Okay...yes I realize this happened days ago. You all know that I've been a little preoccupied so forgive me that I'm just now getting around to mentioning it. I'm actually rather amazed at how many significant passings have been happening in clumps lately. We go months without one then it starts pouring. Here's the latest.
Actress Clarice Taylor, best known for her role as the grandmother on "The Cosby Show" passed away this Monday at her home in Englewood. She was 93-years-old.
Anyone that has been following this blog for any amount of time should know the first thing that popped into my mind when I saw this. How uncanny was it that she was the same age as Popoo when she passed away and it was within a couple of days of him going home? Not to mention that she was famous for playing a grandparent.
I really don't want to speak ill of the dead so I hope folks don't take this the wrong way. It's really just an observation on my part. Something that stuck with me ever since the first time I saw her first appearance on "The Cosby Show". She always reminded me of Calibos from the original "Clash of the Titans". I hate to say it, but she was the spitting image of him. Without the horns. That's all I could think of everytime I saw her.
That being said, her and Grandpa Huxtable were the BEST grandparents on television. Ever. That's one of the reasons that show was so great for so long. They had these folks in roles that made you instantly fall in love with them. I don't know of anyone from my generation that didn't get the feeling that her and Grandpa Huxtable were almost like surrogate grandparents to all of us.
Naturally, Clarice had other notable roles. Like playing Moms Mabely in an off Brodway play that garnered her an Obie. I can SO see her in that part. However, nothing she ever did prior to, during and/or after "The Cosby Show" will ever be as memorable as the joys she left with us as the endearing grandmother on one of the greatest sitcoms ever.
Rest in peace, Ms. Taylor.