- NAME: Natalie Cole
- OCCUPATION: Singer
- BIRTH DATE: February 06, 1950 (Age: 64)
- EDUCATION: University of Massachusetts Amherst, Northfield Mount Hermon High School, University of Southern California
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Los Angeles, California
- Full Name: Natalie Maria Cole
- AKA: Natalie Cole
- ZODIAC SIGN: Aquarius
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American singer-songwriter Natalie Cole, daughter of mid-century crooner Nat King Cole, is best known for her Grammy Award-winning album Inseparable.
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The album's breakout single, "Unforgettable," features a track dubbed over a previous Nat King Cole recording, as to create the sound of a father-daughter duet. The album sold more than 7 million copies and garnered several honors, including the coveted Grammy for album of the year.
The '90s saw Cole release many other popular albums, including Snowfall on the Sahara and The Magic of Christmas (both released in 1999),
an album of holiday standards recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra. Cole also launched her acting career before the end of the decade, appearing on television series of the time.
In 2001, Cole starred as herself in Livin' for Love: The Natalie Cole Story, a TV-movie adaptation of her 2000 autobiography, Angel on my Shoulder. The book has been described as an exposé of the private struggle that accompanied Cole's rise to fame. Also in 2000, Elektra released Natalie Cole: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1, an album highlighting the singer's career.
Cole's 2008 release, Still Unforgettable, was well-received, winning the singer yet another Grammy, this time for best traditional pop vocal album. Cole remains one of the most celebrated and iconic women in R&B.
In 1976—not long after Inseparable was released—Cole married producer Marvin Yancy. An ordained Baptist minister, Yancy reintroduced religion to Cole, who became a devout Babtist during their union. The couple welcomed their son, Robert Adam Yancy, into the world in 1977, before divorcing in 1980.
Cole remarried in 1989, to record producer Andre Fisher. The couple divorced in 1995. She wed her third husband, Bishop Kenneth Dupree, in 2001. The marriage was short-lived, however, ending in 2005.
The death of her father greatly affected Natalie Cole, which is obvious through her songwriting and tributes. In her 2000 autobiography, Angel on my Shoulder, Cole exposes her depression and heavy drug use throughout her career. She began using recreational drugs while attending college in Amherst. Cole's addiction became so prominent in her life that on more than one occasion it nearly killed her. She overcame her addiction after checking into rehab in 1983.
In 2008, Cole was diagnosed with hepatitis C, a disease of the liver. Because of the strain hepatitis C takes on your body, Cole's kidneys began to fail. She was lucky enough to receive a kidney transplant in 2009 at USC.
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