Clarice Taylor
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Clarice Taylor as Anna Huxtable, Cliff's mother, in an episode of "The Cosby Show".
Vital Information
Gender: Female
Born: (1917-09-20)September 20, 1917
Place of birth: Buckingham County, Virginia, U.S.
Died May 30, 2011(2011-05-30) (aged 93)
Deathplace Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Family/Career Information
Stage, television & film actress
Related to: William and James (sons) >br> Gizele (daughter-in-law)
4 grandchildren: Jason, Kristen, Raul Jr. and Jared
Character/series information
Appeared on
/involved with:
The Cosby Show
Episodes appeared in/
involved with:
19 in Seasons 1-8
Character played Anna Huxtable

Clarice Taylor (September 20, 1917 – May 30, 2011)[1][2] was an American stage, film and television actress.


Born in Buckingham County, Virginia but raised in Harlem, New York, Clarice was best known for her recurring role on television on The Cosby Show as Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable's (Bill Cosby) mother, Anna Huxtable. She was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1986 for the role. She was also a regular on Nurse, played Harriet on Sesame Street and also appeared as Grady's Cousin Emma on Sanford and Son.[3][4]

Clarice started working in the theatre—with the American Negro Theatre—at a time when there were few opportunities for African-American actors. To support herself she followed in the footsteps of her father, Leon B. Taylor, Sr., and went to work for the U.S. Post Office. In the 1960s she got her big break that enabled her to act full-time. Taylor was one of the founding members of the Negro Ensemble Company, headquartered in New York's East Village, in Manhattan on 8th Street / St. Mark's Place.

Film workEdit

While working with the NEC she got her first offer of a movie role in Change of Mind. Her next film role was as "Minnie" in Otto Preminger's Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon. In 1971 she played Birdie in Clint Eastwood's Play Misty For Me. In 1973, she brought a role she had pioneered off-Broadway to film, playing Gladys Brooks in Five on the Blackhand Side.


Taylor appeared in The Wiz as Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North. Her most recent performance was in a touring production of her own one-woman show, Moms, for which she won an Obie Award in 1987 for best performance by an actress. Her most recent film appearance was a small role in Wayne Wang's film Smoke.


Clarice Taylor died at her home in Englewood, New Jersey from congestive heart failure, aged 93. She is survived by her two adopted sons: William and James Thomas, her daughter-in-law, Gizele, and four grandchildren: Jason, Kristen, Raul Jr. and Jared. and her beloved nephews Lee and Rick Taylor.


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