Sabrina Le Beauf is remembered by many as the eldest, smart daughter of the Huxtable family in the 80s’ sitcom “The Cosby Show.” These days, she’s 61-year-old and living her life away from cameras as she thrives in a very different career.
Sabrina Le Beauf’s performance as Sondra Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” earned her a permanent place in the heart of sitcom fans, and almost four decades after the end of the show, she keeps receiving love and praise from an audience that keeps growing and renewing.
A New Orleans native raised in Los Angeles, Sabrina always knew that she would pursue acting sometime in her life. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre arts from UCLA and took her craft a step further by enrolling at the Yale School of Drama.
There, she started to gain experience in a professional theater setting, and those earned skills were what assured her a spot on “The Cosby Show” at 26 when she won the role to a then rising Whitney Houston.
“When Sabrina came in, we all recognized that this was an actress. She is thoroughly learned,” Bill Cosby told People in 1999.
The show aired from 1984 to 1992, and by the end, Sabrina was already on her thirties. But instead of finding new roles to continue her work on the screen as the other members of the cast, Le Beauf decided to take a step back and pursue another of her dreams, securing her future in the process.
Sabrina enrolled in an interior design program at UCLA, and soon after started to decorate the homes of well-off clients that allowed her imagination to go wild, as she didn’t have to worry for sticking to a limited budget.
Talking to People about her life as an interior designer, Sabrina said:
“Whatever part of the brain and the heart that acting feeds in me, design does the same thing. You walk into an empty home, and little by little, you put it together, and it comes to life, just the way you build a character. Once it’s there and people really like it, it’s the same as the applause you get as an actor.”
At 61, Sabrina not only looks ageless, but she is still one of the best at her craft. She currently lives in New York but seems to enjoy traveling a lot, as some pictures on her Instagram suggest.
Although she hasn’t appeared on screen in years, Sabrina didn’t abandon acting completely.
She still takes on the stage at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington occasionally, and has made appearances in plays such as “Love's Labour's Lost,” “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” “The Taming of the Shrew,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “King Lear” and “As You Like It.”
Sabrina is one of the few actresses of “The Cosby Show” that has remained mum about the sexual abuse allegations that its creator, Bill Cosby, is facing.
But she’s aware of the importance the show had within the African-American community back in the day.
“Even though we were a black family, everyone, despite their race, could relate to us,” she reflected. “People needed it; they wanted it; they were ready for it. I didn’t realize how lucky I was to be on that show.”