Camille Cosby Biography

Camille Cosby, the wife of American comedian Bill Cosby is also a television producer as well a philanthropist. Clair Huxtable’s character was modeled on her on The Cosby Show. Cosby has avoided public life but has worked as a manager as well as in academia and writing at her husband’s firms.

Early life

Camille Olivia was born to Guy A. Hanks Sr. and Catherine C. Hanks on March 20, 1944, in Washington D.C. and spent her childhood days outside Washington in Norbeck, Maryland. Out of four children, she was the eldest. Her father was a chemist at Walter Reed General hospital and her mother worked in the nursery. Both her parents were well educated. Cosby’s dad graduated from Fisk University and her mom graduated from Howard University.

Cosby went to private Catholic schools. She was at St. Cyprian’s first, followed by St. Cecilia’s Academy. Cosby studied psychology at the University of Maryland after high school, where she met Bill Cosby. In June 1987, Cosby was given an honorary Ph.D. by Johnetta Cole of Howard University in Washington, D.C. In 1990, Cosby graduated from Massachusetts University in Amherst, and in 1992 he obtained a Ph.D. Cosby received her master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1990 and did her Ph.D. in 1992.

Camille Cosby Career

She worked as a manager in her husband’s business. In the Cosby show, the character of Clair Huxtable was based on her role. Cosby supported African American literature and wrote numerous books. In 1993 for Thelma Williams’ Our Family Table: Recipes and Food Memories from African-American Life Models.

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In 2009 she wrote for Dear Success Seeker: Wisdom from Outstanding Women by Michele R. Wright and in 2014 for The Man from Essence: Creating a Magazine for Black Women, a book by Edward Lewis of Essence. In 1994, Cosby released Television’s Imaging Influences: Young African-Americans’ Self-Perception, a book “that powerfully illustrates the detrimental effects of pictures of African Americans that are derogated from our media outlets.”

Camille Cosby Biography

Real Name Camille Olivia Cosby
Birth Date 20 March 1944
Age (as of 2021) 77 Years
Birth Place Washington, D.C., United States
Nationality American
Profession Television Producer
Religion Christianity
Sun sign Pisces

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 5’ 7” – in Centimeters – 170 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 60 kg  –  in Pounds –  132 lbs
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Dark Brown
Body Type Average


Father Guy Hanks
Mother Catherine Hanks
Sister None
Brother Eric Hanks


School Not Known
College University of Massachusetts Amherst

Relationship Status

Marital Status Married
Affair No
Is she a Lesbian? No
Husband Bill Cosby
Children Ennis Cosby, Ensa Cosby, Erinn Chalene Cosby, Erika Ranee, Evin Harrah Cosby

Personal life

Cosby studied with Bill during her sophomore year at the University of Maryland and was blind. The couple married in the Catholic Church on January 25, 1964, shortly after they began to date. Soon the couple had five children after their marriage: Erika (born 1965), Erinn (born 1966), Ennis (April 15, 1969 – January 16, 1997), Ensa (April 8, 1973 – February 23, 2018), and Evin (1976).

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Ups & Downs

On 16 January 1997, at age 27, Ennis was assassinated. After his death, Cosby penned a letter to the US today about how “America Taught My Son’s Killer to Hate Blacks” in which she “vilified the United States for teaching her son’s murderer the bigotry behind his deadly deed as a proof.” Cosby’s daughter Ensa died of renal illness at 44 years of age on February 23, 2018. Cosby was also featured on the cover of the September 1966 edition of Ebony, together with Bill. She was named one of the magazine’s “15 most attractive Negro women” in 1996.

Her married life didn’t look well after her husband was accused of sexually assaulting females. Cosby has supported her husband alleged for sexually assault with women over his career allegations. Although she understood that he had cheated on her, she stated that he isn’t a rapist. In 2014, Cosby issued a statement claiming her husband was subjected to unanticipated charges. Cosby published on 3 May 2018 a three-page statement defending her husband, after her husband’s conviction against sexual assault, comparing his conviction to the assassination of a 14-year-old kid, Emmett Till, who was hanged after a white lady stated that she was offended in his family’s supermarket.

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Camille Cosby Net Worth

Her net worth can be accumulated as being an amazing actor and author. She also makes money from his business. It is estimated that her net worth is approximately $25 Міllіоn аѕ оf 2021.


  • Cosby is an ardent art collector, with American-made quilts as well. She has many pieces by Ellis Ruley in her collection.
  • At the 1993 Metropolitan Museum of Art, she received the Candace Award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.
  • Cosby’s philanthropic past includes school and educational donations. Operation PUSH, the United Negro College Foundation, the conference for Southern Christian Leadership, the National Council for Negro Women, and Jesse Jackson’s National Rainbow Coalition are among its charitable members.
  • In the early 1980s, Cosby and her husband contributed 100,000 dollars to CSU, Ohio’s historically black institution, with an additional $325,000 in 1987. In September 1989, CSU held the “Camille and Cosby Cleveland Football Classic” in honor of the couple.
  • She directed and managed a lot of shows and films for over 38 years starting from 1986 to 2014.
  • In 1982, Cosby posed with Reverend Jesse Jackson and his wife Jacqueline, as well as a few other persons, for a group photo.

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