Sunday may have been dedicated to dads, but today is all about everybody's favorite TV mom. The Tony Award and Emmy Award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad turns 64 today.
Rashad stole the world's hearts as the poised and elegant lawyer, wife and mother Claire Huxtable on the 1980s sitcom "The Cosby Show." She has also graced both the stage and the big screen in her roles in Lorraine Hansberry's "Raisin In The Sun" and Tyler Perry's "For Colored Girls." To add to her already lofty resume, she is donning her director's hat for the play "The Immediate Family," that tells the story of siblings living in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood.
Whether on stage, on television or even on the red carpet Rashad is always the epitome of class and sophistication, and after shedding 35 pounds she looks better than ever! So in honor of America's mother, we've pulled together some of our favorite flicks that showcase her timeless beauty.
Actresses Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashad attending "Kennedy Center Honors Awards" on December 2, 1984 at the Kennedy Center in Washingon, D.C. (Ron Galella, WireImage)
Actress Phylicia Rashad and Malcolm Jamal Warner attending "Franciscan Games" on September 26, 1987 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. (Ron Galella, WireImage)
66th Annual Tony Awards - Arrivals
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Phylicia Rashad attends the 66th Annual Tony Awards at The Beacon Theatre on June 10, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
Phylicia Rashad, as Clair Huxtable, talks on the telephone while Bill Cosby, as Dr. Cliff Huxtable and other cast members of the family sitcom "The Cosby Show" gather around during taping of the final episode in New York City, Friday, March 6, 1992. From left clockwise are, Rashad; Clarice Taylor as Anna Huxtable; Cosby; Earl Hyman as Russel Huxtable; unidentified actor, partially hidden; Malcolm Jamal Warner as Theo; Keshia Knight Pulliam as Rudy; and Raven Symone as Olivia. (AP)
B Michael America - Backstage - Fall 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Phylicia Rashad poses backstage at the B Michael America Fall 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Museum of the City of New York on February 15, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)
Phylicia Rashad is shown in this 1987 file photo. She played Bill Cosby's wife, Claire Huxtable, on the long-running NBC hit ``The Cosby Show''. (AP)
378358 01 :UNDATED FILE PHOTO: Phylicia Rashad. (photo by Newsmakers)
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Phylicia Rashad at the New York Women in Film & Television Gala Holiday Luncheon in New York City. 12/13/01 Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect
Actress Phylicia Rashad, of "The Cosby Show," mixes up some batter with the Pillsbury Doughboy Friday, Aug. 20, 1999, in New York. Rashad was in the city to announce her new role as the host of "Bake-Off 2000," the 50th anniversary Pillsbury bake-off contest. The cook with the winning home recipe, which must be submitted by October 18, will win the grand prize of $1 million. (Joe Pineiro, Friedman Studios / AP)