An Evening With
One of America’s most beloved comedians of all time, Bill Cosby has captivated
generations of fans with his comedy routines, iconic albums, and best selling books such as
Fatherhood. His comedy transcends age, gender, and cultural barriers.
Cosby broke television’s racial barrier with I Spy, becoming the first African
American to costar on a television series while winning three consecutive Emmys. He created
and produced the Emmy-award-winning cartoon Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, which
began airing in the 1970s and was made into a film in 2004. The show, based on Cosby’s
childhood in Philadelphia, was designed to educate and entertain.
The former Navy serviceman’s illustrious list of accomplishments includes roles on the
children’s educational show Electric Company and creating and producing the
Emmy-award-winning Little Bill, which is based on his bestselling book series.
Perhaps Cosby’s greatest contribution to American entertainment and culture is
The Cosby Show, about a close-knit, upperclass black family. Cosby said his intent
was to portray an American family. Time magazine called the show “an
encouraging sign of maturity in matters of race.” The Cosby Show dominated the
No. 1 spot for years, earning nearly unanimous critical praise. Life magazine
described the program as “a gentle, whimsical, warmhearted” show whose
“delicious ordinariness of its pleasures and tribulations has given millions a fresh,
laughter-splashed perspective on their own domestic lives.”
Bill Cosby’s current best seller is I Didn’t Ask to Be Born, But I’m Glad
I Was. Cosby talks about the Bible, being a grandfather, and his first love in his
humorous and insightful manner.
Cosby has received the Kennedy Center Honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom
(America’s highest civilian honor), the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor,
and the Marian Anderson Award.
Cosby’s been busy raising a family, too. He married Camille Hanks on
January 25, 1964, while she was still a student at the University of Maryland. They raised
four daughters (Erika, Erinn, Ensa, and Evin) and one son (Ennis) and now have three
grandchildren. The family resides in New England.
August 24, 2013
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