Carly Simon biography
Singer-songwriter Carly Simon was born on June 25, 1945, in New York City. She won a Grammy for Best New Artist in 1971. In 1972, she had her first hit single, "You're So Vain." That same year she married musician James Taylor. They had two children, but divorced in 1983. She won an Oscar in 1988 for the song "Let the River Run." In 2008, she released the album This Kind of Love.
1970s Rock Star Status
Singer, songwriter and children's book writer Carly Simon was born on June 25, 1945, in New York City, New York. One of the most popular singer-songwriters of the 1970s, she won a Grammy for Best New Artist in 1971. Simon had her first hit single in 1973 with "You're So Vain," a song that has stirred up years of debate. People continue to wonder who Simon was singing about in the song, but she had never publicly revealed her inspiration.
Simon's experience as a mother inspired her to record a children's album that won a Best Recording for Children Grammy in 1980. Her biggest musical success during the 1980s came with "Let the River Run," a song written for the movie Working Girl (1988). For the composition, she won her third Grammy and her first Oscar. She successfully fought a publicized battle with breast cancer in the late 1990s.
Simon added children's book author to her long list of accomplishments in 1989 with the publication of Amy the Dancing Bear. Since then, she has published several more titles, including 1997's Midnight Farm. She is also a partner in a store of the same name in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. Continuing to record, Simon has released several albums in recent years, including 2008's This Kind of Love.
In 1972, Simon married fellow songsmith and lover James Taylor. Quickly becoming the royal couple of 1970s folk rock, she and Taylor had two children: Sally in 1974 and Ben in 1977. After the release of her popular song, "You're So Vain," in 1973, many people speculated that the song was about her new husband, Taylor. Other popular guesses have included Mick Jagger, Warren Beatty, Cat Stevens and Kris Kristofferson—all of whom she had been involved with previously. In 1983, she divorced Taylor and three years later married John Hart, a poet.