Sabrina Marie Le Beauf is better known for her role as the eldest, smart daughter of the Huxtable family in the ’80s sitcom “The Cosby Show,” but these days, the stunning 60-years-old actress is thriving in a very different career.
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Born in New Orleans but raised in Los Angeles, Sabrina knew since she was little that acting was one of her passions in life. At 26 she found the role that would mark her entire acting career when she won the casting of Sondra Huxtable to a then young Whitney Houston. According to producers of the show, Sabrina’s experience with theater gave her advantage over the late singer.
As a curious fact, Sondra’s role was not written in the series by the time the pilot was aired. But after Bill Cosby realized the potential of the show, he decided to add a fifth child to the Huxtable family, a daughter that was away in college and that proved the family could raise their kids well.
Sabrina Le Beauf was only ten years younger than her TV mom, Phylicia Rashad. By the time the series ended in 1992, she was already in her thirties, and instead of finding more roles in TV, Le Beauf decided to follow her other passion, assuring her future in the process, since she knew the entertainment industry could be unpredictable.
A Yale School of Drama graduate, Sabrina enrolled in an interior design program at UCLA, and soon after started to decorate the homes of well-off clients who didn’t have a limit budget wise, so she could let her imagination and creativity go wild.
She described the feeling that design gave her to People magazine a few years ago, saying:
“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.”
Sabrina is one of the best at her craft, and she hasn’t given up on acting entirely.
After all these years, people still recognize her as Sondra, and she’s very aware of the importance that “The Cosby Show” had within the African American community back in the time. The series set a precedent, and despite the scandals surrounding its creator, Bill Cosby, its legacy still lives.
“Even though we were a black family, everyone, despite their race, could relate to us. People needed it; they wanted it, they were ready for it. I didn’t realize how lucky I was to be on that show,” she said.
The beautiful woman just celebrated her 60th birthday on March, and she still takes on the stage at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington occasionally. She 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 seems to be living a fruitful life, and even though we miss her on the screen, we’re glad she’s doing what she’s passionate about.