Phylicia Rashād

by ethnic on June 1, 2010

Birth Name: Phylicia Ayers Allen

Place of Birth: Houston, Harris, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 19, 1948

Ethnicity: African-American

Phylicia Rashād is an American actress, singer, and stage director. She played Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show. Her parents, Vivian Elizabeth (Ayers) and Andrew Arthur Allen, were/are both black. Her father was from Lobdell, Louisiana. Her sister is actress and dancer Debbie Allen. Her daughter is actress Condola Rashād, with her former husband, professional football player and sportscaster Ahmad Rashād.

Phylicia’s paternal grandfather was Lloyd James Allen (the son of Duncan Allen and Luella Brown). Duncan was the son of John Allen and Mariah Word. Luella was the daughter of William Brown and Ann Martain.

Phylicia’s paternal grandmother was Goldie Matilda Jackson (the daughter of George H. Jackson and Josephine Lillian Smith). George was the son of Felex Jackson and Matilda Lewis.

Phylicia’s maternal grandparents were Robert D. Ayers, Sr. (the son of Robert Smart Ayers and Anna Douglass) and Vivian Graham. Phylicia’s great-grandfather Robert was the son of Charles Ayers, Jr. and Margaret Young. Anna was the daughter of Levi Douglass and Sallie/Sarah Parker.

Sources: Phylicia’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Phylicia’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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andrew July 25, 2017 at 3:22 pm
follers July 25, 2017 at 4:32 pm

It’s wrong.

neiltennant July 23, 2015 at 4:39 am


i saw repeated episodes of COSBY SHOW and then one episode of EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS

on both she had a role and i wondered, that she had not aged that much

good dna those african americans

neiltennant April 3, 2015 at 7:12 am

i saw her in the repeated episodes of Bill cosby show and in blossom ?))

she always looked mixed to me-

She looks like she could have some irish roots

M June 4, 2015 at 7:23 pm

That’s what I’m saying. There’s no way she’s only black.

flo January 23, 2017 at 8:21 pm

The average African American is around 80% African. So to state she’s ‘only’ AA still covers whatever admixture she has.

aaronssongs July 7, 2012 at 1:38 am

Phylicia Rashad, sister Debbie Allen, and brother Andrew “Tex” Allen Jr., are French Creole, African American, English, Spanish, Native American, on their father’s side, and African American, Native American, Scottish? Irish? English? on their mother’s side.

yo yo March 16, 2012 at 5:12 am

shes actually blk and half native American her dad native and mom probably blk n native to

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