It’s a honor many people would argue that’s long overdue. On Monday night, in the city of big dreams and lights, Phylicia Rashad was among the eight prestigious actors to be inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame.
The 68 year-old has been on the Broadway scene since the 1970s, where she starred in productions since as Dreamgirls ( as ‘Deen Jones’) and The Wiz ( as a munchkin). But she really won our hearts when she played our ‘take-no-mess” television mother and attorney, Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show in the 1980s.
Rashad is also the first black woman to win a Tony Award and has been the recipient of numerous Image Awards, Peoples’ Choice Awards and Emmy nominations.
But before the fame, she’s also an phenomenal family woman, the mother of three and the sister to Broadway director, dancer and actor, Debbie Allen ( who together may be one of the most loving, supportive cutest sister duos around). Allen inducted her sister in New York City on Monday.
Recently, Rashad finished her run in the Broadway production of Head of Passes. The other inductees were actor Brian Mitchell, costume designer Catherine Zuber, playwright songwriter Tim Rice and playwrights Marsha Norman and Joe Masteroff. In order to be considered, inductees must have at least 25 years in American Theater and a minimum of five major production credits on Broadway. The ballot is voted on by members of the Theater Hall of Fame and American drama critics. This was the 46th year of the Theater Hall of Fame ceremony.
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