Broadway and Hollywood Legend Best Known for 'The Cosby Show' Passes Away

December 21, 2018Dec 21, 2018

The sad news was reported on Friday, December 21 that Ethel Aylor has passed away at the age of 88. The Broadway legend passed away a few weeks ago, but the news was not made public until now.

Aylor was best known for her time on “The Cosby Show.” She played Bill Cosby’s mother-in-law, Carrie Hanks. She was beloved by many on the show.

While Aylor found success on TV, her biggest accomplishments were on stage. From 1987 to 1988 Ethel acted in the original Broadway production of August Wilson’s "Fences."

Aylor was born in 1930 in Alabama. She went to Fisk University in Nashville before moving to Chicago to pursue singing. When she won a role in a touring company, she got more into acting.

According to The Mirror, Ethel’s Broadway debut was in 1957 when she starred in the musical “Simply Heavenly.” Her last appearance on stage was in 1997 in “The Little Foxes.”

Aylor’s credits also include movies. She was in “The Bodyguard,” “To Sleep With Anger,” “Charleston Blue,” and more. She was even nominated for best-supporting female at the Independent Spirit Awards!

Please be praying for Ethel's family and friends during this time. Though she lived a long and successful life, any loss is difficult, especially during the holiday season. Share your prayers here! In other recent news, a type of Ibuprofen has been recalled. If you have young kids, you'll want to be on the lookout!