Doctor Heathcliff and Clair Huxtable, a happily married couple, are raising their children (Sondra, Denise, Theodore, Vanessa, and Rudy). The two oldest daughters eventually live adult lives and get married. As the children get older, the family gets larger and, to the chagrin of Cliff, keep on coming back home when he wants them to move out and live on their own for good.
Rudith Lillian "Rudy" Huxtable is the youngest of the Huxtable children. She is only five years old at the beginning of the series, making her birth year 1979. She comes of age during the course of the show.
We get to see a number of Rudy's friends as the series progresses. Among the best known are the taciturn Peter Chiara who repeatedly ran out the Huxtables' front door when frightened; and the chauvinist, blues-loving Kenny, whom she nicknames "Bud", and who always gets advice from his (unseen) older brother about basically everything. This unfortunately gives him the wrong conception about certain things and gets him in trouble, although he seemed to grow out of it as the series reached its end.
Keshia Knight Pulliam was nominated for an Emmy for her performance in season two, becoming the youngest nominee ever. One of her fellow nominees that year was Phylicia Rashad. Neither won.
The Huxtable family was originally going to be two boys and two girls. The youngest child, Rudy, was initially supposed to be a boy, but the character was re-written for a girl (Keshia Knight Pulliam) when no suitable boys auditioned. Jaleel White, later known for his role as Steve Urkel on Family Matters, revealed in a 2011 interview with Vanity Fair that he had auditioned for the role of Rudy.
The character is loosely based upon Cosby's youngest daughter, Evin, who was approximately the same age as Rudy.
Rudy also appears in three episodes of A Different World: the pilot (with Cliff), "Rudy and the Snow Queen" (also with Cliff) and "My Dinner with Theo" (with Theo).
Rudy Huxtable Photos
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