'Cosby Show' and 'Sesame Street' Actress Clarice Taylor Dies

The theater, film and television actress was 93.

Cosby Show and Sesame Street actress Clarice Taylor has died. She was 93. Taylor succumbed to heart failure and was surrounded by family when she passed, according to People.

Taylor played Bill Cosby's TV mother Anna Huxtable on the long-running comedy. Her performance earned her an Emmy nomination in 1986 for outstanding guest performer in a comedy series.

Taylor was also well known for playing the character Harriet on Sesame Street for 14 years.

Taylor's other credits include Clint Eastwood's Play Misty for Me, Sommersby, Wayne Wang's Smoke and an episode of Sanford and Son. She was also appeared in the original Broadway production of The Wiz and won an Obie award in 1987 for Moms, a play about comedian Jackie "Moms" Mabley.

The actress, along with her Cosby Show co-star Phylicia Rashad, was also a member of the Negro Ensemble Company, which presents shows by and about black people to a culturally diverse, and traditionally underserved, audiences. 

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