Clair Huxtable

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Clair Olivia Hanks Huxtable is a fictional character who appears on the American sitcom The Cosby Show (1984–1992).wikipedia
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Phylicia Rashad

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Portrayed by actress Phylicia Rashad, Clair, the wife of Cliff Huxtable and mother of their five children, is the matriarch of the show's central Huxtable family.
She is known for her role as Clair Huxtable on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show (1984–92), which earned her Emmy Award nominations in 1985 and 1986.

Camille Cosby

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Created by comedian Bill Cosby, Clair is based on Cosby's own wife, Camille.
The character of Clair Huxtable from The Cosby Show was based on her.

Denise Huxtable

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A lawyer, Clair is the mother of five children, Sondra, Denise, Theo, Vanessa and Rudy, whom she raises alongside husband Cliff, an obstetrician, in a brownstone in Brooklyn, New York.
The second-born child of Cliff and Clair Huxtable, Denise is known for her eccentric clothing and free-spirited, rebellious nature, earning her a reputation as the Huxtable family's wild child.

The Cosby Show

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Clair Olivia Hanks Huxtable is a fictional character who appears on the American sitcom The Cosby Show (1984–1992). Clair is depicted as a hardworking career woman with strong feminist principles, most evident in the character's early confrontations with chauvinistic son-in-law Elvin.
The matriarch is his wife, attorney Clair Huxtable.

Rudy Huxtable

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A lawyer, Clair is the mother of five children, Sondra, Denise, Theo, Vanessa and Rudy, whom she raises alongside husband Cliff, an obstetrician, in a brownstone in Brooklyn, New York.
Portrayed by actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, Rudy is the youngest child of Cliff and Clair Huxtable.

Bill Cosby

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Created by comedian Bill Cosby, Clair is based on Cosby's own wife, Camille.
The show had parallels to Cosby's actual family life: like the characters Cliff and Clair Huxtable, Cosby and his wife Camille were college educated and financially successful, and they had five children.

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In addition to being a few years younger than Clair was originally intended to be, Rashad is only 10 years older than actress Sabrina LeBeauf, who portrays eldest child Sondra.
Le Beauf was cast as the eldest Huxtable daughter Sondra on The Cosby Show despite being only 10 years younger than Phylicia Rashad, the actress who played her mother, Clair Huxtable.

Cliff Huxtable

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Portrayed by actress Phylicia Rashad, Clair, the wife of Cliff Huxtable and mother of their five children, is the matriarch of the show's central Huxtable family.

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In addition to appearing in minor roles on both television and Broadway, Rashad had a recurring role as Courtney Wright on the soap opera One Life to Live before Cosby personally selected her to play his character's wife.
The role was played by actress Phylicia Rashād (credited as "Phylicia Ayers") from 1983 until 1984, when she left the series to accept the role of Claire Huxtable on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show.

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A lawyer, Clair is the mother of five children, Sondra, Denise, Theo, Vanessa and Rudy, whom she raises alongside husband Cliff, an obstetrician, in a brownstone in Brooklyn, New York.

Pilot (The Cosby Show)

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The character debuted alongside most of her family in the pilot episode, "Theo's Economic Lesson", which premiered on September 20, 1984.

Housewife

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At one point, Clair had also been envisioned as a Dominican housewife who speaks Spanish when frustrated, inspired by Ricky Ricardo from the sitcom I Love Lucy, but this idea was also abandoned.

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At one point, Clair had also been envisioned as a Dominican housewife who speaks Spanish when frustrated, inspired by Ricky Ricardo from the sitcom I Love Lucy, but this idea was also abandoned.

I Love Lucy

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At one point, Clair had also been envisioned as a Dominican housewife who speaks Spanish when frustrated, inspired by Ricky Ricardo from the sitcom I Love Lucy, but this idea was also abandoned.

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After marrying husband Ahmad Rashad and adopting his surname, Rashad became pregnant with their child during the show's third season, thus requiring her to conceal her pregnancy during episode tapings.

Straight man

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Typically playing straight woman to Cosby's humorous Cliff, Rashad's character began to adopt more comedic material during the show's second season, although she maintains her disciplinarian status within her own household.

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Clair is depicted as a hardworking career woman with strong feminist principles, most evident in the character's early confrontations with chauvinistic son-in-law Elvin.

Feminism

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Clair is depicted as a hardworking career woman with strong feminist principles, most evident in the character's early confrontations with chauvinistic son-in-law Elvin.

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Clair is depicted as a hardworking career woman with strong feminist principles, most evident in the character's early confrontations with chauvinistic son-in-law Elvin.

Social media

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One particularly memorable interaction, dubbed Clair's "feminist rant" by the media, has become so popular that the scene continues to be heavily circulated on the Internet and social media, 30 years after its initial appearance.

Primetime Emmy Award

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Rashad was nominated for two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

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Rashad was nominated for two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

Women in law

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A feminist icon, Clair is revered as one of television's most beloved mothers; as one of television's first working mothers, the character's profound influence on African-American women and female lawyers in television has been dubbed the "Clair Huxtable effect".

Bill Cosby sexual assault cases

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However, in light of several recent sexual assault allegations made against Cosby, some critics have begun to question the comedian's intentions behind creating Clair.