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Clair Huxtable
Clair Huxtable-Phylicia Rashad
Phylicia Rashād as Clair Huxtable
Personal Information
Gender: Female
Nickname Clair Hanks By Elijah Ray Sanders

Aunt Clair By Elijah Ray Sanders

Born: March 20, 1943 (age 48)
dedicated lawyer and proud mother of five children; loving relationship with husband Cliff
Related to: Al Hanks (father)
Carrie Hanks (mother)
Sarah Hanks (younger sister)
Cliff Huxtable (husband)
Sondra Huxtable-Tibideaux (daughter)
Elvin Tibideaux (son-in-law)
Denise Huxtable-Kendall (daughter)
Martin Kendall (son-in-law)
Theo Huxtable (son)
Vanessa Huxtable (daughter)
Rudy Huxtable (daughter)
Olivia Kendall (step-granddaughter)
Nelson Tibideaux (grandson)
Winnie Tibideaux (granddaughter)
Russell Huxtable (father-in-law)
Anna Huxtable (mother-in-law)

Elijah Ray Sanders Nephew

Character information
Appeared on: The Cosby Show
Episodes appeared in: All in series
Character played by: Phylicia Rashād

Clair Olivia Huxtable, ESQ. (née Hanks on March 20, 1943), is the very sexy, eloquent, elegant, eagle-hearted, and sweet wife of Cliff Huxtable. Clair is playful, princess-like, silly, yet very assertive. Her age is directly stated only once during the series, and two separate episodes provide contradictory information on the age difference between herself and Cliff. He celebrates his 50th birthday during Season 3 ("Cliff's 50th Birthday"), while she celebrates her 46th during Season 5 ("Birthday Blues," two years later), indicating that she is six years younger. However, in the Season 4 episode "The Locker Room," it is stated that Clair is four years younger.

Her character was originally supposed to be a housewife, but when the show finally aired, she became a lawyer. During the series, she becomes a partner in her law firm, and she successfully represents her daughter, Sondra, in a case over dishonest car repairs. When it came to the Huxtable household, she was in charge, even though she let Cliff think he was in charge (although Cliff was known to lay down the law when he had to). Despite her princess-like appearance, she was the chief disciplinarian of the children, as shown in an episode where Vanessa and her friends sneak off to Baltimore to see a rock concert and she and Cliff deliver a memorable, eagle-fierce, and scathing diatribe to her. Clair is also something of a disciplinarian to even Cliff, particularly in matters of Cliff sticking to a healthful diet and rationing his junk food intake.

As sensual as she was, Clair was, in every respect, a modest, classy young woman.

Clair makes several appearances on The Cosby Show spin-off A Different World, even after her daughter, Denise Huxtable (Lisa Bonet), is removed from that series.

Clair has been afraid of snakes since Cliff through a fake snake over her shoulders, but he claims he did it to show that he liked her.

Clair is once referred to as Clair Olivia when Cliff is asking their old professor what grade she received in the class. The character of Olivia (Raven-Symone) is later introduced as Denise's stepdaughter.

Clair Huxtable was voted as television's "Favorite TV Mom" in a poll conducted by the Opinion Research Company in 2006.

The character is loosely based upon Cosby's wife, Camille Olivia Hanks-Cosby.

Occasionally, the closed captions may misspell her name as "Claire."