Sondra Huxtable did not originally appear in the pilot episode of the show. Sondra was created when Bill Cosby wanted the show to express the accomplishment of successfully raising a child (e. g. a college graduate). Whitney Houston was considered for the role of Sondra Huxtable. Sabrina LeBeauf almost missed out on the role because she is only 10 years younger (b. 1958) than Phylicia Rashad (b. 1948), who played her mother in the series.