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  • Real name : Phylicia Ayers-Allen
  • Date of birth : 19/06/1948

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  • Rashād Phylicia

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Phylicia Rashād (1948)

Phylicia Ayers-Allen

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Phylicia Rashād (born Phylicia Ayers-Allen; June 19, 1948) is an American Tony Award winning actress and singer, best known for her role as Clair Huxtable on the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show.

In 2004, Rashād became the first African-American actress to win the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, for her role in the revival of A Raisin in the Sun.

She resumed the role in the 2008 television adaptation of A Raisin in the Sun, which earned her the 2009 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special.

Rashād was dubbed "the mother" of the African American community at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards.

In 2011, she was named the first Denzel Washington Chair professor in Theatre at Fordham University, supported by a $2 million gift from the actor.

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 early life
Rashād was born in Lake Arthur, Louisiana. Her mother, Vivian Ayers , was a Pulitzer-prize nominated artist, poet, playwright, scholar, and publisher. Her father, Andrew Arthur Allen , was an orthodontist and dentist. Rashād's siblings are jazz-musician brother Tex , sister Debbie Allen , an actress, choreographer, and director, and brother Hugh Allen . While Rashād was growing up, her family moved to Mexico, and as a result, Rashād speaks Spanish fluently.

She graduated from Howard University, where she later taught and was a member of Campus Pals and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Rashād first became notable on the stage with a string of Broadway credits, including Deena Jones in Dreamgirls (she was Sheryl Lee Ralph's understudy until she left the show in 1982 after Rashād was passed over as Ralph's full-time replacement) and playing a Munchkin in The Wiz. In 1978, she released the album Josephine Superstar, a disco Concept album telling the life story of Josephine Baker. The album was mainly written and produced by Jacques Morali and Rashād's second husband Victor Willis, original lead singer and lyricist of the Village People. She met Willis while they were both cast in The Wiz. Rashād received another career boost when she joined the cast of the ABC soap opera One Life to Live in 1983.

 personal life
Rashād's first marriage, in 1972, was to dentist William Lancelot Bowles, Jr. They had one son, William Lancelot Bowles III, who was born the following year. The marriage ended in 1975. Rashād then married Victor Willis in 1978. Their divorce was finalized in 1982.

She married former NFL wide receiver and sportscaster Ahmad Rashād on December 14, 1985. It was a third marriage for both of them and she took his last name. They were married after 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. Their daughter, Condola Phyleia Rashād, was born on December 11, 1986 in New York City. Along with her son, William, Rashād also has three stepchildren (Ahmad's from a previous marriage): daughters Keva and Maiysha , and son Ahmad Jr. . The couple divorced in early 2001 but she kept the name Rashād.

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