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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 1945Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Birth NameCamille Olivia Hanks

Mini Bio (1)

Camille O. Cosby is the eldest offspring of Guy and Catherine Hanks's four children. Embued with an immense intellect and sense of social responsibility, she has long been an advocate for education and for the continued financial support of the United States' historically African-American colleges and universities (HBCUs). Along with her husband Bill Cosby, she donated $20 million in 1988 to Spelman College, the prestigious and historically African-American women's college located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. By 1994, they had donated over $70 million to several HBCUs.

Not one to merely rest on the laurels of her famous spouse, she earned a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts in 1992. Her doctoral dissertation was published by The University Press of America in 1994 as "Television's Imageable Influences: The Self-Perceptions of Young African-Americans" ( ISBN 0819195219). Additonally she has continued her long occupation as business manager for her husband, overseeing all philanthropic and financial matters. She also serves as president of COC Productions, a film production company, and C&J Productions, which produces for the stage. She also produced her husband's last two albums, which were released on Geffen Records in 1987 and 1991, and co-directed her husband's concert film Bill Cosby: 49 (1987).

Always diligent in her commitment to youth, after hiring an Atlanta, GA, USA-based couple named Thelma and Wesley Williams, who ran a catering business while mentoring to several at-risk male teens, she embarked on a mission to bring their extraordinary story to the screen. The result was her production of the Williams's-inspired service and activism in the documentary No Dreams Deferred (1994). Although largely out of the public limelight, Camille O. Cosby's commitment to education and intelligent drama on both the screen and stage has helped to entertain and enlighten millions of viewers worldwide.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: L. J. Allen-2 (Leslye Allen)

Spouse (1)

Bill Cosby (25 January 1964 - present) (5 children)

Trivia (5)

A member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
Sister-in-law of Russell Cosby.
She was born Camille Olivia Hanks and is related to actor Tom Hanks, as both of them share a biological lineage to Abraham Lincoln through his mother, Nancy Hanks.
Her son, Ennis Cosby, 27, was shot dead while fixing a flat tire off the San Diego freeway [January 16, 1997]. The movie, Ennis' Gift (2000), was made in his memory.
Mother of Ensa Cosby.

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