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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 19 June 1948Houston, Texas, USA
Birth NamePhylicia Ayers-Allen
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born to dentist Andrew Arthur Allen and poet Vivian Ayers in Harris County, TX. As a child, Phylicia, her older brother Andrew (called Tex), and younger sister, Debbie Allen, lived in Mexico to escape US racism. She also has another brother, Hugh Allen (a real estate banker in North Carolina).

Their mother, Vivian Ayers, decided to live in Mexico to give the Allen children a brief experience of not having to endure the chronic racism and segregation that was typical of Texas during the 1950s. From this, Phylicia and Debbie are fluent in Spanish.

Phylicia graduated from Howard University and later taught drama there.

With younger sister Debbie Allen, she has a production company, D.A.D., which stood for Doctor Allen's Daughters. Her Pulitzer-nominated poet mother Vivian is the artistic and free spirit that has influenced and encouraged the remarkable creativity that so marks Rashad as a performer.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: lilkunta

Spouse (3)

Ahmad Rashad (14 December 1985 - 2001) (divorced) (1 child)
Victor Willis (28 April 1978 - 1980) (divorced)
William Lancelot Bowles Jr. (13 May 1972 - 1975) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (27)

Phylicia Rashad (birth name: Phylicia Ayers-Allen) is daughter of Arthur Allen, a dentist; and Vivian Ayers, an artist, poet, playwright, and publisher who was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Phylicia's siblings are older brother Tex (birthname: Andrew Arthur Allen Jr.; born 1945), a jazz musician; younger sister Debbie Allen (born 1950), an actress, singer, dancer, choreographer, director, and producer; and younger brother Hugh Allen, a real estate banker in North Carolina.
Phylicia's father and her first husband were both dentists.
Phylicia Rashad and her sister, Debbie Allen, both speak Spanish fluently because they lived in Mexico during part of their childhood, where the family moved in an attempt to escape pervasive racism that was prevalent in 1950s America.
Phylicia's second ex-husband, Victor Willis, was the lead singer of The Village People. They divorced in 1982.
Formerly sat on the Board of Directors of the Alliance Theatre Company (Atlanta, GA), the largest regional theater in the Southeastern United States.
Ahmad Rashad proposed to her on national TV during the halftime show of NBC's Thanksgiving Day broadcast of the game between the Detroit Lions and the New York Jets. Earlier in the day, she had worked NBC's Macy's Thanksgiving Day telecast. Within minutes of hearing Ahmad's request, she came on NBC's "NFL Live" halftime set and accepted his proposal live on TV. O.J. Simpson was best-man at her 1985 wedding to Ahmad Rashad.
Phylicia appears in the video introduction for the "Dinosaur" ride at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom theme park.
Is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.
Phylicia Rashad's The Cosby Show (1984) matriarch character, Claire Huxtable, was voted "TV mom closest to your own mom in spirit" by the survey participants in an April 2004 poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation.
Phylicia Rashad's mother, Dr. Vivian Elizabeth Ayers, attended Brainerd Institute, Barber-Scotia College, and Bennett College of North Carolina. In 1952, Vivian was the first poet from the State of Texas to be nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Vivian has often been called the "Poet Laureate of Texas." In the late 1950s, Vivian's poetry, "Hawk," attracted the attention of NASA, and for about twenty years thereafter was the only poetry celebrated by NASA. Vivian worked as an apprentice librarian at Rice University's Fondren Library and Vivian was accorded full faculty status in 1965, becoming the first African American to be recognized as a full member of faculty. During Vivian's years at Rice, she organized and published The Adept Quarterly, an important contribution to the small publications movement of the 1950s and 1960s.
Nominated for a 2004 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actress in a play for "A Raisin in the Sun" on Broadway.
Phylicia Rashad won the 2004 Drama Desk award for Best Actress in a play for "A Raisin in the Sun" by tying (split award) with Viola Davis for "Intimate Apparel".
Phylicia was the first African-American actress to win the Best Actress (Play) Tony Award for her 2004 performance as Lena Younger in a revival of "A Raisin in the Sun" (by playwright Lorraine Hansberry). Several Black women have won in the Best Actress (Musical) category, including the late Virginia Capers, who won in 1973 for her portrayal of Lena in the musical adaptation of Hansberry's play, entitled "Raisin.".
In 1972, her mother, Vivian, was recognized, for her work "Workshops in Open Fields," which was hailed and recommended to the nation as a prototype of grass-roots programming by the director of the National Education Association. Vivian founded the Adept New American Museum in Mt. Vernon, New York, a museum that celebrates the art and history of the American Southwest, which features Juneteenth Black cowboys, Native American sand painting, seminars on the Emancipation Proclamation, and Mayan studies. Vivian is known as a leader in the arts community in New York area.
Recorded the Narration for Epcot's Candlelight Processional Soundtrack, sold all over Walt Disney World during Christmas.
Phylicia Rashad has two birth children: son William Lancelot "Billy" Bowles III (born: 1973, father: William Lancelot Bowles Jr.); and daughter Condola Rashad (born: December 11, 1986, father: Ahmad Rashad).
Shares a birthday with comic-strip "Garfield," which made its newspaper premiere on June 19, 1978, which makes Phylica Rashad exactly 30 years older than thew titular feline.
Phylicia Rashad gave birth to daughter Condola, with Ahmad Rashad, three days before the Rashads' first wedding anniversary, and who was named after her paternal grandmother, Condola Moore.
Phylicia Rashad is the maternal aunt of Norman Nixon Jr. and Vivian Nixon.
Nominated for the 2005 Tony Award as Best Actress (Drama) for "Gem of the Ocean".
Received an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009.
Phylicia Rashad also has three stepchildren (from Phylicia's marriage to Ahmad Rashad): daughter Keva (born: 1970); daughter Maiysha (born: 1974); and son Ahmad Jr. (born: 1978).
Phylicia Rashad is sister-in-law of Norman Nixon due to sister Debbie Allen's marriage to Nixon in 1984.
Was presented by: Marla Gibbs, Della Reese, Louis Gossett Jr. and Glynn Turman, of the Lifetime Achievement Award, at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles, California. [17 February 2011].
Directing "Gem of the Ocean" at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. [April 2007]
In the east coast premiere of August Wilson's play "Gem of the Ocean" in Boston. Production is moving to Broadway in October 2004. [July 2004]
Doing a Jenny Craig commercial.

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