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Houston, Texas
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Interview Date: 12/13/2016 |and| 02/02/2017

Actress Phylicia Rashad was born on June 19, 1948 in Houston, Texas to parents Vivian Ayers and Andrew Arthur Allen. Following her parents’ divorce, Rashad moved with her mother to Mexico City, Mexico in 1961. However, she returned to the United States to attend Howard University in 1966 and earned her B.F.A. degree in 1970.

In 1975, Rashad performed in her first role in a major production. She portrayed a Munchkin in the Broadway production of The Wiz. The production won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Rashad then released her album, Josephine Superstar in 1978 with the Casablanca. In 1983, Rashad received her big break when she was cast in a role on the ABC soap opera, One Life to Live. The following year, Rashad was cast in her most famous role, as Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show. Rashad remained on The Cosby Show until 1992, when the show came to an end. Rashad has performed in many Broadway productions throughout her career, such as Jelly’s Last Jam in 1993, A Raisin in the Sun and Gem of the Ocean in 2004, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 2008. Rashad returned to television in 1996 to co-star in the show, Cosby, which ran until 2000. Rashad has starred in films as well, in addition to her work on Broadway and television. She has appeared in the films For Colored Girls in 2010, Good Deeds and Steel Magnolias in 2012, and Creed in 2015. Rashad has also proven herself as a stage director, having directed Joe Turner’s Come and Gone in 2013, Fences in 2014, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom in 2016.

Rashad has won multiple awards for her work in films, television, and on stage. In 1985, she won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite female Performer in a New TV Program. Rashad even won two NAACP Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series in 1988 and 1989. She has also received two Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Play for A Raisin in the Sun in 2004 and for Gem of the Ocean in 2005.

Phylicia Rashad and her husband, Ahmad Rashad, live in Pelham, New York.

Phylicia Rashad was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 13, 2016 and February 2, 2017.

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