01/07/2015 02:27 am ET Updated Jan 07, 2015

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

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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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