The Cosby show was aired on NBC for eight seasons, and while it lasted, the show introduced us to the Huxtable family, an upper-middle-class African American family living in Brooklyn, New York. Named by TV Guide as the most atypical black family in television history, it won a series of awards and was one of only two American shows to surpass the Nielsen ratings in five consecutive seasons. As insanely successful as the show was, so were the stars it launched. One of them is Sabrina Le Beauf, who played the Huxtables’ oldest child, Sondra Huxtable.
Outside of the screen, she is also a stage and dubbing actress with notable works such as the animated series Nick at Nite – Fatherhood, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and The Taming of the Shrew, which honors her. Nowadays she is up to her neck in her work as an interior designer.
Sabrina Le Beauf – How Old Is She?
Sabrina Marie Le Beauf is of Creole origin from Louisiana and was born on March 21, 1958, in New Orleans, Louisiana. She then grew up in Los Angeles at the side of her brother Graylan Moore, after her family moved to the City of Angels shortly after her birth. As an adolescent, she was fascinated by Shakespeare’s stories and enjoyed portraying any character from his plays.
Le Beauf completed her high school education at St. Matthias Catholic Girls High School in Huntington Park, California, that is, before moving to the campus of Pius X High School in Downey, California. She moved to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater arts.
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Her love of acting then took her one step further by enrolling in the Yale School of Drama, from which she learned all the nuances of stage acting and further refined her skills. She was trained by actor and director Robert Lewis and also shared classes with future actors such as John Turturro, Charles S. Dutton, and Angela Bassett. Eventually, she was prepared for a professional career and began auditioning for roles both on stage and on screen.
Sabrina Le Beauf is possibly single today but was once married. She tied the connubial knot with Michael Reynolds, a radio producer from Washington D.C., in 1987, just six weeks after they met. Unfortunately, they divorced in 1996.
Career and The Cosby Show
Sabrina Le Beauf made her acting debut with a stage play that was performed in a New York theater. In 1984 she was given a role in the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show as the eldest daughter of the Huxtable family, Sondra, which was her career breakthrough and put her on the celebrity map. Her theatrical experience gave her an advantage over hundreds of other actresses who had auditioned for the role, including Whitney Houston.
Phylicia Rashad played her mother, Clair Huxtable, while Bill Cosby played the role of Huxtable patriarch, Dr. Cliff. The series was broadcast from 1984 to 1992 and appeared in 52 episodes. Le Beauf’s performance earned her the ensemble of the best young actress in a TV comedy, drama series, or a special at the Young Artist Awards in 1989.
As her television career progresses, Sabrina Le Beauf has not given up on the theater. She appeared in Love, Loss, and What I Wore, which were performed in various theaters, including the Westside Theatre in New York, the Delaware Theatre Center, and the Scottsdale Centre for the Arts. Le Beauf has also played many roles with the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., including Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew, Rosalind in As You Like It, Cordelia in King Lear, Rosaline in Lost Love in Labour’s Lost, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Helena in All’s Well That Ends Well.
Her elite performances have also been staged by many other theaters including the George Street Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Goodman Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Rep., San Jose Rep., Arizona Theatre Company, and Chautauqua Theatre Institute. She has also appeared in films such as the television movie Howard Beach: Making a Case for Murder.
On the small screen, Le Beauf appeared as Ensign Giusti in two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993) and lent her voice to Norma Bindlebeep, the wife of scientist Dr. Arthur Bindlebeep, who was spoken by Blair Underwood in the animated sitcom “Fatherhood. She also hosted several television shows, including In Your Own Backyard, E! Style Television’s Homes With Style, and was also the East Coast correspondent cum host for the Oregon Public TV series Smart Gardening.
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Where Is She Now?
After the Cosby Show had ended, Sabrina Le Beauf decided to follow her other passion in life, interior design. She enrolled in a professional interior design program at her alma mater UCLA and, after graduating, started her own interior design company while continuing to work as an actress.
She attended the Sundance Theatre Lab and the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, where she worked both as a script reader and as an actress. Her knowledge of interior design also helped her to moderate “In Your Own Backyard and Homes with Style”. Sabrina Le Beauf lives in New York, where her business is growing by leaps and bounds.
While interior designing may seem like a career outside the bar to someone with an acting background, Le Beauf said in an interview that she finds as much fulfillment in it as she does in acting.