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.
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.