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Phylicia Rashad

The Cosby Show

Phylicia Rashad

Clair Hanks Huxtable

Clair Hanks Huxtable

Phylicia Rashad is a multi-talented performer and a magna cum laude graduate of Howard University. After college, Phylicia pursued an acting career in New York, where she was featured in such productions as The Cherry Orchard and Weep Not For Me. Her first TV appearance was a 1976 guest spot on Delvecchio. From 1983 to 1984, she portrayed Courtney Wright on the daytime soap One Life to Live. But it was her characterization of successful attorney and mother Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show that catapulted Phylicia to worldwide TV fame. Her natural elegance and chemistry with co-star Bill Cosby ensured her place in television history.

Post-Cosby Show, Phylicia appeared in several made-for-TV projects, including The Babysitter's Seduction and The Possession of Michael D. She was also featured in the film Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored. In 1996, she once again played Bill Cosby's onscreen wife in the successful sitcom Cosby, which ran from 1996 to 2000.

She continues to act in television and film, most recently in the TV movies The Old Settler and The Last Free Man. She has also kept up her theatrical work, both as a performer and a teacher at her alma mater. Rashad is active in such charities as the Diabetes Association and the Educational Teachers Association.

Character Bio

The love of Cliff's life and the mother of his children, Clair is beautiful, successful and smart. In addition to being mom to five kids, Clair still has time to be a successful and accomplished attorney. She is extremely strong-willed -- which comes in handy when dealing with the pressures of work and family. She is also amazingly adept at dealing with her eccentric husband. Through trials, tribulations and time, Cliff and Clair are a loving and devoted couple.

The Cosby Show TV Schedule

Thursday
April 24
3:12am
THEOGATE
Clair stages a mock trial to get to the bottom of Theo's flimsy excuse for arriving home late.
TV-G
3:49am
IT AIN'T EASY BEING GREEN
Rudy is sick of being too young to make her own decisions about her clothing.
TV-G
Friday
April 25
3:12am
IT AIN'T EASY BEING GREEN
Rudy is sick of being too young to make her own decisions about her clothing.
TV-G
3:49am
CLIFF'S MISTAKE
The Huxtable kids put together a Halloween haunted house.
TV-G
Saturday
April 26
3:00am
CLIFF'S MISTAKE
The Huxtable kids put together a Halloween haunted house.
TV-G
3:30am
SHAKESPEARE
Theo and Cockroach turn to Cliff's party guests for help with their assignment about Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.
TV-G
4:00am
THAT'S NOT WHAT I SAID
Theo has a brush with the law; Cliff and Clair lash out at one another.
TV-G
4:30am
AUTUMN GIFTS
The Huxtables join forces to convince an ailing neighbor to take her medication.
TV-G
5:00am
LOOKING BACK, Part One
Elvin storms over to the Huxtable household where he gets some valuable insight into the family's history.
TV-G
5:30am
LOOKING BACK, Part Two
Flashbacks of previous episodes continue as the Huxtables tell Elvin about the family's history.
TV-G
6:00am
WHERE'S RUDY?
During the annual produce contest at the mall, Theo and Vanessa manage to misplace Rudy.
TV-G
6:30am
DANCE MANIA
Clair gets Theo and Cockroach tickets to a TV dance show.
TV-G
7:00am
SHAKESPEARE
Theo and Cockroach turn to Cliff's party guests for help with their assignment about Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.
TV-G
7:30am
THAT'S NOT WHAT I SAID
Theo has a brush with the law; Cliff and Clair lash out at one another.
TV-G
9:00am
AUTUMN GIFTS
The Huxtables join forces to convince an ailing neighbor to take her medication.
TV-G
9:36am
LOOKING BACK, Part One
Elvin storms over to the Huxtable household where he gets some valuable insight into the family's history.
TV-G
10:12am
LOOKING BACK, Part Two
Flashbacks of previous episodes continue as the Huxtables tell Elvin about the family's history.
TV-G
10:48am
WHERE'S RUDY?
During the annual produce contest at the mall, Theo and Vanessa manage to misplace Rudy.
TV-G
11:24am
DANCE MANIA
Clair gets Theo and Cockroach tickets to a TV dance show.
TV-G