Clarice Taylor, 93, an actress best known for portraying the self-possessed Grandmother Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” died May 30 at her home in Englewood, N.J. She had congestive heart failure.
Bill Cosby said she was “perfect” as the mother of his character, Cliff Huxtable, on the NBC sitcom that aired from 1984 to 1992 — except she looked “young enough to play my sister.”
“She did stand-up comedy. She and I were not of the ‘theatuh’ per se, we are performers,” Cosby told the Los Angeles Times. “So whenever I’d say something to her about doing something, I just talked to her the way comedians talk.”
After appearing in the original Broadway production of “The Wiz” in the late 1970s, Ms. Taylor toured with the show and roomed with Phylicia Rashad, who played Cosby’s wife on the TV series.
Ms. Taylor first auditioned to play Rashad’s mother but eventually was cast as Cosby’s.