Ernestine Campbell is a former secretary from Washington, D.C., and one of the former celebrity wives in the United States. Ernestine Campbell is famous for being the ex-wife of Richard Wayne Penniman (Little Richard), a singer, songwriter, and rock n’ roll pioneer.
Table of Biography
Early life and Childhood
Ernestine Campbell came to this world in the year 1939, in the USA, and is currently 81 years old. Her sun sign is missing as her birth month is unknown. The information regarding her early life, childhood, siblings, parents, etc, is not given. However, she stayed along with her parents and siblings before her wedding.
Ernestine always tried to keep her private life from people and the media. Ernestine also finished her college studies and high school at a prestigious institution.
The professional life of her Ex-husband
Little Richard aka Richard Wayne Penniman was a musician, singer, and songwriter. Therefore, for seven decades, Richard was an important figure in popular music and society. Moreover, the foundation for rock and roll was laid by his energetic showmanship and dynamic songs. As one of the first crossover black stars, he is listed, reaching audiences of all races.
Moreover, The Everly Brothers covered his works: Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Bill Haley, Jerry Lee Lewis. Likewise, in 1986 and in 2007, he inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. And, in 2015, the National Museum of African-American Music awarded Richard with a Rhapsody & Rhythm Award.
Therefore, for decades, his music helped define rhythm and blues, and, through efforts to sustain apartheid, drew blacks and whites together. Richard was the recipient of an award from the Music Academy and the Rhythm and Blues Foundation for lifetime achievement. He awarded the Distinguished Artist Award in 2019 from the Tennessee Governor’s Arts Awards.
Her Marriage Life and Divorce
Ernestine married ‘Little Richard’ on July 11, 1959, in California, after meeting at an evangelical rally in October 1957. Ernestine was the only wife of her husband. They adopted a boy child named Danny Jones Penniman. Danny was one-year-old when he came to his new family. Moreover, with Jones also serving as one of his bodyguards, Richard and his son stayed together.
Unfortunately, the pair divorced in 1964. The two initially shared a peaceful marriage with normal sexual ties, according to Harvin. Therefore, Harvin believed that it was due to the celebrity status of her husband, which had made life difficult for her. Therefore, because of his being a negligent husband and his sexuality, Richard would say the marriage fell apart. Likewise, both of them ended their relationship with mutual consent and they were also a good friend after their divorce.
And, both of them refused Richard’s allegations that he was gay and Richard claimed that they did not realize it because he was such a pumper in those days. And, later, on March 23, 1975, Ernestine married Mcdonald Campbell in Santa Barbara, California.
Death Cause Of Little Richard
Richard was a legendary singer who died on May 9, 2020. Therefore, the family of Richard didn’t immediately reveal the cause of his death. According to New York Times, the death cause was cancer.
Therefore, this was really sad news for America’s music industry. Richard did lots of hard work and gave his lot of contribution to the music industry. Sadly, Richard died at the age of 87 at his home in Tullahoma, Tennessee, of bone cancer on May 9, 2020. Moreover, he is interred at the Memorial Gardens Cemetery of Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama.
Ernestine has a height of around 5 feet 6 inches and weighs around 65 kilos. Her eyes are of dark brown color and have hair of black color. Likewise, she wears a shoe size of 5.5 (UK). Besides, there are no further details regarding her body measurements.
Social Media and Net Worth
Ernestine is a private and secretive person. She is not active or available on any social media sites. She always stayed away from the public eyes and stayed safe from the media.
The profession and net worth of Ernestine are unknown. However, her ex-husband, Little Richard’s net value was $40 million worth.