While critics and peers have been praising Phylicia's work in The Raisin in the Sun , many fans will always remember her as Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show . When Oprah reunited the Huxtable kids with their television dad, Bill Cosby had nothing but kind things to say about his former co-star.
"If there was ever an actress who should have gotten an Emmy for her work, [it was Phylicia]. Nobody tied everything together like Phylicia Rashad. [She] was the anchor," Bill says.
Bill says one of the reasons Phylicia got the part was because she knew how to cut a look to the children like no other. "Only mothers know that look."
Phylicia says the truth is, Bill was the one responsible for her signature glance. While filming the Cosby pilot, Phylicia says Bill could tell right away that she had done a lot of theater work. "He said, 'Because you always come in on cue.' He said, 'I want you to try something different. I want you to take the time to look at me and trust that your audience is with you,'" she says. "That's the greatest acting lesson I ever received from anyone."