- Ahmad Rashad proposed to her on national TV during the halftime show of NBC's Thanksgiving Day broadcast of the game between the Detroit Lions and the New York Jets. Earlier in the day, she had worked NBC's Macy's Thanksgiving Day telecast. Within minutes of hearing Ahmad's request, she came on NBC's "NFL Live" halftime set and accepted his proposal live on TV.
- Her father and first husband were both dentists.
- Sister of Debbie Allen
- Her ex-husband, Victor Willis, was a lead singer for the Village People.
- Sits on the Board of Directors of Atlanta, GA's Alliance Theatre Company, the largest regional theatre in the Southeastern United States.
- Taught drama at her alma mater of Howard University in Washington, D.C.
- Appears in the video pre-show of the "Dinosaur" ride at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park.
- Is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
- Wears a size 9 shoe.
- Phylicia's "The Cosby Show" (1984) matriarch, Claire Huxtable, was voted "TV mom closest to your own mom in spirit" by an Opinion Research Corporation poll in April of 2004.
- sister-in-law of Norman Nixon.
- Nominated for a 2004 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actress in a play for "A Raisin in the Sun" on Broadway.
- Tied for the 2004 Drama Desk award for Best Actress in a play for "A Raisin in the Sun" with Viola Davis for "Intimate Apparel".
- Became the first African-American actress to win the Best Actress (Play) Tony Award for her 2004 performance as Lena Younger in a revival of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun". Several Black women have won in the Best Actress (Musical) category, including the late Virginia Capers, who won in 1973 for her portrayal of Lena in the musical adaptation of Hansberry's play called "Raisin."
- She speaks Spanish fluently.
- O.J. Simpson was best-man at her 1985 wedding to Ahmad Rashad.
- She and her sister were partly raised in Mexico, which is why they both speak Spanish so fluently.
- Recorded the Narration for Epcot's Candlelight Processional Soundtrack, sold all over Walt Disney World during Christmas.
- Children: Son Billy (born in 1973 - Father: William Lancelot Bowles Jr.), Daughter Condola Phylea (born December 11, 1986 - Father: Ahmad Rashad), 3 stepchildren (Ahmad's children): daughter Keva (born in 1970), daughter Maiysha (born in 1974) and son Ahmad Jr. (born in 1978).
- Shares a birthday with comic-strip feline "Garfield" who made his newspaper premiere on June 19, 1978, making Phylica Rashad exactly 30 years older than Garfield.
- Daughter Condola Phylea - with Ahmad Rashad - was born on December 11, 1986; 3 days before the Rashads' first wedding anniversary .
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