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Also Known As: Natalie Maria Cole Died:
Born: February 6, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession:

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The daughter of pop icon Nat "King" Cole, Natalie Cole enjoyed not one but two successful stages of her own career as a singer, first in the mid-1970s as a R&B performer, and later in the early 1990s as a jazz-styled vocalist in the vein of her father. Cole began performing as a child on her father's records, but waited until her post-college years to try her hand at a solo career. The results were immediately successful, with her debut single "This Will Be" earning a Grammy award. A string of hit records followed until her career was derailed in the early 1980s by a serious heroin and crack cocaine problem. She rebounded by the end of the decade before reaching the height of her popularity with Unforgettable With Love (1991), which famously featured an electronically constructed duet of the standard "Unforgettable" with her father. It swept the Grammys that year and re-minted Cole as a world-class pop interpreter. She moved between jazz and standards and R&B material for the better part of the next decade, slowing only to contend with health problems incurred as a result of her past addictions. She emerged from these issues with renewed vigor, retaining her status as a living connection to her...

The daughter of pop icon Nat "King" Cole, Natalie Cole enjoyed not one but two successful stages of her own career as a singer, first in the mid-1970s as a R&B performer, and later in the early 1990s as a jazz-styled vocalist in the vein of her father. Cole began performing as a child on her father's records, but waited until her post-college years to try her hand at a solo career. The results were immediately successful, with her debut single "This Will Be" earning a Grammy award. A string of hit records followed until her career was derailed in the early 1980s by a serious heroin and crack cocaine problem. She rebounded by the end of the decade before reaching the height of her popularity with Unforgettable With Love (1991), which famously featured an electronically constructed duet of the standard "Unforgettable" with her father. It swept the Grammys that year and re-minted Cole as a world-class pop interpreter. She moved between jazz and standards and R&B material for the better part of the next decade, slowing only to contend with health problems incurred as a result of her past addictions. She emerged from these issues with renewed vigor, retaining her status as a living connection to her father's storied career while appearing in films and on television in dramatic roles that helped firmly establish Cole as a successful artist in her own right.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 De-Lovely (2004) Musical Performer ("Ev'Ry Time We Say Goodbye")
3.
 Lightning in a Bottle (2004) Herself
4.
 Livin' For Love: The Natalie Cole Story (2000) Natalie Cole--1984 To Present
5.
 Freak City (1999) Eleanor
6.
 Always Outnumbered (1998) Iula Brown
7.
 Cats Don't Dance (1997) Singing Voice Of Sawyer
8.
 Abducted: A Father's Love (1996) Latisha Corbett
9.
 Legends in Light (1995)
10.
 Wizard Of Oz In Concert, The (1995) Glinda The Good Witch
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Raised in affluent Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA
1956:
Made TV debut on her father's program "The Nat King Cole Show" (NBC)
1965:
Her father, legendary singer Nat King Cole died of lung cancer Feb. 15, 1965
1972:
After graduating college, began singing at small clubs with her band Black Magic
1975:
Released debut album <i>Inseparable</i> under Capitol Records, her late father's label; included the Top 10 hit "This Will Be"
1976:
Won Best New Artist and Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female (for "This Will Be") at the Grammy Awards
1977:
Third album <i>Unpredictable</i> went platinum; featured the single "I've Got Love on My Mind"
1979:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1981:
Career took a dip after release of eighth album <i>Don't Look Back</i>; also suffered from drug addiction
1987:
Released comeback album <i>Everlasting</i>, featuring hit singles "Jump Start," "I Live for Your Love," and covers of "Pink Cadillac" and "When I Fall in Love"
1987:
Made TV acting debut on syndicated series "Marblehead Manor"
1989:
Landed fifth Top 10 hit with the ballad "Miss You Like Crazy"
1991:
Released breakthrough album "Unforgettable...with Love," which featured covers of songs previously performed by her father Nat King Cole; title track was a "duet" between Cole and her father done through modern technology
1992:
Sweeped the Grammy Awards, winning both Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Traditional Pop Performance for "Unforgettable"
1996:
Re-recorded "When I Fall in Love" as another "duet" with her late father; won Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals
2000:
Published autobiography <i>Angel on My Shoulder</i>, which chronicled her addiction battles; co-wrote with Digby Diehl
2000:
Executive produced her biopic "Livin' for Love: The Natalie Cole Story" (NBC); actress Theresa Randle played Cole
2004:
Appeared in the Cole Porter biopic "De-Lovely," starring Kevin Kline; performed "Ev'ry Time You Say Goodbye" in the film
2006:
Guest starred on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy"
2008:
Released <i>Still Unforgettable</i>, featuring cover songs previously performed by her father as well as Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne, and Peggy Lee; won Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
2010:
Performed with opera singer Andrea Bocelli for his album <i>My Christmas</i>
2011:
Made a cameo on the Bravo reality series "The Real Housewives of New York City"
2012:
Appeared as a guest judge on the reality competition series "RuPaul's Drag Race" (Logo)
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Education

University of Massachusetts Amherst: Amherst , Massachusetts - 1972

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