Phylicia Rashad-Allen was born on June 19, 1948, in Houston, Texas. She was born to Vivian Elizabeth, a poet and art director, Andrew Arthur Allen Jr., a jazz musician, and an orthodontist. She came from a well-educated background, with her mother having been an alumnus of Brainerd Institute, Barber-Scotia College, and Bennett College of North Carolina. As a young child, Rashad, her older brother Andrew, and her younger sister, Debbie Allen, lived in Mexico. Rashad also had another brother named Hugh Allen, who became a real estate banker in North Carolina. Rashad's mother decided to move to Mexico to give her children a chance to grow up in an environment that was not plagued with the racism and segregation prevalent in the 1950s.
Rashad attended college at Howard University and graduated magna cum laude in 1970 with a Bachelor's degree. At Howard University, Rashad was initiated into the Alpha Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Rashad played a role in "A Raisin in The Sun," for which she earned the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-series, or Dramatic Special. She also lent her voice to "The Mother" of the African-American community at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards.
Rashad began her career in theatre and became renowned for her work on the stage in a series of Broadway shows, including her role as Deena Jones in "Dreamgirls" and playing a Munchkin in "The Wiz" for three and a half years. In 1978, Rashad further showcased her vocal ability and released the album "Josephine Superstar," which tells the life story of Josephine Baker. The album was written and produced by Jacques Morali and Rashad's second husband, Victor Willis, the original lead singer and lyricist of the Village People.
Rashad has credits on Broadway productions such as "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "August: Osage County," "Blue," and "Into the Woods." She has also played several theatrical roles off-Broadway, including "Bernarda Alba," "Helen," and "The Sirens." Additionally, she has performed in several regional theaters, including the Alliance Theater in Atlanta, Georgia, where she played the role of Medea in "Blues for an Alabama Sky," the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and the Huntington Theater in Boston. In 2004, Rashad became the first black actress of any nationality to win the Best Actress (Play) Tony Award for her role as Lena Younger in the revival of Lorraine Hansberry's play "A Raisin in the Sun."
|Date of Birth:||19-06-1948|
|Birth Place:||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Children:||Condola Rashad, William Lancelot Bowles III|
|Employer:||Movies, TV Shows|
|Marital Status:||Not Now|
|Net Worth:||$55 Million Dollars|
|Height:||5 feet 6 inches|
|Husband:||Ahmad Rash?d Victor Willis, William Lancelot Bowles, Jr.|
|T.V. Show(s):||Do No Harm, Little Bill, Cosby, The Cosby Show|
|Alma Mater:||Howard University|
|Ex. Husband:||Ahmad Rash?d|
|Birth Date:||19 Jun, 1948|
|Citizenship:||United States of America|
|Net Worth 2020:||55 million|
|Net Worth 2021:||25 million|