|Phylicia Rashad Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 6 in|
|Date of Birth||June 19, 1948|
Phylicia Rashad is an American actor, voiceover artist, singer, and stage director who is known for playing Clair Huxtable in the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show, which earned her Emmy Award nominations in 1985 and 1986. She became the first female black actor in 2004 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. Moreover, she has also been cast in films like Gods Behaving Badly, A Fall from Grace, Soul, Emily & Tim, For Colored Girls, Once Upon a Time…When We Were Colored, and Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey.
Houston, Texas, United States
Phylicia Rashad attended Howard University and graduated magna cum laude in 1970 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Also, she received an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009.
Actor, Voiceover Artist, Singer, Stage Director
- Father – Andrew Arthur Allen (Orthodontist)
- Mother – Vivian Ayers (Pulitzer Prize-nominated Artist, Poet, Playwright, Scholar, Publisher)
- Siblings – Tex (Andrew Arthur Allen, Jr.) (Brother) (Jazz-Musician), Debbie Allen (Younger Sister) (Actor, Choreographer, Dancer, Singer, Songwriter, Television Director, Television Producer, Former member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities), Hugh Allen (Brother) (Real estate banker in North Carolina)
- Others – Lloyd James Allen (Paternal Grandfather), Goldie Matilda Jackson (Paternal Grandmother), Robert D. Ayers, Sr. (Maternal Grandfather), Vivian Graham (Maternal Grandmother), Norm Nixon (Brother-In-Law) (Former Professional Basketball Player), Vivian Nichole Nixon (Niece) (Dancer, Actor), Norman Ellard Nixon Jr. (Nephew) (Basketball Player), DeVaughn Nixon (Nephew) (Actor)
Phylicia Rashad has been signed with Innovative Artists, Talent Agency, Santa Monica, California, United States.
In 2021, her net worth was $25 Million according to CelebrityNetWorth.com.
5 ft 6 in or 167.5 cm
66 kg or 145.5 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Phylicia Rashad has dated –
- William Lancelot Bowles Jr. (1972-1975) – She married dentist William Lancelot Bowles Jr. in 1972 and their son William Lancelot Bowles III was born in 1973. The couple eventually divorced in 1975.
- Victor Willis (1976-1982) – In 1976, she started going out with singer-songwriter and actor Victor Willis, the original lead singer of the Village People. They met during the run of The Wiz and married in 1978. However, the marriage ended in divorce in 1982.
- Ahmad Rashād (1983-2001) – She began dating former NFL wide receiver and sportscaster Ahmad Rashād in 1983 and 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. They tied the knot on December 14, 1985, and this was the third marriage for both of them. Phylicia took his last name and their daughter Condola Phylea Rashād was born on December 11, 1986, in New York. Phylicia and Ahmad Rashād divorced in 2001.
Race / Ethnicity
Phylicia Rashad is of African-American descent.
She has done endorsement work for –
- Pop-Secret Jumbo Pop popcorn (TV Commerical) (1996)
- Liberty Medical (TV Commercial) (2005)
Phylicia Rashad Facts
- Growing up, she shifted with her family to Mexico. Therefore, she is fluent in Spanish.
- She co-starred as Gilda (“Lady in Black”) in the 2010 drama film, For Colored Girls, adapted from Ntozake Shange’s 1975 original choreopoem for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf. This role won Phylicia Rashad the Black Reel Award for “Outstanding Supporting Actress” and she was also nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture” category.
- She has been friends with Marla Gibbs, Florence Henderson, and Barbara Billingsley.
- She is a vegetarian.
- Phylicia Rashad has been a lifelong Democrat.
- For her supportive comments on the release of former co-star Bill Cosby from prison in 2021, Rashad received criticism.
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