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'American Scandal' Uncovered: Inside Bill Cosby's Rise To Fame

May. 24 2018, Updated 4:26 p.m. ET

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Bill Cosby's fast rise to fame was one of the most remarkable triumphs for the comedian, but his recent fall from grace hit much harder.

In the hit new show, Bill Cosby: An American Scandal, experts take a look deep inside the secret life of America's once favorite dad — including the start of his career.

After only two weeks of dating, Cosby was ready to marry now wife Camille, but her parents did not approve. Then in 1963, he got his big break on the Tonight Show.

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"Bill Cosby hits it out of the park. His star rises over night," said legal analyst Beth Karas. "And within a short time he signs a record deal with Warner Brothers."

"When Bill Cosby became a success, he got back in touch with Camille, and her parents were impressed," said Cosby biographer Ronald L. Smith.

With exclusive interviews and insider details, Investigation Discovery uncovers shocking family drama and examines the allegations that brought about the comedian's epic fall from grace .

Bill Cosby: An American Scandal premieres Monday on Investigation Discovery at 9pm ET.

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