3. Phylicia Rashad is only 10 years older than Sabrina Le Beauf, her onscreen daughter.
4. Rudy was originally going to be a son, but casting a boy proved too difficult, so they let girls audition.
5. Cliff’s name was originally Clifford, but at the end of the series he was referred to as Heathcliff.
6. Bill Cosby was inspired by I Love Lucy and wanted Clair to be Dominican, so she could go off on Spanish tirades when angry.
Phylicia Rashad, who was fluent in Spanish, won the role by demonstrating her language skills, but this idea was dropped before the pilot was taped.
13. Bill Cosby insisted that the show be filmed in New York because he disliked Hollywood.
20. At his request, Bill Cosby never received an Emmy nod for his work on the series.
Cosby was personally opposed to the competition between performers.
21. And the character of Cliff Huxtable was ranked first in TV Guide’s list of the 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time.
Facts courtesy of IMDB.
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