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Phylicia Rashad

In 2004, she was also nominated for the Drama Desk award for Best Actress in the play "A Raisin in the Sun". She ultimately tied with Viola Davis for the award 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". Rashad went on to make her directorial debut in 2007 with the Seattle Repertory Theater's production of her own version of August Wilson's "Gem of the Ocean".

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Rashad made a brief return 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 happened to be directed by her sister, Debbie Allen. The following year, Rashad appeared as Violet Weston, the drug-addicted matriarch of Tracy Lett's award-winning play "August: Osage County" which was performed at the Music Box Theater.

In November of 2010, Rashad appeared in the ensemble cast as Gilda in the Tyler Perry film "For Colored Girls", which happened to be based on a play called "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf" by Ntozake Shange. In 2016, she went on to direct a well-received production of "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" which was performed 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's career began to expand into television in 1983 when she joined the cast of the ABC soap opera "One Life to Live" where she played publicist Courtney Wright. Several years later when Cosby came back to TV in 1996 with CBS's "Cosby", the lead comedian himself asked her to play Ruth Lucas, his character's on-screen spouse. The pilot scene had been shot with Telma Hopkins, however, Cosby replaced Hopkins with Rashad. The sitcom "Cosby" would continue running from 1996 to 2000.

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. She would return to the big screen in 2012 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 all 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 would first get married to a dentist named William Lancelot Bowles Jr. whom she had a son named William Lancelot Bowles III. The marriage would be shortlived and in 1975 she divorced William Lancelot Bowles Jr. and married Victor Willis. Her marriage to Willis would not last long either and the pair divorced in 1978. Rashad went on to marry a third time, this time she married Ahmad Rashad, former NFL wide receiver and sportscaster, in 1985. Both were on their third marriages.

Ahmad Rashad proposed to her during a pregame show for a nationally televised Thanksgiving Day football game between the New York Jets and the Detroit Lions on November 28, 1985. Rashad also has a second child, a daughter from her third marriage but that one too was also doomed to fail and their divorce was finalized 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 Black Reel Awards as well as the NACCP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress.

In early 2020 it was announced that Phylicia Rashad's girl, Condola, would emulating her mom's example. Rashad said her girl was prepped since early on to have a passion for theater since she was always 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]
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Last Modified: Apr 20 2020