated children's educational television series Little Bill (1999–2004). In the 21st century, she has directed revivals of three plays by August Wilson, in major theaters in Seattle, Princeton, New Jersey; and Los Angeles.

  1. ^ "Rashad makes Tony Awards history". June 6, 2004. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  2. ^ "Tony Awards (official site)". Archived from the original on February 4, 2012.
  3. ^ "Phylicia Rashad Wins Tony for Best Featured Actress for 'Skeleton Crew'". The New York Times. June 13, 2022. Retrieved June 13, 2022.

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