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Clarice Taylor

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American television, film, and stage actress who was simply nominated for any 1986 Emmy Award on her behalf role as Anna Huxtable within the Cosby Display. She started operating in the American Negro Theater and also worked well in the U.S. POSTOFFICE for some time. She was among the founding users from the Negro Outfit Company in NY. She used two sons, William and Wayne Thomas. She performed the part of Expenses Cosby’s character’s mom within the Cosby Show.

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Full Name Clarice Taylor
Date Of Birth September 20, 1917
Died May 30, 2011, Englewood, New Jersey, United States
Place Of Birth Virginia
Profession TV Actress
Nationality American
Spouse Maxwell Glanville
Children James Banks, William Banks
Parents Ophelia Taylor, Leon B. Taylor
Awards Obie Award for Performance
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series
Movies Smoke, Sommersby, Five on the Black Hand Side, Such Good Friends, Play Misty for Me, Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon
TV Shows Nurse
Star Sign Virgo

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1New Jersey, USA: Retired from acting. [August 2009]
2Played the role of Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North, in the musical The Wiz (1978). Later recreated the role in the film version released at the same time as the the film that starred Diana Ross, The Wiz (1978), in which the character was known as Miss One.
3Best known on TV for playing the recurring role of Harriet (David's grandmother) on Sesame Street (1969) and Bill Cosby's mother on The Cosby Show (1984).
4Involved in a lawsuit in the late 1980s over ownership rights of the play "Moms," based on the life of Chitlin' Circuit comedienne Moms Mabley. Ms. Taylor developed interest in creating a full-length play after portraying Moms in a sketch in an off-off-Broadway production in the early 1980s. Taylor collaborated with friend and Obie-winning writer Alice Childress on the play with Childress receiving sole copyright for her writing of the play, although Taylor provided much of the research material and suggested characters and scenes. Eventually, personal and professional relations broke down between the two, and Taylor produced a new play based on the comedienne. Alleged copyright infringements eventually led to a legal action with Childress emerging victorious.
5African-American actress for over five decades, performing on stage, radio, television, and in film; co-founder of Harlem's American Negro Theater.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
History of the World in Eight Minutes1998ShortRenata
Smoke1995Grandma Ethel
Due South1995TV SeriesMrs. Chaffey
Sommersby1993Esther
The Cosby Show1985-1992TV SeriesAnna Huxtable
Sesame Street1989TV SeriesDavid's Grandma
Spenser: For Hire1986TV SeriesMiss Emma
Lady Blue1985TV SeriesPearl McKinley
Heart's Island1985TV SeriesMattie
Nothing Lasts Forever1984Lu
Purlie1981TV MovieIdella Landy
Nurse1981TV SeriesNurse Bailey
The Torture of Mothers1980
Beulah Land1980TV Mini-SeriesLovey
The Wiz1978VideoAddaperle, the Good Witch of the North
Wedding Band1974TV MovieFanny Johnson
Sanford and Son1974TV SeriesCousin Emma
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law1974TV SeriesMrs. Simpson
Ironside1973TV SeriesClotilde Loggins
Five on the Black Hand Side1973Mrs. Brooks
Such Good Friends1971Mrs. McKay
Play Misty for Me1971Birdie
Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon1970Minnie
Change of Mind1969Rose Landis
The Doctors1968-1969TV SeriesHope Stark

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Cosby Show: A Look Back2002TV Movie documentaryHerself - Anna Huxtable
Showtime at the Apollo1987TV SeriesHerself / Moms Mabley
The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Nominee for Outstanding Guest Performer in Comedy Series

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2012TV SpecialHerself - In Memoriam
The Cosby Show1987TV SeriesAnna Huxtable

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1986Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy SeriesThe Cosby Show (1984)
1975Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Motion PictureFive on the Black Hand Side (1973)


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