Sondra (Sabrina Le Beauf) is the eldest of five children of Cliff and Clair Huxtable on the series.
|Born:||November 19, 1965|
|The oldest of five children and the oldest child born to Cliff and Clair Huxtable who appears on the series.|
|Related to:||Cliff Huxtable (father) |
Clair Huxtable (mother)
Denise Kendall (sister)
Vanessa Huxtable (sister)
Rudy Huxtable (sister)
Russell Huxtable (grandfather)
Anna Huxtable (grandmother)
|Appeared on:||The Cosby Show|
|Episodes appeared in:||53 in series|
|Character played by:||Sabrina Le Beauf|
Sondra Kari Tibideaux (née Huxtable on November 19, 1965) (Sabrina Le Beauf), the eldest daughter of Cliff and Clair Huxtable who appears on The Cosby Show. The part of Sondra is played on the series by Sabrina Le Beauf.
Sondra did not appear onscreen until mid-way through Season 1 of The Cosby Show; in fact, she did not even exist in the pilot episode (Clair: "Why do we have four children?" Cliff: "Because we did not want five.") In her first appearance, she is a sophomore in college, 20 years old putting her birth year in 1964. She earned a degree from Princeton University. She married her boyfriend, Elvin Tibideaux, in Season Four, and later gave birth to twins - a boy and a girl - named after Nelson and Winnie Mandela.
More serious, earnest and responsible than the other children, Sondra fits many of the characteristics of an eldest child. Though she had her moments of bizarre thinking (e.g.- dropping out of law school to open an outdoor shop), she'd usually snap out of them relatively quickly. Because of her intelligence level and overachieving nature, she's looked upon by her parents proudly, but also is held to a higher standard than the rest of the children.
Sondra was created when Bill Cosby wanted the show to express the accomplishment of successfully raising a child (e.g.- a college graduate). Whitney Houston was considered for the role of Sondra Huxtable, but did not want to give up her burgeoning music career. Sabrina LeBeauf almost missed out on the role because she is only 10 years younger (b. 1958) than Phylicia Rashād (b. 1948).
The character is loosely based upon Cosby's eldest daughter, Erika, who was approximately the same age as Sondra.