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Darren Franich
June 01, 2011 AT 07:03 PM EDT

Clarice Taylor, who had a pivotal recurring role on The Cosby Show, died on Monday, according to People. The actress, who was 93, succumbed to heart failure. One of the founding members of the Negro Ensemble Company, Taylor had a career that spanned the stage, the big and small screen, and radio. She was in the original Broadway cast of The Wiz (as the Good Witch), and had a supporting role in Clint Eastwood’s Play Misty For Me. On The Cosby Show, she played Anna Huxtable, mother of Bill Cosby’s Cliff Huxtable, a role which garnered her an Emmy nomination in 1986. She is survived by two sons and five grandchildren.

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