CLARICE TAYLOR, the American actress best known for playing the grandmother in 'The Cosby Show', has died aged 93, reports the Associated Press. CLARICE TAYLOR died of congestive heart failure at her home in Englewood, New Jersey on Monday (30th June 2011), according to her son William Taylor.

During a long career in film and television, Taylor appeared in over 20 movies, as well as in numerous television shows. She had a role in the classic 1971 drama 'Play Misty For Me', and starred as the 'Good Witch of the North' in the original Broadway production of 'The Wiz'. She will be best known for her roles as Bill Cosby's grandmother in the long-running 'Cosby Show' and as the grandmother of 'David' in 'Sesame Street'. Born on 20th September 1917 in Buckingham County, Taylor began her acting career with the American Negro Theatre. One of her first movie roles came in 1970 when she starred opposite Liza Minnelli in the romantic-comedy 'Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon'. After landing a role alongside Clint Eastwood in 'Play Misty For Me', Taylor went on to star in 'Five on the Black Hand Side' and 'Such Good Friends'.

CLARICE TAYLOR's last notable movie role came in 1995 when she appeared in the comedy-drama 'Smoke', with Harvey Keitel and WILLIAM HURT.