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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

Sunday
April 20
12:00pm
CLIFF'S 50TH BIRTHDAY
Denise and Sondra return home to help the Huxtable family celebrate Cliff's half-century birthday.
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12:30pm
I KNOW THAT YOU KNOW
The family tries to hide Sondra and Elvin's news about their engagement from Cliff.
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1:00pm
THE ANDALUSLAN FLU
When both Cliff and Clair come down with the flu, Theo takes over the head of the household.
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1:30pm
BALD AND BEAUTIFUL
Cliff visits with old friend Scott Kelly, whose recent heart attack has caused him to change his entire personality.
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2:00pm
PLANNING PARENTHOOD
Clair's sister arrives for a visit and announces her desire to have a baby.
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Tuesday
April 22
3:00am
HILLMAN
The Huxtable family visits Denise at Hillman to pay tribute to retiring college president Dr. Hanes.
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3:30am
CALL OF THE WILD
Newlyweds Sondra and Elvin return from their honeymoon.
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Wednesday
April 23
3:00am
CALL OF THE WILD
Newlyweds Sondra and Elvin return from their honeymoon.
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3:30am
THEOGATE
Clair stages a mock trial to get to the bottom of Theo's flimsy excuse for arriving home late.
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