|The Cosby Show / A Different World character|
|Created by||Bill Cosby|
|Portrayed by||Lisa Bonet|
|Family||Cliff Huxtable (father)
Clair Huxtable (mother)
Sondra Huxtable (sister)
Theodore "Theo" Huxtable (Brother)
Vanessa Huxtable (sister)
Rudith "Rudy" Huxtable (sister)
Background and production
Conception and development
The character is loosely based upon Cosby's daughter, Erinn, who was approximately the same age as Denise. Additionally, Denise attended Hillman College, whereas Erinn attended Spelman College, the university that Hillman is believed to be modeled after. Lisa Bonet had to leave A Different World after getting pregnant as Bill Cosby did not want a single teenage mother as a character. Bonet returned to The Cosby Show at the beginning of season 6, recently married and with a four-year old stepdaughter.
Denise became one the shows most popular characters. She became most noted for her fashion sense. Denise Huxtable popularity as a character grew so much she was given her own spin off sitcom called A Different World.
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