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Phylicia Rashad


Phylicia Rashad was born in Houston, Texas, to African-American parents, Vivian Elizabeth (Ayers), a poet and art director, and Andrew Arthur Allen, an orthodontist. As a child, Phylicia, her older brother Andrew (called Tex), and younger sister, dancer and actress Debbie Allen, lived in Mexico. She has another brother, Hugh Allen (a real estate ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 10 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show Clair Hanks Huxtable
(1984-1992)
Creed
Creed Mary Anne Creed
(2015)
Cosby
Cosby Ruth Lucas
(1996-2000)
One Life to Live
One Life to Live Courtney Wright
(1984)

Filmography

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 2017 Tour De Pharmacy (TV Movie) (post-production)
 2016 Empire (TV Series)
Diana Dubois / Diana DuBois
- A Furnace for Your Foe (2016) ... Diana Dubois
- The Unkindest Cut (2016) ... Diana Dubois
- What We May Be (2016) ... Diana DuBois
 2016 Jean-Claude Van Johnson (TV Movie)
Jane
 2015 For Justice (TV Movie)
Georgina Howe
 2015 Emily & Tim
Emily (Segment 5)
 2014 Sofia the First (TV Series)
Mountain Witch
- Winter's Gift (2014) ... Mountain Witch (voice)
 2012-2013 The Cleveland Show (TV Series)
Dee Dee Tubbs
- Wheel! Of! Family! (2013) ... Dee Dee Tubbs (voice)
- Mr. & Mrs. Brown (2013) ... Dee Dee Tubbs (voice)
- A Rodent Like This (2013) ... Dee Dee Tubbs (voice)
- Mama Drama (2012) ... Dee Dee Tubbs (voice)
 2012 Steel Magnolias (TV Movie)
Clairee
 2011 Change of Plans (TV Movie)
Dorothy
 2010 Frankie & Alice
Edna
 2008 A Raisin in the Sun (TV Movie)
Lena Younger
 2007 Everybody Hates Chris (TV Series)
Kathleen Devereaux
- Everybody Hates Kwanzaa (2007) ... Kathleen Devereaux
 2001 Biography (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- Dionne Warwick: Don't Make Me Over (2001) ... Narrator
 2001 Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man (TV Movie)
Cassandra Hawkins
 2001 PBS Hollywood Presents (TV Series)
Elizabeth Barney
- The Old Settler (2001) ... Elizabeth Barney
 2001 The Old Settler (TV Movie)
Elizabeth
 2000 Bull (TV Series)
Mrs. Granville
- What the Past Will Bring ... Mrs. Granville
 2000/I The Visit
Dr. Coles
 2000 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV Series)
Lady Fulten
- The Princess and the Pauper (2000) ... Lady Fulten (voice)
 1999 Loving Jezebel
Alice Melville
 1999 Linc's (TV Series)
Lucinda
- Love Is War (1999) ... Lucinda
 1998 Free of Eden (TV Movie)
Desiree
 1996 The Babysitter's Seduction (TV Movie)
Det. Kate Jacobs
 1995 In the House (TV Series)
Rowena
- Sister Act: The Episode (1995) ... Rowena
 1995 The Possession of Michael D. (TV Movie)
Dr. Marion Hale (Psychiatrist)
 1994 The Cosby Mysteries (TV Series)
Hadley Roebuck
- Expert Witness (1994) ... Hadley Roebuck
 1994 David's Mother (TV Movie)
Gladys Johnson
 1993 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Mayor Turner
- Hallelujah (1993) ... Mayor Turner
 1992 Baby's Nursery Rhymes (Video short)
Singer (voice)
 1991 Jailbirds (TV Movie)
Janice Grant
 1991 Blossom (TV Series)
Blossom's Dream Mom
- Blossom Blossoms (1991) ... Blossom's Dream Mom
 1990 Polly: Comin' Home! (TV Movie)
Aunt Polly
 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TV Series)
Jane Goodfellow
- What's Michelangelo Good For? (1990) ... Jane Goodfellow (voice)
 1989 False Witness (TV Movie)
Lynne Jacobi
 1988 Mickey's 60th Birthday (TV Movie)
Disneyland Cleaning lady
 1987 Uncle Tom's Cabin (TV Movie)
Eliza
 1985 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Lonette Becker
- A Day in Port (1985) ... Lonette Becker (as Phylicia Ayers Allen)
 1985 Santa Barbara (TV Series)
Felicia Dalton
- Episode #1.286 (1985) ... Felicia Dalton (as Phylicia Allen Ayers)
- Episode #1.285 (1985) ... Felicia Dalton (as Phylicia Allen Ayers)
- Episode #1.284 (1985) ... Felicia Dalton (as Phylicia Allen Ayers)
 1984 One Life to Live (TV Series)
Courtney Wright
- Episode dated 18 June 1984 (1984) ... Courtney Wright
 1981 We're Fighting Back (TV Movie) (as Phylicia Allen)
 1978 The Wiz (Video)
Munchkin / Field Mouse (as Phylicia Ayres Allen)
 1978 Watch Your Mouth (TV Series)
- First Days - Part 2 (1978) ... (as Phylicia Allen)
- First Days - Part 1 (1978) ... (as Phylicia Allen)
 1976 Delvecchio (TV Series)
Venita Ray
- Wax Job (1976) ... Venita Ray (as Phylicia Ayers-Allen)
 1972 The Broad Coalition (as Phylicia Ayers-Allen)
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Originated the role of "Angel" in Pearl Cleage's play "Blues for an Alabama Sky", which opened in Atlanta during the 1996 Summer Olympics. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Interviews | 4 Articles | 2 Pictorials | See more »

Alternate Names:

Phylicia Ayers Allen | Phylicia Ayres Allen | Phylicia Allen | Phylicia Allen Ayers | Phylicia Ayers-Allen

Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)
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Trivia:

Formerly sat on the Board of Directors of the Alliance Theatre Company (Atlanta, GA), the largest regional theater in the Southeastern United States. See more »

Star Sign:

Gemini

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