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The Cosby Show

Phylicia Rashad

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 TimeĀ… 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

Sunday
October 26
6:00pm
Halloween
Vanessa is "batty" over cute classmate Robert and plans all sorts of romantic schemes for her upcoming Halloween party.
TV-G
6:32pm
Rudy Suits Up
Clair worries about Rudy's safety when the youngest Huxtable becomes the star of the local pee-wee football team.
TV-G
7:05pm
Denise Drives
Newly licensed driver Denise is annoyed when Cliff puts the brakes on her car-buying plans.
TV-G
7:43pm
Theo and Cockroach
Theo and his friend Cockroach exhaust the Huxtable family's intellectual resources as they prepare for an important test on Macbeth.
TV-G
8:21pm
The Dentist
Rudy's frightened friend Peter hides at the Huxtable house to avoid a trip to the dentist. Guest Star: Danny Kaye
TV-G
Sunday
November 2
6:00am
Play It Again, Russell
The family worries that Russell is losing his musical chops after a disappointing performance with his old band.
TV-G
6:36am
Full House
An overworked and exhausted Cliff's plans for sleeping late are thwarted by his ever-present family.
TV-G
7:12am
Close To Home
A colleague's family problems give Cliff a renewed appreciation of his own home life.
TV-G
7:48am
A Touch of Wonder
A car accident on an icy road alarms the Huxtables -- until they learn that the passenger in the other car is Stevie Wonder.
TV-G
8:24am
Theo's Holiday
The Huxtables decide to teach Theo some lessons about money and real life.
TV-G
4:00pm
An Early Spring
As math teacher Mrs. Westlake prepares to give birth, Theo and Cockroach struggle with preparing for a tough test.
TV-G
4:30pm
The Card Game
Cliff's college English professor, volunteers to fill in for an important pinochle game against Cliff's father.
TV-G
5:00pm
Off to the Races
Cliff and his college track rival Tailwind Turner team up for a charity race and find themselves facing a former Olympic medalist.
TV-G
5:30pm
Denise's Decision
Denise prepares to make her final decision about where she will attend college.
TV-G
6:00pm
Bring 'Em Back Alive
The Huxtable home is invaded by an elusive garter snake.
TV-G
6:32pm
A Touch of Wonder
A car accident on an icy road alarms the Huxtables -- until they learn that the passenger in the other car is Stevie Wonder.
TV-G
7:05pm
Theo's Holiday
The Huxtables decide to teach Theo some lessons about money and real life.
TV-G