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CaliforniaLos Angeles
Andre Fischer (m. 1989; div. 1995)Kenneth Dupree (m. 2001; div. 2004)Marvin Yancy (m. 1976; div. 1980)
Carole ColeCasey ColeNat Kelly ColeTimolin Cole
Natalie Maria Cole
Robert Adam Yancy
The University of Massachusetts Amherst
Los Angeles, California
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Nat King Cole
Maria Cole
Aquarius
Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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Who is Natalie Cole?

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Natalie Cole was an American singer, songwriter, actress, and voice artist. The daughter of the legendary musician Nat King Cole, she rose to fame in the 1970s with her hits "This Will Be", "Our Love" and "Inseparable". After a gap of a few years, she went on to re-emerge as a pop artist with her 1987 album ‘Everlasting.’ In the 1990s, Cole released her biggest hit ever, ‘Unforgettable... with Love’ that sold over 7 million copies and also won her seven Grammy Awards. Raised in Los Angeles' exclusive Hancock Park area, Natalie Cole grew up in a sophisticated musical atmosphere. She consciously moved away from her famous father’s shadow and found meteoric success on her own. However, her father, who broke many racial barriers during his own musical career, did not live long enough to see his daughter's success, dying of lung cancer sometime after Cole’s 15th birthday. Her father's untimely death scarred her emotionally and it was music that helped heal her. Cole attended the University of Massachusetts and majored in child psychology before briefly attending the University of Southern California. She began her extraordinary musical career following her graduation. In December 2015, Cole breathed her last at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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Natalie Cole Childhood & Early Life

Natalie Cole was born on February 6, 1950 in Los Angeles, California, the USA to popular singer Nat King Cole and his wife Maria Hawkins Ellington, a former orchestra singer. She was a grandniece of the famous educator Charlotte Hawkins Brown and the niece of Freddy Cole who is a popular pianist and singer.

She grew up with her older adopted sister, Carole "Cookie," who was her mother’s younger sister's daughter; younger twin sisters, Casey and Timolin; and adopted brother Nat "Kelly" Cole.

At the age of six, Cole sang for her father's Christmas album and later started performing at the age of 11.

She attended Northfield School for Girls (now Northfield Mount Hermon School) before her father’s death in 1965.

Cole eventually attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She later studied at the University of Southern California for a brief period of time. She again transferred to the University of Massachusetts and graduated from there in 1972, majoring in child psychology.

Natalie Cole Career

After graduation, Natalie Cole started singing at clubs with her band Black Magic. She then began performing R&B and rock numbers at various venues. It was during this time that she was approached by producers Marvin Yancy and Chuck Jackson who wanted to work with her.

Cole then began recording songs with Yancy, who later sent them to numerous record labels. Almost every label turned them down except Capitol Records, Cole’s father's label.

She ultimately signed with Capitol Records and released her debut studio album titled ‘Inseparable’ in 1975. Two of the album’s songs "This Will Be" and "Inseparable" became hits.

In 1976, the singer released her album ‘Natalie.’ This album, like ‘Inseparable,’ became a huge success because of its popular hits "Sophisticated Lady" and "Mr. Melody". She then came up with her album titled ‘Unpredictable’ that went platinum, thanks to its R&B hit track "I've Got Love on My Mind".

In 1977, Cole issued her second platinum album, ‘Thankful,’ that included the hit, "Our Love". Soon after, she started her own show on TV. In 1978, she released her first ever live album, ‘Natalie Live!’

n 1979, she released two albums, ‘I Love You So’ and ‘We're the Best of Friends’. Both these albums went gold in the USA, thus continuing her popularity.

The American singer then came up with her album ‘Don't Look Back’ in 1980. While the song "Someone That I Used To Love" became a hit, the album itself failed to impress much.

In the early 1980s, Natalie Cole’s career suffered a series of setbacks. Besides other personal issues, she was also battling a severe drug addiction problem. In 1983, after the release of the album ‘I'm Ready,’ Cole entered a rehab facility and stayed there for about six months.

Following her release from the rehab, she signed a deal with the Atco imprint Modern Records and released her album ‘Dangerous’ in 1985, thus beginning the process of rebuilding her career.

In 1987, she signed with EMI-Manhattan Records, and with the help of the record executives, released the album ‘Everlasting.’ The album featured the hit singles "Jump Start", "I Live For Your Love", and "Pink Cadillac".

Cole released the follow-up to ‘Everlasting’ titled ‘Good to Be Back’ (1989) that produced two hits including "Miss You Like Crazy". The album also achieved moderate international success.

In 1991, she released the album ‘Unforgettable… with Love’ that topped several international charts. In 1992, she became a part of the television special "A Tribute To Nat Cole" for BBC-TV.

Natalie Cole released the albums ‘Take a Look’ (1993) and ‘Holly & Ivy’ (1994), both of which eventually went gold. Her other release, ‘Stardust,’ went platinum and helped her earn a Grammy.

She released her compilation ‘Greatest Hits, Vol. 1’ in 2000. She changed to Verve Records later and came up with her albums ‘Ask a Woman Who Knows’ (2002) and Leavin' (2006).

Cole made numerous guest appearances on television, including on series like ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,’ ‘I'll Fly Away,’ and ‘Touched by an Angel.’ She also acted in a few feature films and TV flicks, most notably as the lead in ‘Lily in Winter.’

In 2001, she starred as herself in the miniseries ‘Livin' for Love: the Natalie Cole Story’. On July 22, 2011, she appeared on the reality show ‘The Real Housewives of New York City’. The following year, Cole appeared as a guest judge on ‘RuPaul's Drag Race.’

Natalie Cole Major Works

In 1991, Natalie Cole released her album titled ‘Unforgettable... with Love’ through Elektra Records. This album featured her covers of the popular songs her father had previously recorded. The album sold more than 7 million copies in the USA alone and earned a number of Grammys including the Record of the Year and Album of the Year.

The recreated duet version of the much loved song “Unforgettable,” featuring the recorded vocals of Nat Cole along with the voice of Natalie Cole, was a major hit. This song went gold and reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #10 on the R&B chart.

Natalie Cole Personal Life

Natalie Cole was married three times in her lifetime. Her first husband was songwriter cum producer Marvin Yancy. The duo had a son, Robert Adam, who died in 2017. Cole and Yancy divorced in 1980 after which she went on to marry record producer Andre Fischer. Her second marriage too ended in a divorce in 1995.

In 2001, she married bishop Kenneth Dupree. However, the two parted ways in 2004.

She disclosed in 2008 that she was suffering from hepatitis C. Her health deteriorated rapidly in the ensuing years. On December 31, 2015, she died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles due to congestive heart failure. She was aged 65.

Natalie Cole Trivia

On May 19, 2009, Natalie Cole received a kidney transplant. On the same day, her sister Carole passed away.

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Natalie Cole biography timelines

  • Natalie Cole was born on February 6, 1950 in Los Angeles, California, the USA to popular singer Nat King Cole and his wife Maria Hawkins Ellington, a former orchestra singer. She was a grandniece of the famous educator Charlotte Hawkins Brown and the niece of Freddy Cole who is a popular pianist and singer.
    6th Feb 1950
  • She attended Northfield School for Girls (now Northfield Mount Hermon School) before her father’s death in 1965.
    1965
  • Cole eventually attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She later studied at the University of Southern California for a brief period of time. She again transferred to the University of Massachusetts and graduated from there in 1972, majoring in child psychology.
    1972
  • She ultimately signed with Capitol Records and released her debut studio album titled ‘Inseparable’ in 1975. Two of the album’s songs "This Will Be" and "Inseparable" became hits.
    1975
  • In 1976, the singer released her album ‘Natalie.’ This album, like ‘Inseparable,’ became a huge success because of its popular hits "Sophisticated Lady" and "Mr. Melody". She then came up with her album titled ‘Unpredictable’ that went platinum, thanks to its R&B hit track "I've Got Love on My Mind".
    1976
  • In 1977, Cole issued her second platinum album, ‘Thankful,’ that included the hit, "Our Love". Soon after, she started her own show on TV. In 1978, she released her first ever live album, ‘Natalie Live!’
    1977 To 1978
  • n 1979, she released two albums, ‘I Love You So’ and ‘We're the Best of Friends’. Both these albums went gold in the USA, thus continuing her popularity.
    1979
  • The American singer then came up with her album ‘Don't Look Back’ in 1980. While the song "Someone That I Used To Love" became a hit, the album itself failed to impress much.
    1980
  • In the early 1980s, Natalie Cole’s career suffered a series of setbacks. Besides other personal issues, she was also battling a severe drug addiction problem. In 1983, after the release of the album ‘I'm Ready,’ Cole entered a rehab facility and stayed there for about six months.
    1983
  • Following her release from the rehab, she signed a deal with the Atco imprint Modern Records and released her album ‘Dangerous’ in 1985, thus beginning the process of rebuilding her career.
    1985
  • In 1987, she signed with EMI-Manhattan Records, and with the help of the record executives, released the album ‘Everlasting.’ The album featured the hit singles "Jump Start", "I Live For Your Love", and "Pink Cadillac".
    1987
  • Cole released the follow-up to ‘Everlasting’ titled ‘Good to Be Back’ (1989) that produced two hits including "Miss You Like Crazy". The album also achieved moderate international success.
    1989
  • In 1991, she released the album ‘Unforgettable… with Love’ that topped several international charts. In 1992, she became a part of the television special "A Tribute To Nat Cole" for BBC-TV.
    1991 To 1992
  • In 1991, Natalie Cole released her album titled ‘Unforgettable... with Love’ through Elektra Records. This album featured her covers of the popular songs her father had previously recorded. The album sold more than 7 million copies in the USA alone and earned a number of Grammys including the Record of the Year and Album of the Year.
    1991
  • Natalie Cole released the albums ‘Take a Look’ (1993) and ‘Holly & Ivy’ (1994), both of which eventually went gold. Her other release, ‘Stardust,’ went platinum and helped her earn a Grammy.
    1993 To 1994
  • In 2001, she starred as herself in the miniseries ‘Livin' for Love: the Natalie Cole Story’. On July 22, 2011, she appeared on the reality show ‘The Real Housewives of New York City’. The following year, Cole appeared as a guest judge on ‘RuPaul's Drag Race.’
    2001 To 22nd Jul 2011
  • In 2001, she married bishop Kenneth Dupree. However, the two parted ways in 2004.
    2001 To 2004
  • She disclosed in 2008 that she was suffering from hepatitis C. Her health deteriorated rapidly in the ensuing years. On December 31, 2015, she died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles due to congestive heart failure. She was aged 65.
    2008 To 31st Dec 2015
  • On May 19, 2009, Natalie Cole received a kidney transplant. On the same day, her sister Carole passed away.
    19th May 2009
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Frequently asked questions about Natalie Cole

  • What is Natalie Cole birthday?

    Natalie Cole was born at February 6, 1950

  • Where is Natalie Cole's birth place?

    Natalie Cole was born in Los Angeles, California

  • What is Natalie Cole nationalities?

    Natalie Cole's nationalities is American

  • Who is Natalie Cole spouses?

    Natalie Cole's spouses is Andre Fischer (m. 1989; div. 1995), Kenneth Dupree (m. 2001; div. 2004), Marvin Yancy (m. 1976; div. 1980)

  • Who is Natalie Cole siblings?

    Natalie Cole's siblings is Carole Cole, Casey Cole, Nat Kelly Cole, Timolin Cole

  • Who is Natalie Cole childrens?

    Natalie Cole's childrens is Robert Adam Yancy

  • What was Natalie Cole universities?

    Natalie Cole studied at The University of Massachusetts Amherst university

  • How tall is Natalie Cole?

    Natalie Cole's height is 160

  • Who is Natalie Cole's father?

    Natalie Cole's father is Nat King Cole

  • Who is Natalie Cole's mother?

    Natalie Cole's mother is Maria Cole

  • What is Natalie Cole's sun sign?

    Natalie Cole is Aquarius

  • When was Natalie Cole died?

    Natalie Cole was died at December 31, 2015

  • Where was Natalie Cole died?

    Natalie Cole was died in Los Angeles, California

  • Which age was Natalie Cole died?

    Natalie Cole was died at age 65