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Camille Cosby buys ‘Delany Sisters’ rights

Camille Cosby has acquired the film and stage rights to the bestseller “Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years,” it was announced Tuesday.

Cosby, the wife of TV king and reported NBC bidder Bill Cosby, plans to bring the story of Sarah Delany, age 104, and A. Elizabeth Delany, age 102, to the stage or big screen with co-producer Judith Rutherford James under their C&J Prods. banner.

Emily Mann has been tapped to write the adaptation.

The book, published Sept. 19 by Kodansha America Inc., remained at No. 6 on the New York Times bestseller list this week. It chronicles the sisters’ rich, textured family history and exemplary careers as black professionals.

Elizabeth (Bessie) Delany became the second black woman licensed in New York to practice dentistry. Sarah (Sadie) Delany became the first black in that city’s school system to teach domestic science on the high school level.

“I consider the Delany sisters’ ages to be significant, considering the omnipresent youth-oriented messages that are communicated from the media,” Camille Cosby said in a release. “Because of their commendable lives, hopefully, people will value the dynamism, intelligence and knowledge of mature men and women.”

Norman Brokaw, chairman and CEO of the William Morris Agency, repped Camille Cosby on the acquisition, while the Delanys were repped by Daniel Strone, WMA’s Gotham-based VP of the literary department. George Lane, VP and head of the WMA theater department and agent for Emily Mann, will aid Cosby in bringing the project to the stage.

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