Joseph C. Phillips Archive

KISSING LISA BONET: THOSE LIPS!

In my career, I have been fortunate enough to kiss two of the most beautiful women in Hollywood–three if you count Troy Beyer. I kissed Halle Berry in the film Strictly Business and of course, while on the Cosby...

WELCOME TO THE HUXTABLES

True, I had some fun at Lisa’s expense. However, I also liked Lisa a great deal. She tended on the quiet side, but was sweet and I thought, very kind. She went out of her way to make me...

FIRST IMPRESSIONS AND THE LISA BONET LOOK

In the years since I first laid eyes on Lisa, there had been the film Angel Heart, a horror/thriller in which Lisa starred with Mickey Rourke and Robert De Niro. Lisa played a voodoo priestess, who dances around with her...

MEN BEHAVE LIKE COMPLETE IDIOTS

It is simply a fact of life that beautiful women make men behave like complete idiots. I know first hand. Along with the rest of America, The Cosby Show had become my favorite television program. Every Thursday evening, I was parked...

AS COREY EXITS, THE REDHEAD ENTERS

As badly as I felt about the disintegration of my relationship with Corey, things were happening so fast in my life that I didn’t mourn very long. In fact, I didn’t mourn much at all. Instead, I stripped to...

THE SMELL OF DESPERATION

I wanted it so badly. Fame. The riches of television stardom. This had been my dream since childhood and now it was at my doorstep. The Cosby Show — the number one rated program on television — was the...

DOIN’ THE PUBLIC RELATIONS HUSTLE

One of the things my publicist, Suzanne Rosewood, had me do right away was to associate myself with a charity. Signing on with a charity meant I would get my photo taken, be interviewed, and even receive plaques for...

THE SHARK FILLED WATERS

The train was pulling out of the station. The Cosby Show was, as the Beetles sang, “my ticket to ride.” I was eager for all the new opportunities for fun and devilment that were sure to come my way as...

DAMN! I LOOK SEXY IN ALL THIS SPECIAL TREATMENT

There is a great deal of wisdom in that old saying: “Fame is written in ice and the sun is always shining.” Celebrity is fleeting. Sure, special treatment is nice and there’s no reason not to enjoy it. The...

CELEBRITY HAS ITS’ PRIVILEGES

Not all the changes I was experiencing were negative. I soon discovered that celebrity also had privileges. For instance, I suddenly discovered the wonders of first class air travel. Prior to being on The Cosby Show, I had always...

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