Phylicia Rashad Biography
Phylicia Rashad is an American actress who rose to fame after her work in the television series, The Cosby Show. Moreover, she is quite known for being the first African-American woman to win a Tony Award for the best actress in 2004. This was in honor of her for her performance in the play, A Raisin in the Sun.
Rashad graduated from Howard University, Washington D.C, in 1970 with a B.F.A in theatre. Soon after, she secured a job with the Negro Ensemble Company in New York City.
She made her first appearance on Broadway in 1972 and had minor roles in the hit musicals The Wiz(1975) and Dreamgirls before her transition to television.
In 1982, Phylicia landed a regular role on the daytime soap opera One Life to Live. Two years down the line, comedian Bill Cosby chose her for the role of his wife, Attorney Clair Huxtable in The Cosby Show (1984-1992).
During the late 1990’s and early 2000s, she turned to the stage while continuing to work continuously on television. Her role in August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean as Aunt Ester in Los Angeles and Broadway won her enthusiastic fame.
In 2004, she featured as Lena Younger, the matriarch of a struggling African-American family in the 1950s in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun.
In 2007, Phyl made directorial debut in the production of Gem of Ocean. The following year, she made her way to history on Broadway when Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof started with its first all-black cast.
In 2009, Rashad featured as a drug-addicted matriarch in the Broadway production of Tracy Lett’s August. Later in 2010, she performed in the romantic comedy Just Wright and the mental-illness tale Frankie & Alice.
Phylicia Rashad Age
Phylicia was born Phylicia Ayers-Allen on June 19, 1948, in Houston, Texas, United States. She is 71 years old as of June 2019.
Phylicia Rashad Husband
Phylicia had her first marriage in 1972 where she married her husband, William Lancelot Bowles Jr. They soon had a son William Lancelot Bowles III. The duo divorced in 1975. She then married Victor Willis in 1978 whom they later divorced in 1982.
Later on December 14, 1985, Rashad married a former NFL wide receiver, Ahmad Rashad. However, it was the third marriage for both. This is where Phylicia got her last name, Rashad. The two divorced in 2001.
Phylicia Rashad Kids|Children
Phylicia has a son William Lancelot Bowles III born of her first marriage with William Bowles Jr. She also has a daughter, Condola Phylea Rashad born on December 11, 1986, in New York.
Phylicia Rashad Family
Phylicia was born in Houston, Texas to her mother, Vivian Ayers, a Pulitzer Price-nominated artist, poet, playwright, scholar, and publisher. Her father, Andrew Arthur Allen, was an orthodontist.
In addition, she has siblings; Andrew Arthur Allen, a jazz-musician brother born in 1945. Her sister Debbie Allen, an actress, choreographer, and director was born in 1950 while her brother Hugh Allen is a real estate banker in North Carolina.
Phylicia Rashad Net Worth
Phylicia is an American Tony Award-winning actress and singer. As of 2020, her Net Worth is estimated at $55 million.