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Bill Cosby Co-Star Tony Winner Phylicia Rashad Speaks Out For First Time, Defends Her Friend

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26:  Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad attend the 2nd annual Legacy to Promise Gala at The Riverside Th
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad attend the 2nd annual Legacy to Promise Gala at The Riverside Theatre on September 26, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Simon Russell/Getty Images)

It was just happenstance: I ran into Tony winner Phylicia Rashad today at Paramount’s super elegant lunch for the movie “Selma” at the Metropolitan Club. Rashad co-starred with Bill Cosby for 12 years as his TV wife– first on “The Cosby Show” and then on its sequel “Cosby” featuring Madeline Kahn. She will always be Claire Huxtable, wife of Dr. Cliff, and mother of the Huxtable family.

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