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Phylicia Rashad

Phylicia is an acclaimed singer and Tony Award-winning stage, film, and television actress. She is probably best known for her roles as Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show, a highly-rated situation comedy that ran on NBC TV from 1984 to 1992, and as Ruth Lucas on CBS TV’s Cosby from 1996 to 2000. In 2004, she won the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Lena Younger in A Raisin in the Sun. She has appeared on Broadway in Into the Woods, August: Osage County, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, among many other notable stage productions.

Since 1993, Phylicia has served on the Advisory Board of PRASAD, a philanthropic expression of the SYDA Foundation, and is the official U.S. spokesperson for that organization.

Before she was appointed to the SYDA Foundation Board of Trustees, Phylicia served as a consultant to the Board, contributing her expertise in communications. She has also served with the Siddha Yoga Music Department and has been a speaker at Shaktipat Intensives.

Phylicia earned a BFA degree magna cum laude in theater from Howard University in 1970.

In 2001, the Board of Directors of New York Women in Film and Television honored Phylicia with the Muse Award for Outstanding Vision and Achievement. Phylicia is a three-time winner of the NAACP Image Award for her contributions to television and film. In 2011, she was named the first Denzel Washington Scholar in Theatre at Fordham University.

Phylicia has two grown children and lives in New York State.