He may have been a hardcore hip-hop artist, but even Biggie enjoyed “ladies in the place/with style and grace.” Class is a quality that seems almost old-fashioned in these days of attention whoring and bottle-throwing reality TV catfights. Fortunately, there are still some women in celebrity circles who are well known for their poise, grace, style and elegance. We can’t think of a better example than former “Cosby” show star Phylicia Rashad, who returns to TV in the medical drama “Do No Harm,” http://www.nbc.com/do-no-harm/ premiering on NBC at 10 p.m. on Thursday night. (“Scandal” fans get your DVR’s ready so you can watch both.) We used to say of women like these that they carried themselves well. Here’s a list of the celebs that still do.
She plays a classy chick on TV, and carries that through in real life. Kerry Washington, 35, is a college graduate, political activist and celebrated actress who never plays roles that are degrading or embarrassing. Her fashion choices as both Olivia Pope on “Scandal” (opera gloves anyone?) and in her own life are always stunning. Not a breath of scandal has yet been attached to her name at least in her off-screen life and every actor she’s worked with has nothing but praise for her, maybe because opposite her two of her co-stars – Jamie Foxx and Forest Whitaker – have won Oscars.
The former “Cosby” show star and sister to the multitalented Debbie Allen is a Howard University graduate whose daughter, Condola, is following in her thespian footsteps. As Claire Huxtable, Rashad became the example for class for an entire generation. She made being a working mother look not just desirable, but easy. As Mrs. Huxtable on TV and as Mrs. Rashad in real life, she’s never said or done anything inappropriate of if so, we’ll never know about it. Even her divorce from former NFL star turned sportscaster Ahmad Rashad over a decade ago was drama-free, at least to the public. At 64, Rashad is as beautiful and composed as ever, still setting an example for others to follow.
The “Good Morning America” host has dealt with breast cancer in front of millions with an unparalleled grace even through the loss of her hair. Last June, she announced she’d be taking a break from the show due to MDS or myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood and bone marrow disease. Despite her illness, Roberts, 52, maintained a positive attitude and a bright smile, once again sharing her recovery with her fans. Throughout her career, Roberts has been a beautiful and positive example of making the best of both her opportunities and setbacks. We heart Roberts not just as a wonderful host and interviewer, but also for her grace under fire.