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Phylicia Rashad turns 66: Lessons we learn from her

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Phylicia Rashad turned 66 on Wednesday, June 19. We remember her as Clair Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” and Debbie Allen’s older sister; however, there are a lot of things people might not know about Rashad. She taught us many lessons over the years.

No other TV mom has left such of an effect on viewers as Clair Huxtable, according to Vibe.com. Rashad is an exemplary example of a wife, mother, and friend. The Tony Award-winning actress was born Phylicia Ayers-Allen. She took her last name from her third husband, former NFL wide receiver and sportscaster Ahmad Rahad. They had a daughter, Condola Phyleia Rashad, but their marriage ended in divorced in 2001. Rashad also has a son, William Lancelot Bowles III from her first husband.

Even though Rashad is best known for her role as Clair Huxtable on the long-running NBC sitcom "The Cosby Show" and was dubbed "The Mother" of the African-American community at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards, she was the first African-American actress to win the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, which she won for her role in the revival of "A Raisin in the Sun" in 2004.

At a time when women on television didn’t look like or run a household like her, Mrs. Huxtable was in a class all her own. She taught viewers many things on "The Cosby Show" which she also lived when she wasn't on the screen. Through her life, Rashad believes women are as good as men and sometimes better. She taught us that when all else fails make sure you look good. According to Rashad, we should learn to laugh at ourselves and have best friends and partners who can laugh along with us.

Even though Rashad was married and divorced three times, she still believes in love. She contends that life is better when you praise yourself for your accomplishments instead of dwelling on your failures.

We might never have a life like Phylicia Rashad or Clair Huxtable, but we can take her advice and never lose touch of our inner child. We can be classy in spite of our circumstances.

Happy Birthday, Phylicia Rashad as you turn 66!

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