- Category : 1917-births
- Type : PSP
- Profile : 6/2 - Role Model / Hermit
- Definition : Split - Small (48,57)
- Incarnation Cross : LAX The Plane 2
American stage, film and television actress, best known for her recurring role on the TV series The Cosby Show, playing Anna Huxtable, the mother of Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable (Bill Cosby). She was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1986 for the role. She was also a regular on various TV series including Nurse; as Harriet on Sesame Street; and as Grady's cousin Emma on Sanford and Son.
Taylor was raised in Harlem, New York. She started working in the theatre—with the American Negro Theatre—at a time when there were few opportunities for African-American actors and comedians. To support herself she followed in the footsteps of her father, Leon B. Taylor, Sr., and went to work for the U.S. Post Office. In the 1960s she got her big break that enabled her to act full-time. Taylor was one of the founding members of the Negro Ensemble Company, headquartered in New York's East Village on St. Mark's Place.
Clarice Taylor died in Englewood, New Jersey on 30 May 2011 from congestive heart failure, aged 93.