Question: Is it true that the actress who played Bill Cosby's wife (Phylicia Rashad) never received an Emmy nomination for her role on The Cosby Show? Did Bill Cosby ever receive a nomination during the show's run? Denise, Swansea, N.C.
Televisionary: No and no, Denise. Ms. Rashad was nominated for an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 1985 and 1986. The first time, she was beaten by Kate and Allie's Jane Curtin, who also garnered more votes than K and A co-star Susan Saint James, Cheers's Shelley Long and The Jeffersons's Isabel Sanford. The next year, she lost out to The Golden Girls's Betty White, who took the honor over Girls co-stars Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan and, once again, Long.
Cosby himself was never nominated for an Emmy, the despite the numerous People's Choice Awards and the Golden Globe he picked up during the show's 1984-92 run on NBC. That's not to say his list of honors is Emmy free, however. He won three in a row from 1966-68 for his work on I Spy and nabbed another for a TV special in 1969.
But enough from me. If you're looking to check out more Emmy nominee and winner tidbits, you can search the offical Emmys site, Emmys.tv/Awards, for yourself.