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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 & 22 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show Clair Huxtable
(1984-1992)
For Colored Girls
(2010)
Creed
Creed Mary Anne Creed
(2015)
Cosby
Cosby Ruth Lucas
(1996-2000)

Filmography

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 2016-2017 Jean-Claude Van Johnson (TV Series)
Jane
- The World Needs Its Hero (2017) ... Jane
- Run To Nowhere (2017) ... Jane
- Pilot (2016) ... Jane
 2016-2017 Empire (TV Series)
Diana DuBois
- Slave to Memory (2017) ... Diana DuBois
- Cupid Painted Blind (2017) ... Diana DuBois
- The Lady Doth Protest (2017) ... Diana DuBois
- Fortune Be Not Crost (2017) ... Diana DuBois
- Bleeding War (2017) ... Diana DuBois
 2017 Tour de Pharmacy (TV Movie)
Victoria Young
 2017 When We Rise (TV Mini-Series)
Yvette Flunder
- Night IV: Part VI and VII (2017) ... Yvette Flunder
 2015 For Justice (TV Movie)
Georgina Howe
 2015 Creed
Mary Anne Creed
 2015 Emily & Tim
Emily (Segment 5)
 2014 Sofia the First (TV Series)
Mountain Witch
- Winter's Gift (2014) ... Mountain Witch (voice)
 2007-2014 Psych (TV Series)
Winnifred Guster
- A Nightmare on State Street (2014) ... Winnifred Guster
- Christmas Joy (2008) ... Winnifred Guster
- Gus's Dad May Have Killed an Old Guy (2007) ... Winnifred Guster
 2013 Gods Behaving Badly
Demeter
 2013 Do No Harm (TV Series)
Dr. Vanessa Young
- This Is How It Ends (2013) ... Dr. Vanessa Young
- You Made Me Do This (2013) ... Dr. Vanessa Young
- But I'm Allergic to Cats (2013) ... Dr. Vanessa Young
- Mine (2013) ... Dr. Vanessa Young
- Circadian Rhythms (2013) ... Dr. Vanessa Young
 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
 2012 Good Deeds
Wilimena
 2011 Change of Plans (TV Movie)
Dorothy
 2010 For Colored Girls
Gilda
 2010 Frankie & Alice
Edna
 2010 Just Wright
Ella McKnight
 2008 The Life & Times of Tim (TV Series)
The Boss's Wife
- Theo Strikes Back/Amy Gets Wasted (2008) ... The Boss's Wife (voice)
 2008 A Raisin in the Sun (TV Movie)
Lena Younger
 2007 Everybody Hates Chris (TV Series)
Kathleen Devereaux
- Everybody Hates Kwanzaa (2007) ... Kathleen Devereaux
 1999-2004 Little Bill (TV Series)
Brenda
- Summertime in the Wintertime/Snowracers (2004) ... Brenda (voice)
- Michael Sleeps Over/Michael's First Snow (2002) ... Brenda (voice)
- A Day at the Beach/The Get Well Song (2002) ... Brenda (voice)
- Violin Lessons/Squirmy (2001) ... Brenda (voice)
 1994-2002 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Elizabeth Jessup
- The Last Chapter (2002) ... Elizabeth Jessup
- Tough Love (1994) ... Elizabeth Jessup
 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
 1996-2000 Cosby (TV Series)
Ruth Lucas
- The Song Remains the Same (2000) ... Ruth Lucas
- A Long Night's Journey (2000) ... Ruth Lucas
- Thursday's Child (2000) ... Ruth Lucas
- Kids Eat the Darndest Things (2000) ... Ruth Lucas
 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
 1984-1992 The Cosby Show (TV Series)
Clair Huxtable
- And So, We Commence (1992) ... Clair Huxtable
- Some Gifts Aren't Deductible (1992) ... Clair Huxtable
- You Can't Stop the Music (1992) ... Clair Huxtable
- Rudy's Retreat (1992) ... Clair Huxtable
- Clair's Reunion (1992) ... Clair Huxtable
 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)
 1990 The Earth Day Special (TV Special)
Clair Huxtable
 1988-1990 A Different World (TV Series)
Clair Huxtable
- Success, Lies and Videotape (1990) ... Clair Huxtable
- Forever Hold Your Peace (1989) ... Clair Huxtable
- Risky Business (1989) ... Clair Huxtable
- Clair's Last Stand (1988) ... Clair Huxtable
 1989 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Aunt Polly
- Polly (1989) ... Aunt Polly
 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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Other Works:

(April 24 to June 9, 2013) She directed August Wilson's play, "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California with Glynn Turman in the cast. Karen Perry was costume designer. See more »

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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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Phylicia's father and her first husband were both dentists. See more »

Star Sign:

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