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Beauty Biography of Phylicia Rashad

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.

Phylicia is still active in both the theater and television, winning a Tony, Emmy, and NAACP Image Award for her Broadway and TV roles in A Raisin in the Sun. A supporter of the Fine Arts in Education, Phylicia is also a member of Broadway Inspirational Voices and supports the PRASAD Project, a charitable organization.

With that sparkling smile (her father and first husband were both dentists) and classy hair and makeup, Phylicia never fails to look age appropriate, polished, and sophisticated. In December she was named a spokesperson for Jenny Craig. Of her weight-loss experiences, Rashad recently told ET, "It's not about the way you look, it's about the way you are. It's not about how I look, it's about the way I am." I couldn't agree more.

Mid-1980s, <b>The Cosby Show</b> Photo

The Cosby Kids, Mid-1980s

Mid-1980s, <b>The Cosby Show</b> Photo


1991 Event

2002, <b>A Raisin in the Sun</b>

At a 2001 Luncheon

At a 2006 Premiere

At a Broadway Opening in 2008

At an Event in March, 2009


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Sunglasses Sunglasses 8 years
She was great in the Cosby show.
sloane220 sloane220 8 years
love her, she reminds me of my mom in so many ways and she provided a strong role model to black girls and girls of all races back in the day.
austerity austerity 8 years
She's gorgeous- I remember being awed by her beauty even as a kid.
MissyB1984 MissyB1984 8 years
Love her!! Great choice - a true beauty!
tiabia tiabia 8 years
Such a favorite of mine! She is beautiful, intelligent and just all around fabulous!
sandy82 sandy82 8 years
I loved her on the Cosby Show. I see a lot of celebrities walking around the city but I almost died when I saw Phylicia Rashad on the street. She is so cool!
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
I loved her on the Cosby show too. I liked that she was a working mom but still close to her kids and family.
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
Loved her on the Cosby Show.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Great choice Bella, she is a refreshing actress.
PensaGrey PensaGrey 8 years
My TV mother :D The same people who don't like her don't like Michelle Obama or basically any woman who knows how to be 100% woman and not kiss a man's ass or show theirs to get whatever they need/want from them. 'You can hate me now'... also.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 8 years
I've found that some people never cared for the amount of strength or independence she has (or the characters she portrays has). It's a shame, really. Fabulous!
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
Kim - how is she annoying?
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
She looks fabulous. I have always loved her personal style. Great choice, Bella.
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
love her :)
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 8 years
Great Bella choice: I loved her as Claire Huxtable on the Cosby show growing up. One of my favorite shows to this day. I loved how on the show she portrayed and educated, beautiful, poised and funny African American woman. As a black female I am forever grateful! This was just about the only show on TV at the time where this kind of role model could be found for women of color :)
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
i really liked her as claire huxtable.. i miss that show!
prencesschris prencesschris 8 years
love her.talented.creative.influential.poised. && smart
azulsky azulsky 8 years
Love her. Great pick, she's beautiful, talented and intelligent.
dragonlady920 dragonlady920 8 years
She is very beautiful. I agree--completely a timeless beauty.
KimBurnett KimBurnett 8 years
She is actually annoying.
sofi sofi 8 years
Love her! Great choice :) Very talented woman- loved her most as Mrs. Huxtable :)
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Thanks, snookyx! Fixed.
emalove emalove 8 years
I loved her on the Cosby show too!
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Great choice for a Bella Donna :) Loved her on the Cosby Show!
ShelleyHFan ShelleyHFan 8 years
I loved Phylicia on the Cosby Show growing up, it was so fun to hear her speaking spanish!
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