Camille Cosby
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The Cosby name was one that was attached to greatness and once you mentioned it, it will bring a fond memory of the quirky Dr. Huxtable but in the wake of numerous accusations of sexual assault on the part of comedian and actor Bill Cosby, that name has lost some of its prestige. This article is about his wife Camille Cosby who might not have been as famous as her husband but had a career in the film industry, wrote books and lived a life that shows she had a mind of wit and intelligence.

Camille Cosby’s Bio, Age

Guy A. Hanks and Catherine C. Hanks welcomed to the world on the 20th of March, 1944 their first child Camille Olivia Hanks, three more children followed after her. Camille was given birth to in Washington D.C where she spent all of her childhood.

St. Cyprian and St. Cecilia academy were the schools she attended before going ahead to get a degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland but in her Sophomore year, she dropped out of school. However, she went back to complete her degree and by 1990, she got a Masters from the University of Massachusetts and then a Ph.D. two years after. On her decision to go back to complete her education, Camille has stated that going back helped fix the self-esteem issues she struggled with as a woman in her thirties with no certification of advanced education.

Camille Cosby worked as Bill Cosby’s manager, she was the one who suggested the type of careers Dr. Huxtable and Clair Huxtable should have. But helping in the development of her husband’s career is not all she did in her life. Camille Cosby has been a propagator for the growth and development of African American Literature and has lent her talents to this by writing the forewords that curate the experiences of the African American. She has also written her own books. Literature from African American writers is not all she is keenly interested in; she and her husband have in time past collected more than 200 works of African-American art.

After co-producing the play, Having Our Say: The Delany Sister’s First 100 Years which is a theatrical adaptation of the book with the same title she decided to get the film, television and stage rights to it because of the success it had on Broadway. Cosby is also the recipient of an honorary degree from her mother’s alma mater, Howard University.


Camille Cosby hails from a family of prestige and is a very distant cousin to the mother of Abraham Lincoln, Nancy Hanks Lincoln she is also in a way related to the Forrest Gump actor, Tom Hanks. Camille’s parents were working-class people who had college degrees with her father having a Master’s degree from Fisk University while her mother had a degree from the prestigious Howard University.

Bill Cosby’s Wife, Children

In her sophomore year at the University of Maryland, Camille was set up on a blind date, the date turned out to be Bill Cosby. In a short time they got engaged and by 1964, on the 25th of January they were married, she dropped out of school to focus on raising a family while her husband focused on furthering his career in comedy and acting.

Camille Cosby
Bill Cosby and Camille Cosby (image source)

She gave birth to five children. The first of the five is Erika Ranee, who is an artist and has also worked as a professor of art. Camille Cosby’s other children are Erinn, Ennis, Ensa, and Evin. Of the five Ennis, the only son they had was killed in a failed robbery attempt in 1997 while her fourth child, Ensa died of kidney disease in 2018.

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In 2014, there was an outpour of allegations of sexual assault leveled against Bill Cosby, her husband. The assault charges were brought forward by more than fifty women, the assaults are believed to have happened between the years 1965-2008. By 2018, Cosby was finally found guilty for his crimes and sentenced to three to ten years in prison. She has stood by her husband insisting that although he has been unfaithful to her in the past there is no way he is a rapist because he is a kind father and husband, this she believes in the face of more than fifty allegations which include rape, sexual abuse of a minor, drug-induced sexual assault, sexual battery and sexual misconduct.

Camille Cosby’s Net worth

Camille Cosby had led a successful life helping her husband’s career grow but more importantly, she made a name for herself with her production of documentaries and some short films. Her authorship of books has also added to the success she enjoys. All of this has brought her an estimated net worth to $20 million.

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