Carly Elisabeth Simon was born in New York City on January 25, 1945, the daughter of Richard and Andrea Simon. Her father Richard L. Simon was a classical pianist and publisher of German-Jewish descent, while her mother was a singer and civil rights, activist. Carly Simon grew up in the Bronx, New York, and has two sisters, Lucy and Joanna, and a brother Peter. She was a student at Riverdale Country School. She also attended Sarah Lawrence College but dropped out to pursue a music career.
Simon and her sister Lucy formed the music group The Simon Sisters and released their debut album Meet The Simon Sisters in 1964. This was followed by their second album Cuddlebug in 1965. Their third album The Simon Sisters Sing the Lobster Quadrille and Other Songs for Children was released in 1969.
After Lucy married and started a family, Simon signed as a solo artist with Elektra Records and released her album of the same name, Carly Simon, in 1971. The hit single from the Carly Simon album That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be Peak reached number 10 on the Billboard charts. Her second solo album was called Anticipation and had a lead single of the same name.
Carly Simon’s career took off in the early 1970s when her single You’re So Vain sold over a million copies and reached #1 on the U.S. pop and adult contemporary charts. She gained further recognition with her hit single Nobody Does It Better (which was a theme song for the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me), which went gold in 1977.
Simon has written music for several films and has contributed to several television and film scores over the years, including Someone Waits For You for the 1984 film Swing Shift, Two Looking At One for Karate Kid (1986), Let the River Run for Working Girl (1988), Love of My Life for This is My Life (1992) and Take Me Out to the Ball Game for Baseball (1994). She has had several films and television appearances, including Taking Off (1971) and in an episode of Thirtysomething.
Simon published a memoir in 2015 about her early years until the age of thirty-five. The book was entitled – Boys in the Trees: A Memoir. Here are a few facts about her.
Carly Simon: Net Worth
Carly Simon has had a very brilliant career and can present a total of 39 top-class albums. In addition to her passion for music, Carly Simon has also appeared in several films and television shows. Over the course of her more than five decades of career in the entertainment industry, she has managed to accumulate a net worth of $65 million.
Simon was married twice and divorced twice. Her first marriage was in 1972 with the singer and songwriter James Taylor, with whom she had two children, Benjamin Simon Taylor, and Sarah Maria Taylor. She and Taylor divorced in 1983. Carly remarried in 1987 with the writer and businessman James Hart. The two remained married until 2007 when they divorced.
Simon has won two Grammy Awards and has been nominated thirteen times. Her first Grammy win was in 1972 for Best New Artist, and in the same year, she received her first nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for her hit That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be.
Her second Grammy win came in 1990 for Let the River Run, which won the best song written specifically for a film or television category. The same song also earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award. This made her the first performer to win a Golden Globe, a Grammy, and an Oscar for a song sung and written by a single artist.
Her songs “Working Girl” and “Postcards from the Edge” were nominated for Best Film Score by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 1990 and 1991.
In 1995 she was honored by the Boston Music Awards with a lifetime achievement award. At the Boston Music Awards, she was nominated for “Our Affair” as Song of the Year and in 2002 she won the award for the same song in the category “Singer of the Year”. Simon won a 1995 Cable Ace Award for “Touched by the Sun” in the “Original Song” category. She has two other nominations for the cableAce Award.
Battle With Cancer
In 1997 and 1998, Carly went under the knife and underwent mastectomy and chemotherapy for breast cancer. She had noticed a lump in her breast, but her doctors initially advised against surgery, but later gave in when the diagnosis showed that the situation was worsening. Her fight against cancer began shortly after she lost her friend Linda McCartney to breast cancer.
Carly Simon’s height is 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in). She weighs 128 pounds (58 kg). She also wore US size 10 or 41 (EU) and 9.5 (UK) shoes. Her life statistics are 34-27-32 (chest-waist-hip). She wears a bra size 34B.