Pioneering actress Clarice Taylor, who played Bill Cosby’s mom on The Cosby Show, succumbed to heart failure and passed away on Monday. She was 93. Miss Taylor was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1986 for her role as Cliff Huxtable’s colorful mother, Anna. But her career included much more than The Cosby Show. In 1967 Miss Taylor helped found the Negro Ensemble Company, the legendary New York theater group that has created opportunities for countless African-American actors, writers and directors. In the ‘70s, Miss Taylor played Grady’s cousin Emma on Sanford and Son, Mrs. Brooks in the big screen social satire, Five on the Black Hand Side, and Addaperle the Good Witch in the original 1978 Broadway production of The Wiz. In the early 1980s, Miss Taylor co-wrote and starred in Moms, a one-woman play on the life of legendary comedienne Jackie “Moms” Mabley. Kids loved Clarice Taylor as Harriet, David’s grandmother, on Sesame Street – a role she played from 1976 through 1990.