The Cosby name was one 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, if not all of its prestige. With the many sexual crimes brought against Bill which moved his legacy from being a great comedian to someone people regard to as a serial rapist; one person that has unflinchingly stood by him is his wife Camille Cosby.
A television producer and philanthropist who has strived to avoid public life, her marriage to the convicted sex offender continues to earn her the attention of many. Camile may not be as famous as her husband but she has had a career in the film industry, wrote books, and led a life that shows she is strong-willed.
Camille Cosby Dropped Out Of College After She Met Her Husband In A Blind Date
Born on the 20th of March 1944 and named Camille Olivia Hanks, Bill Cosby’s wife came from a family that prioritized education. Raised in Norbeck, Maryland, where she was born, her parents Guy A. Hanks and Catherine C. Hanks were college-educated and wouldn’t have anything less for their first child. So, after her basic and high-school education, Camille left for college; she was going to obtain a degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland.
But then, her priorities changed in her sophomore year. Bill Cosby was at the early stage of his career and he had visited Washington for a stand-up comedy gig. Camille and Cosby were set up on a blind date and it marked the beginning of their marriage.
As the two fell in love, Camille’s priority shifted from obtaining her degree to starting a family with the stand-up comedian and helping him build his burgeoning career in the entertainment industry, thus, she dropped out of school and married Bill at the age of 19.
However, she went back to complete her degree and by 1990, she got a Masters from the University of Massachusetts and then a PhD two years later. On her decision to go back to complete her education, Camille stated that it helped fix the self-esteem issues she struggled with as a woman in her thirties with no certification of advanced education.
Building A Family With Bill And Helping The Comedian Become A Megastar
It is no secret that Camille Cosby worked as Bill Cosby’s manager. Also, it has been claimed that she was the one who suggested the type of careers Dr. Huxtable and Clair Huxtable should have.
It was on the 25th of January 1964 that the couple got married. Shortly after that, she was dragged into the limelight which changed her life drastically; thanks to I Spy, a hit TV show that took Bill’s career to a greater level of relevance.
Camille and her husband soon became parents 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.
Coping With The Death Of Her Kids
Of the five, their only son Ennis was killed in a failed robbery attempt in 1997 while her fourth child Ensa died of kidney disease in 2018.
Speaking about the death of her son, Camille related that it was almost intuitive for her as she spoke with Ennis the night before he was murdered, demanding that he should be careful while driving on the freeway in Los Angeles.
The television producer added that she realized after Ennis’s death that nothing is more important than family; that it’s foolish to put work ahead of family.
The Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Cases And Why Camille Has Stood By Him All Through
No fewer than 60 women have accused Bill Cosby of rape and the charges that have been brought against him range from sexual misconduct to child sexual abuse, drug-facilitated sexual assault, and sexual battery.
In 2018, he was convicted for aggravated indecent assault but Camille Cosby has continued to support her husband, insisting that although he has been unfaithful to her in the past, there is no way he is a rapist as he is a kind father and husband.
For her, all the things her husband has been accused of paints the portrait of a man she does not know. Asserting that there is no vetting of those who have accused Bill before their stories are published, Camille upheld that her husband is the true victim of the scandal.
She Believes Her Husband Was Found Guilty Because The Media and Accusers Said So
A few days after Bill Cosby was convicted on three counts of sexual assault, Camille Cosby issued a statement reiterating her sentiment about her husband being a victim. In a lengthy Facebook post, she contented that Bill didn’t get a fair trial.
She proclaimed that Bill has joined the list of innocent people found guilty based on an unconstitutional frenzy propagated by the media. She described his conviction as mob justice, a tragedy that must be undone for the greater good of the country.
As much as she has been criticized for standing by Bill, many would agree that Camille’s support for her husband has been useful. In June 2020, it emerged that the comedian would be allowed to appeal his sexual assault conviction before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Camille Cosby Made Most Of Her Wealth From Producing Shows
Helping in the development of her husband’s career was not all she did career-wise. Camille had been a propagator for the growth and development of African-American Literature and has lent her talents to this by writing forewords for several authors who curate the experiences of the African-American community.
She has also written her own books and literature from African-American writers is not all she is keenly interested in; she and her husband had 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 a 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. Her career in the entertainment industry has seen her work as the director and executive producer of various projects like the web series OBKB, Fat Albert, Sylvia’s Path, Ennis’ Gift, Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years, Bill Cosby: Mr. Sapolsky, with Love, No Dreams Deferred, and Bill Cosby: 49.
Camille has undoubtedly accumulated an enviable fortune from her production of documentaries and short films. This is the major source of her net worth estimated at $20 million.