Phylicia  Rashad

Phylicia Rashad

Womens Health, Heart, Dental Health, Cancer. Known to millions as Clair Huxtable from "The Cosby Show", Rashad earned two Emmy award nominations and a People's Choice Award for "Favorite TV Female Performer". Most recently, she became the first black actress to win a TONY award for her role in " Raisin in the Sun." She has also appeared on Broadway in the musicals, "Dreamgirls,", "The Wiz," and "Into The Woods." She is vocal in the fight against diabetes and is dedicated to women's causes, including heart disease, domestic violence awareness and was a spokesperson for the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance for her close friend who died of the disease. She was a recipient of Harvard University's Foundation Award.

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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.

    "A stellar presentation. Phylicia spoke from the heart, and everyone related what she said to their own situations. She was delightful - a real human being - charming, bright, and a pleasure to be around."

    - Lehigh Vally Hospital and Health Network

    "I have been at the University of Wisconsin for 9 years as both a student and staff member. I have heard numerous speeches, including commencement speeches, and nothing has been more meaningful and touched me the way Phylicia Rashad's speech has."

    - University of Wisconsin

    "She captivated our audience with her speech. Most important of all, she empowered the women and touched their hearts."

    - Women's Federation for World Peace