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Born in Houston on June 19, 1948, to a Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet mother and a dentist father of full-blooded Cherokee heritage, Phylicia Rashad began her career on Broadway, appearing as a munchkin in the original cast of "The Wiz" and in the ensemble of the original cast of "Dreamgirls."

But Rashad is best known to television audiences for her Emmy-nominated portrayal of upper-middle-class matriarch Clair Huxtable in "The Cosby Show" (1984-92), a now-classic sitcom that broke new ground by depicting a black family that was prosperous, playful -- and every bit as complex as white families.

The actress reprised her role as Bill Cosby's wife for "Cosby" (1996-2000) and also lent her voice to Cosby's animated "Little Bill." She earned her third Emmy nod for her work in the TV adaptation of A Raisin in the Sun (2008).

Phylicia Rashad in Creed


2015 PG-13

Putting a new twist on the Rocky Balboa legend, this spinoff drama follows young boxer Adonis Johnson Creed, the son of Rocky's onetime nemesis Apollo Creed. Looking for a mentor, Adonis travels to Philadelphia to ask for Rocky's help.

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