What Happened To Vanessa Huxtable From The Cosby Show?
Everyone who watched The Cosby Show in its original run from 1984-1992 (via IMDb), and in syndication in the years after, had their favorite member of the Huxtable clan. Each had their own appeal, but a lot of kids related to the second youngest Huxtable, Vanessa. Tempestt Bledsoe was just 11 years old when she scored the role she’d become best known for. She had no idea then how big the show would become.
In an interview with The Root, Shonda Rhimes talked about how she felt seen in Vanessa’s character and Bledsoe’s portrayal. “Vanessa Huxtable was not always perfectly pressed,” she noted. “It was not always well-done; sometimes it’s sticking out a little bit, [and] it felt real. And then you had the sisters who had much more perfect [hair] — Rudy had her little braids. But Vanessa felt like me. That was exciting to see — watching television, that image was good — to see somebody who you related to, who looked like you.”
Tempestt is happily in love and has found success in voice acting
In 1993, the year after The Cosby Show wrapped up, Bledsoe began seeing fellow actor Darryl M. Bell. Bell is best known for his role as Ron Johnson on the Cosby Show spin-off, A Different World (per IMDb). The two met when Bledsoe made a guest appearance on the series five years prior. They’ve been together ever since, although they chose to never marry.
“I think we are very compatible. I think that is really the heart of it. People ask us what it is. I think a lot of couples find themselves together and find out that they are not really a good match. And laughter is also very important,” she said (per BDO).
The couple gave reality TV a go in 2009 when they appeared on House Husbands of Hollywood. She also has found success in voice acting, appearing in 2012’s ParaNorman and the animated series The Replacements (according to Behind The Voice Actors). Most recently, Bledsoe appeared in the Netflix series Family Reunion in 2019, as per TV Guide.
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