Phylicia Rashad

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Phylicia Rashad
Birth name Phylicia Ayers-Allen
Born June 19, 1948 in Houston, Texas, USA
Sometimes credited as Phylicia Ayers Allen,
Phylicia Ayers-Allen
Notable Roles Clair Huxtable in The Cosby Show
Notable Episodes
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Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
The Cosby Show Clair Huxtable 1984–1992 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Cosby Ruth Lucas 1996–2000 1 2 3 4
Do No Harm Vanessa Young 2013 1

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
A Different World Clair Huxtable 1x19 - Clair's Last Stand March 24, 1988
A Different World Clair Huxtable 2x13 - Risky Business February 2, 1989
A Different World Clair Huxtable 3x05 - Forever Hold Your Peace November 2, 1989
A Different World Clair Huxtable 3x15 - Success, Lies and Videotape February 8, 1990
Blossom Blossom's Mom 1x01 - Blossom Blossoms January 3, 1991
Touched by an Angel Elizabeth Jessup 1x03 - Tough Love October 12, 1994
In the House Rowena 2x07 - Sister Act: The Episode November 6, 1995
Touched by an Angel Elizabeth 8x12 - The Last Chapter January 12, 2002
Everybody Hates Chris Kathleen Deveraux 3x10 - Everybody Hates Kwanzaa December 10, 2007

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
The Debbie Allen Special Herself March 5, 1989
Polly Aunt Polly November 12, 1989 The Wonderful World of Disney
Polly Comin' Home Aunt Polly November 18, 1990 The Wonderful World of Disney
Lena Younger February 25, 2008 A Raisin in the Sun

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
The New Hollywood Squares September 8-12, 1986

Memorable Moments

Awards and Accolades

Tony Awards

  • Won: Best Leading Actress in a Play (2004)
A Raisin in the Sun


  • Sister of Debbie Allen
  • Married her first husband, dentist William Lancelot Bowles, Jr. in 1972; they had a son, William Lancelot Bowles III (born in 1973); divorced in 1975
  • Married her second husband, Victor Willis (who was the original lead singer of the Village People; divorced in 1982
  • Married her third husband, Ahmad Rashad in 1985; they have a daughter Condola Rashad (born in December of 1986); divorced in 2001
  • Moved to Mexico as a child with her family to escape racism in America at the time
  • Is fluent in Spanish
  • Graduated from Howard University in 1970 magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree