Best known for her role as Dr. Cliff Huxtable’s mother on the iconic family sitcom, The Cosby Show, actress Clarice Thomas died on Monday. She was 93 years old.

Taylor suffered from heart issues that plagued her as she got older.  Taylor’s rep told PEOPLE magazine, she was surrounded by her family when she passed.

A performer at heart, Taylor graced stages all over the world and impacted various parts of the entertainment industry including radio, TV, film and stage. A member of the New York based, Negro Ensemble Company, Taylor helped to pave the way for many African-American actors to come. Though her career took off in the 1960s, her star continued shining into the next decade with her appearance in Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon alongside Liza Minelli. Still, her most recognized roles were on the small screen on sitcoms including Sanford and Son and most memorably, The Cosby Show.

Always giving a warm and witty performance as Anna Huxtable, Taylor was a sage to Bill Cosby, Phyllicia Rashad and the rest of the legendary and classic cast. In 1986, Taylor was nominated for an Emmy in 1986 for her recurring role on long-running sitcom.

We send our condolences to her family and loved at this time.

 

 

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  • I condolences to her family and loved ones. I remember watching her on the Cosby Show as I was a child. I wonder if they’ll do any reruns in her honor.

  • Clutch, you typoed her name in the title. I think you mean “Taylor” as referenced in the article as opposed to “Thomas” in the heading.

  • Alexandra

    She broke barriers and continued to watch others break them also. Cosby show, is the only show I also recognize her from. RIP.

  • Tamara

    I first saw her in “Purlie” and I loved her as the Grandmother on The Cosby’s…rest in peace Ms. Clarice Thomas. I’ve enjoyed your talent and thanks to TVLand you will forever be remembered.

  • Penny

    So sad to hear that; I loved her on the show. RIP.