Actress Phylicia Rashad

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on September 5, 2004

I love to watch reruns ofThe Cosby Show. In one episode, Phylicia Rashad, who plays Claire, Cosby’s wife, sang a solo with a chorus at Hillman College. Has she ever sung professionally?

—Shirley S., Michigan

Rashad, who made history this year when she became the first black actress to win a Tony award for a dramatic leading role, sings with a gospel choir, the Broadway Inspirational Voices. In addition, the Houston native has performed solo at the Rainbow Room at New York’s Rockefeller Center, the Las Vegas Hilton, Harrah’s in Atlantic City, N.J., and as a featured vocalist with symphony orchestras across the nation. Rashad, 56, won Broadway’s top honor in June for portraying Lena Younger in A Raisin in the Sun.