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Clarice Taylor, Bill Cosby, Cosby Show


The Huxtable clan has lost a very valuable member.

Clarice Taylor, the stage and screen vet who found her greatest fame playing Bill Cosby's mom, Anna Huxtable, on The Cosby Show, has died at the age of 93.

Her publicist says Taylor succumbed to heart failure on Monday in Englewood, N.J.

Born in 1917 in Virginia, Taylor got her break in 1976 with a recurring role on Sesame Street as David's grandmother, Harriet, which she followed with guest spots on such TV shows as Ironside, Sanford and Son and Spenser for Hire.

She appeared in such films as Clint Eastwood's Play Misty for Me and onstage as the Good Witch in The Wiz.

But Taylor will be best remembered as the beloved Grandma on The Cosby Show, a role that earned her an Emmy nomination in 1986.

"Clarice was a hip mother, fearless," Cosby tells E! News. "She drove her Corvette all over Brooklyn and Harlem. Danica Patrick had nothing on her."

Rest in peace.

—Additional reporting by Katie Rhames

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