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Born: June 25, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: singer, composer, lyricist, author

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One of the top singer-songwriters of the 1970s and 1980s, Carly Simon combined an earthy sensuality with a soaring voice and lyrical ruminations on romance and happiness with such hits as "Anticipation," "You're So Vain," "You Belong to Me" and "Nobody Does it Better." Frequently mentioned in the same breath with other introspective female musicians as Joni Mitchell and Carol King, Simon's music was as hopeful about love as it was cautious, a position she took in real life as well through several high-profile relationships with stars like Warren Beatty. She settled down in 1972 with singer James Taylor, but by the end of the decade, both her marriage and career were in a tailspin. After divorcing Taylor in 1983, she rebounded in the late 1980s with the album Coming Around Again and the song "Let the Rivers Run" from the movie "Working Girl" (1988), which earned her an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe. Simon worked feverishly throughout the 1990s until a bout with breast cancer in 1997 put a halt to her schedule. She made tentative inroads back into music in the new millennium, while still enjoying the fruits of her earlier hits, which remained anthems for generations of men and women. ...

One of the top singer-songwriters of the 1970s and 1980s, Carly Simon combined an earthy sensuality with a soaring voice and lyrical ruminations on romance and happiness with such hits as "Anticipation," "You're So Vain," "You Belong to Me" and "Nobody Does it Better." Frequently mentioned in the same breath with other introspective female musicians as Joni Mitchell and Carol King, Simon's music was as hopeful about love as it was cautious, a position she took in real life as well through several high-profile relationships with stars like Warren Beatty. She settled down in 1972 with singer James Taylor, but by the end of the decade, both her marriage and career were in a tailspin. After divorcing Taylor in 1983, she rebounded in the late 1980s with the album Coming Around Again and the song "Let the Rivers Run" from the movie "Working Girl" (1988), which earned her an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe. Simon worked feverishly throughout the 1990s until a bout with breast cancer in 1997 put a halt to her schedule. She made tentative inroads back into music in the new millennium, while still enjoying the fruits of her earlier hits, which remained anthems for generations of men and women.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Perfect (1985) Herself
3.
 In Our Hands (1983) Herself
4.
 No Nukes (1980) Herself
5.
 VH1 Divas (2004)
6.
8.
 Intimate Portrait: Diane Sawyer (2001) Interviewee
9.
 Stand and Be Counted (2000) Interviewee
10.
 Intimate Portrait: Mia Farrow (1999) Interviewee
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Milestones close milestones

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Developed a stutter as a child
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With sister Lucy, formed folk group in the 1960s; recorded album as "The Simon Sisters" in 1964
1971:
Received first screen credit, co-wrote a song featured on soundtrack of Milos Forman's "Taking Off"; also appeared as a folksinger
1971:
Released first solo album "Carly Simon"
1971:
First song to place in the Top Ten, "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be"
1971:
Made first TV appearance on "Good Vibrations From Central Park" (ABC)
1972:
First Number 1 single, "You're So Vain"
1975:
Released first "Greatest Hits" compilation
1977:
Sang "Nobody Does It Like Me", the theme to the James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me"
1978:
With sister Lucy, wrote songs for the stage play "Reunion"
1980:
Appeared in the concert film "No Nukes"
1981:
Last concert tour in major arenas
1982:
Wrote lyrics and sang song "Something More", featured in "Love Child"
1985:
Appeared as herself in the film "Perfect"
1986:
First collaboration with Mike Nichols, "Heartburn"; wrote the musical score
1987:
Headlined first TV special for HBO, "Carly in Concert: Coming Around Again"
1988:
Wrote the theme song ("Let the River Run") for Nichols' "Working Girl"; won Oscar for Best Song
1988:
Returned to live performing; released "Greatest Hits Live"
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Wrote "Romulus Hunt", an opera for children
1990:
Composed the score for Nichols' "Postcards from the Edge"
1990:
Starred in second HBO special "Carly in Concert: My Romance"
1992:
First collaboration with Nora Ephron, wrote the score and songs for "This Is My Life"
1993:
Performed song "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" on the soundtrack for Ephron's "Sleepless in Seattle"
1993:
Wrote and performed the theme song, "The Promise and the Prize" for the ABC sitcom "Phenom"
1995:
First major concert tour since 1981; played live concert (that was taped for broadcast on Lifetime) at Grand Central Station in NYC
1995:
Reunited with ex-husband James Taylor for benefit concert on Martha's Vineyard
1998:
In April, disclosed she had been undergoing treatment for breast cancer since October 1997
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Education

Sarah Lawrence College: Bronxville , New York -

Notes

"From time to time when Carly Simon recalls her childhood and her relationship with her mother, she uses an odd phrase 'the atmosphere of erotica' to describe the mysterious aura in the Simon household. 'The sexual haze was so thick you could cut it,' she says."---From "I Never Sang for My Mother" by Marie Brenner in Vanity Fair, August 1995.

"Carly believes her mother's withholding of approval affected her ability to perform in public; she turned inward, but was never able to detach from the need for her mother's affection. On the night Carly won an Oscar in 1989 for 'Let the River Run' ... she telephoned her mother. 'Did you see me? I won.' 'Yes,' her mother said,' and after everyone else worked so hard!' A few weeks later at a dinner ... [her mother] toasted her daughter. 'You're not the best singer, you're not the best composer, but you got the Oscar,' she said."---From "I Never Sang for My Mother" by Marie Brenner in Vanity Fair, August 1995.

Received an honorary degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts in 1998.

"I went through a big Peggy Lee stage, then I became Annie Ross, then Judy Collins. As a singer I tried on all these hats... and eventually out came me."---Simon quoted in Interview July 2004

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
James Taylor. Singer-songwriter. Married November 3, 1972 in NYC; separated in 1981; divorced 1983.
companion:
Russ Kunkle. Drummer. Engaged to be married c. 1985; separated c. 1986.
husband:
James Hart. Poet. Married December 23, 1987.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Richard Leo Simon. Publisher. Founder of Simon and Schuster; had a heart attack in the 1940s; became an invalid; died 1960.
mother:
Andrea Simon. Born 1909; died in February 1994.
sister:
Joanna Simon. Opera singer. Born October 20, 1940.
sister:
Lucy Simon. Nurse; composer. Born c. 1943; wrote score for Broadway musical "The Secret Garden" (1991); sang with Carly in the 1960s as the Simon Sisters; older.
brother:
Peter Simon. Photographer. Born 1947.
daughter:
Sarah Maria Taylor. Born c. 1974; father James Taylor.
son:
Benjamin Simon Taylor. Guitarist, singer. Born c. 1977; father James Taylor.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Amy, the Dancing Bear"
"The Boys of the Bells"
"The Fisherman's Song" Doubleday
"The Nighttime Chauffeur"
"Midnight Farm"
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