Bella Donna: Phylicia Rashad Come on, admit it. When you hear the name Phylicia Rashad, you can't help but get all nostalgic. I know I do. The actress, who started her career in the theater in the 1970s, moved to the soaps in the early '80s, when she portrayed a lawyer on One Life to Live. Best remembered for her role as the no-nonsense mom and attorney Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show, Phylicia is one timeless beauty.