Phylicia Rashad

In 2004, she was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Best Actress for "A Raisin in the Sun," ultimately tying with Viola Davis, who appeared in the play "Intimate Apparel." The following year, Rashad was nominated for the same award for her work in "Gem of the Ocean." In 2007, Rashad made her directorial debut with the Seattle Repertory Theater's production of her version of August Wilson's "Gem of the Ocean."

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Rashad briefly returned to stage acting in 2008 when she starred in an all-African American Broadway production of Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," which was directed by her sister, Debbie Allen. The following year, Rashad appeared as Violet Weston, the drug-addicted matriarch of Tracy Letts's award-winning play "August: Osage County," performed at the Music Box Theater.

In November 2010, Rashad appeared in the ensemble cast as Gilda in the Tyler Perry film "For Colored Girls," which was based on the play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf" by Ntozake Shange. In 2016, she directed a well-received production of "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, California. Rashad returned to the theater to play the lead role of Shelah in Tarell Alvin McCraney's play "Head of Passes" at The Public Theater in 2016, where her performance earned her positive reviews.

Television and Film Career

Rashad began her career in theatre and became renowned for her work on the stage in a series of Broadway shows, including her role as Deena Jones in "Dreamgirls" and playing a Munchkin in "The Wiz" for three and a half years. In 1978, Rashad further showcased her vocal ability and released the album "Josephine Superstar," which tells the life story of Josephine Baker. The album was written and produced by Jacques Morali and Rashad's second husband, Victor Willis, the original lead singer and lyricist of the Village People.

She also accepted a part in the pre-show of the Dinosaur ride at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom amusement park, where she played Dr. Helen Marsh, the leader of the Dino Institute. In 2012, she returned to the big screen to star in a Tyler Perry film called "Good Deeds." The same year, she played Clairee Belcher in the remake of "Steel Magnolias," which featured an African American cast. In 2016, Rashad went back to television to play Bishop Yvette A. Flunder, pastor of The City of Refuge Church in San Francisco, CA, as part of the Dustin Lance Black mini-series "When We Rise."

Personal Life

Phylicia Rashad first married a dentist named William Lancelot Bowles Jr., with whom she had a son named William Lancelot Bowles III. The marriage was short-lived, and in 1975 she divorced William Lancelot Bowles Jr. and married Victor Willis. However, this marriage did not last long either, and the pair divorced in 1978. Rashad married a third time in 1985, this time to Ahmad Rashad, a former NFL wide receiver and sportscaster. Both were on their third marriages.

Ahmad Rashad proposed to her during a pre-game show for a nationally televised Thanksgiving Day football game between the New York Jets and the Detroit Lions on November 28, 1985. Rashad had a second child, a daughter, from his third marriage, which ended in divorce in 2001. The couple's daughter is named Condola Phylicia Rashad, and she was born on December 11, 1986, in New York.

She has a net worth of $55 million, most of which was earned during her long-running career with "The Cosby Show." Her work in "Colored Girls" even earned her an award from the Black Reel Awards and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress. In early 2020, Phylicia Rashad's daughter, Condola, would emulate her mother's example. Rashad said her daughter had been prepped for theater since she had always been with her at work.

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Quick Facts
Date of Birth: 19-06-1948
Birth Place: Houston, Texas, United States
Children: Condola Rashad, William Lancelot Bowles III
Nationality: American
Profession: Actress
Employer: Movies, TV Shows
Marital Status: Not Now
Ethnicity: Afro-American
Net Worth: $55 Million Dollars
Height: 5 feet 6 inches
Husband: Ahmad Rash?d Victor Willis, William Lancelot Bowles, Jr.
Divorced Date: 2001
Marriage Date: 1972
Birth Sign: Gemini
T.V. Show(s): Do No Harm, Little Bill, Cosby, The Cosby Show
Alma Mater: Howard University
Ex. Husband: Ahmad Rash?d
Birth Date: 19 Jun, 1948
Age: 71 yrs
Citizenship: United States of America
Birth Place: Houston
Education: Howard University
Gender: Female
Description: American actress
Spouse: Ahmad Rashad[1985-2001]
Victor Willis[1978-1982]
Net Worth 2020: 55 million
Net Worth 2021: 25 million
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Last Modified: Mar 12 2023