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Remember Sondra from 'The Cosby Show'? Sabrina Le Beauf Just Turned 63 and Has a Very Different Career

Ksenia Novikova
Jul 29, 2021
05:03 P.M.
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Sabrina Le Beauf is best known for her role as Sondra, the eldest daughter of the Huxtable family in the ‘80s sitcom "The Cosby Show." After the end of the show, Sabrina decided to pursue another career, and these days she’s pretty successful in her field.

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She may be 63 years old, but Sabrina Le Beauf is looking great these days. Although she's kept a low profile for most of her life following her stint on "The Cosby Show," fans continue to get glimpses of her through social media. 

Le Beauf, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, once shared classrooms with Angela Bassett back in the day, making her just ten years younger than Phylicia Rashad. Despite this, Rashad gave life to her character’s mother on the show.

Actress Sabrina LeBeauf attends the 9th Annual TV Land Awards at the Javits Center on April 10, 2011 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

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LE BEAUF'S TIME ON "THE COSBY SHOW"

"The Cosby Show" remains a crowd favorite up until today, with fans wondering what the cast is doing in more recent times. This love for the show stems from the great casting, which of course, includes Le Beauf, who won over the show producers despite having women like Whitney Houston audition for the same role. 

Towards the end of the show, Le Beauf actually had problems with producers who wanted her to be "on call" during the last couple of episodes. She couldn't understand why she couldn't just be called in when she had work and not sit around on set, waiting for them to call on her. 

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SHIFTING CAREER PATHS

In the end, Bill Cosby had to come in and help her. Thanks to his intervention, her work release agreement was amicably settled. 

After the end of the successful show in 1992, Le Beauf decided that even though she loved acting, she wanted to specialize in something else to secure her future. So, following her other passion, she enrolled in an interior design program at UCLA and began designing homes for well-off clients.

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THE SIMILARITIES IN HER PASSIONS

In an interview she did some years ago, she explained how important it was for her to start an interior design business. Like acting, it was something that gave her life. She said:

"Whatever part of the brain and the heart that acting feeds in me, the 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."

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CONTINUING HER ACTING CAREER

While she decided to switch careers, Le Beauf is aware of the importance of TV shows like “The Cosby Show” to the African American community. After all these years, she’s proud of being part of that legacy. 

As acting is still a passion of hers, she continues to act but in theater shows. She believes that in theater, she is able to express her talent in a different way as compared to TV shows. 

While she is proud of many things like "The Cosby Show," Le Beauf is most proud of being a part of The Complete Works Festival at The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England.

She also starred in "Love's Labour's Lost" in Washington, DC, Shakespeare Theater Company in 2006, which was a dream come true. 

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