Phylicia Rashad

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Phylicia Ayers-Allen
  • Birth Place: Houston, TX
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 06/19/1948, Gemini
  • Profession: Actor; singer
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Phylicia Rashad Fast Facts:
  • Mother Vivian Ayers is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet. 
  • Debuted on Broadway as a Munchkin in the original 1975 production of The Wiz; remained a cast member for three years.
  • Released the album Josephine Superstar in 1978, a disco-themed telling of the life of black actress and performer Josephine Baker.
  • First TV role came in 1983 when she joined the cast of the ABC soap One Life to Live.
  • Married her third husband, sports commentator Ahmad Rashad, in 1985, after he memorably proposed to her on national TV during coverage of a Thanksgiving Day football game. O.J. Simpson served as best man. 
  • Was the first black woman to win a Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play (the 2004 revival of A Raisin in the Sun).
  • Phylicia Rashad Relationships:
  • Vivian Ayers - Mother
  • Andrew Arthur Allen Jr. - Brother
  • Vivian Nixon - Niece
  • Condola Phylea Rashad - Daughter
  • William Lancelot Bowles Jr. - Ex-husband
  • Ahmad Rashad - Ex-husband
  • Debbie Allen - Sister
  • Victor Willis - Ex-husband
  • Andrew Arthur Allen - Father
  • William Lancelot Bowles III - Son
  • Phylicia Rashad Awards:
  • 1986 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2008 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Nominee
  • 1985 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1989 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Female TV Performer - Winner
  • 2004 Tony: Actress (Play) - Winner
  • 2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries - Nominee
  • 2005 Tony: Actress (Play) - Nominee
  • 1985 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Program - Winner
  • College:
  • Howard University, Washington, DC (BFA in Theater, 1970)

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