“Cosby” nostalgia: Where have all the Huxtables gone?


It doesn’t take a lot to make me reminisce about The Cosby Show, but this week I have a couple of good reasons. First, Tempestt Bledsoe, who played Vanessa Huxtable — as well as Clay’s mom in South of Nowhere — has been cast in a new Oxygen movie. (Sadly, the movie is called Husband for Hire, so I’m already over it.) Second, today is the gorgeous Phylicia Rashad‘s 59th birthday.

After gazing fondly at a few Rashad photos — I had such a crush on her in the ’80s — I decided to see what all the ladies of Cosby are up to and how they’ve changed over the years. My sleuthing was very cursory, so if you have any better info, please let me know in the comments. Here’s what I learned:

Phylicia Rashad (Clair Huxtable, the mom) has had various film, TV and theater roles and will soon be seen in a made-for-TV version of A Raisin in the Sun, also starring Audra McDonald and Sanaa Lathan. Cannot. Wait.

Sabrina Le Beauf (eldest daughter Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux) has turned her hand to Shakespeare, having recently starred in various Shakespeare Theatre Company productions in Washington, D.C. Isn’t it just like Sondra to do something so smart and sexy?

Lisa Bonet (Denise Huxtable) is still acting and directing, having recently wrapped Whitepaddy — I haven’t heard of it, but RuPaul is in it, so it has to be worth a look.

I covered Tempestt Bledsoe (Vanessa Huxtable) above, but here’s her then-and-now photo:

Keshia Knight Pulliam (baby Rudy Huxtable) earned a degree in sociology from Spelman College and had a role in Beauty Shop. She can also be seen in Death Toll, a movie about New Orleans that also stars Lou Diamond Phillips and DMX. But when I say "seen," I’m not sure I mean "recognized" — would you know her if you saw her on the street?

And we all know where Raven (Denise’s stepdaughter Olivia, then credited as Raven-Symoné) ended up — with her own show, That’s So Raven. That’s so cute.

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