Back, around 1970, when I was around 27, while still a student of sorts, I also worked as a cocktail waitress in Los Angeles. Being temporarily unemployed. I walked into a bar on La Cienga Blvd. to see if they needed anyone. I was surprised to run right into Bill Cosby sitting at the bar It seems that this bar/jazz club, was owned by Redd Foxx. However, the club was going bottoms-up, and Red Foxx was performing in Las Vegas to raise money, so he could keep his club going, Cosby had taken over the club temporarily for his friend to try to get more people to come in. That evening was like a benefit for Foxx’s club..
Cosby hired me as his secretary for the evening, a job I always seemed to be more suited for than cocktail waitress. I sat at Red Foxx’s desk in his office, answering the phone taking messages for Cosby. Cosby told me that he didn’t drink, but offered me a drink from the bar to sip on as I worked. Foxx’s office had walls covered with famous people’s photos of people he knew, i.e., Moms Mabley. It was like being in a museum for black entertainers. I loved it.
Dizzy Gillespie, whom I had met previously in San Francisco, was, besides Cosby, the evening leading attraction. Dizzy remembered me from San Francisco and in between his sets, would come back into the office and visit with me.
When I had saved up about 10 messages, I would go back into the bar and hand them to Cosby. Once when I went in to give him his messages, he was on the stage doing his stand-up routine. He stopped in the middle of his routine to take my messages, made a few comments to me and allowing the audience to see his new secretary.
I remember, at this time, Cosby had a short-lived sitcom on TV in which he played the perfect school teacher, who was always helping kids out.
Cosby didn’t make any overt advances towards me, but he subtly gave me the impression that he was available, if I had any interest, but I hadn’t. His wife, Carmen, a very attractive woman, was also present in the club, sitting at a table with a group of her women friends, but she didn’t seem to be paying any attention to Bill, nor him to her. I only worked for 4 hours, the evening ended, and I took a taxi home by myself. I had a class the next day at L. A. City College..
I think women were just kind of an ego stimulant for him. I’ve found that entertainers often have to have their egos continually fed to give them the confidence they need to do what they do. He was such a gentleman that it’s hard for me to believe he would rape anyone, but he might have changed as he got older. He was only about 33 or 34 when this happened. I think these marriages that last forever is because everything is either understood, forgiven or overlooked.