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The Cosby Show

Tempestt Bledsoe

Vanessa Huxtable

Chicago native Tempestt Bledsoe rose to fame as the Huxtable family's middle child, sensitive and smart Vanessa. In addition to The Cosby Show, Bledsoe has been featured in several TV movies, including Dance til Dawn, Santa and Pete and Home by Midnight, plus the title role in the Afterschool Special Amazing Grace. She starred in her own teen fitness video and hosted the short-lived daytime talkfest The Tempestt Bledsoe Show. Bledsoe graduated from New York University with a degree in finance. She is still involved in acting, performing in several off-Broadway productions and in the TV movies The Expendables and 2002's Fire and Ice. She has had a recurring role on The Practice, as well as guest starring on The Parkers and The Jenny McCarthy Show.

Character Bio

Vanessa is the classic "middle child" in the family, trying to keep up with her older sisters while simultaneously hanging onto her childhood. Cliff definitely has his hands full as he and Clair help Vanessa find her place in the family and in life. Although she later causes a panic when she announces her secret engagement to an older man, Cliff soon becomes quite close to her fiancé, Dabnis (After all, the fellow is extremely handy around the house).

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