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Phylicia Rashad

Advocate for Children, Women's Issues & Fine Arts

Phylicia Rashad’s reputation as one of America’s most diversified entertainment talents continues to grow. Known to millions of fans worldwide as Clair Huxtable from “The Cosby Show,” Rashad earned two Emmy award nominations and a People’s Choice Award for “Favorite television Female Performer” during her eight years on the show. she also earned an NAACP…

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Phylicia Rashad’s reputation as one of America’s most diversified entertainment talents continues to grow.

Known to millions of fans worldwide as Clair Huxtable from “The Cosby Show,” Rashad earned two Emmy award nominations and a People’s Choice Award for “Favorite television Female Performer” during her eight years on the show. she also earned an NAACP Image award for ” Best Actress in a Comedy series” for her role as Ruth Lucas on “Cosby”.

Most recently, she became the first black actress to win a TONY Award for a dramatic leading role in “Raisin in the Sun”. She has also appeared on Broadway in “Into The Woods,” “Jelly’s Last Jam,”, “Dreamgirls,” “The Wiz,” and “Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death.”

Rashad made her deb ut as executive producer, co-producing and co-starring with her sister, Debbie Allen, in “The Old Settler,” a production that launched the new PBS national television drama series “PBS Hollywood Presents.” She has also made guest appearances in many TV shows and series.

The daughter of a highly creative Houston family — her mother is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet and scholar, and her sister Debbie is a noted Broadway and television choreographer/director/actress – Rashad graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Howard University. She is a recipient of Harvard University’s Foundation Award and is an active participant in charitable and non-profit organizations.

Rashad is especially vocal in the fight against diabetes; her father fell victim to heart disease linked to complications from diabetes. She is also dedicated to several women’s causes, including domestic violence awareness, balancing professional and personal lives, and women’s health issues. She has also served as a spokeswoman of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. She was also close friends with Madeline Kahn, who died of ovarian cancer and has become an advocate for research and awareness of the disease.

Rashad is also committed to the mission of Children’s Hospital, which provides premium pediatric health care and services to children in the District of Columbia, and to RNT – Recruiting New Teachers. In addition to supporting these organizations, Rashad is dedicated to communicating the importance of the Fine arts in Education.

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Taking Heart Disease Personally
Phylicia Rashad takes diabetes and heart disease personally. When she lost her father to heart disease related to his diabetes, she was spurred by that terrible loss to participate in a nationwide campaign to create awareness of the link between diabetes and heart disease. From her participation in that first campaign, and her dedication to the cause since, she shares what she learned from healthcare professionals, including what increases your risks of developing diabetes-related heart disease, how to recognize the symptoms – and what can be done to increase the odds of beating this deadly disease.

Inside TV: An Actor’s Perspective
Known as a role model for women on television, Rashad earned two Emmy nominations and the People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Television Female Performer”. Recently, she became the first black actress to win a Tony award for a dramatic leading role in “Raisin in the Sun”. From a highly creative Houston family, Rashad graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s in fine arts from Howard University. She is a recipient of Harvard University’s Foundation award and speaks fluent Spanish, having spent part of her childhood in Mexico.

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