Phylicia Rashad (1948 – ) Award Winning Actress, Singer, & Stage Director

“Forget these women. What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy” strong words voiced by the brillantly-talented, outspoken, multi-award winning actress Phylicia Rashad who spoke out amidst allegations involving  her former co-star Bill Cosby in 2015. She has won multiple awards for her work in film, television, and on stage, with a career spanding over 4 decades. She is also the first African American Actress to win a Tony Award for “Best Actress” in a play.

Phylicia Rashad was born on June 19, 1948 in Houston, Texas.  Her father, Andrew Arthur Allen was an orthodontist. Her mother, Vivian Elizabeth (Ayers), was a poet, art directer, playwright, and publisher who was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

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