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Grey’s Anatomy‘s April 15 episode is shaping up to be something of a family affair: Phylicia Rashad is set to guest-star on the ABC drama, which co-stars (and is exec-produced by) her real-life sister, Debbie Allen.
“My sister Phylicia Rashad will appear in [Episode 12] and bring true power, fun and grace in a role that touches a chord about the voice of the people,” Allen tells TVLine exclusively. “Our cast and crew gave her a standing ovation in honor of her presence. I gave her a slice of cornbread.”
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Although Allen’s Catherine will turn up in Rashad’s episode, we’re told the siblings will not share any scenes together.
In addition to playing The Cosby Show‘s Clair Huxtable for 8 seasons — a role that earned her multiple Emmy nominations — Rashad’s TV work includes Psych, Empire and Do No Harm. She more recently appeared on This Is Us as the mother of Susan Kelechi Watson’s Beth, and as a pastor in the final season of 13 Reasons Why.
Incidentally, this is not Rashad’s first brush with the Grey‘s-verse; last season her voice was featured in an episode of sister series Station 19.
News of Rashad’s casting comes one the eve of Grey’s Anatomy‘s slightly-delayed-by-President-Biden midseason premiere (Thursday, 9:20-ish ET, ABC).
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