She was raised in the Riverdale section of New York City with two sisters and a brother. Her father, Richard Simon, played Chopin and Beethoven on the piano. She attended so many Brooklyn Dodgers games with her father that she was made a team mascot before they moved to Los Angeles. She once said if she could see herself in a ballplayer, it would be Pee Wee Reese; a shortstop is not quite in the infield and not quite in the outfield. Three of her uncles gained distinction in various fields of music. George, as an authority on Jazz; Henry, as a Musicologist and book editor; and Alfred, as the music director of a classical radio station. She attended Riverdale County School and spent two years at Sarah Lawrence before dropping out to form a folk duo with her sister, Lucy. They billed themselves as the Simon Sisters and managed to get work at small clubs on the eastern seaboard. Carly even did Al Jolson improvisations. Lucy eventually left the act and married a physician. Carly's eldest sister Joanna was a professional opera singer. Carly suffered from severe stage fright and one time passed out and collapsed in the middle of a concert in 1981. She met her first husband...James Taylor...as a child when their parents had summered near one another on Martha's Vineyard. (Taylor's father was director of the UNC Chapel Hill Medical College). She married Taylor in 1971 and they later divorced. She has been married to writer Jim Hart since 1981 and they live on Martha's Vineyard, Mass. She has a son and daughter from her marriage to James Taylor.IMDb Mini Biography By: Mike McKinley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The daughter of Richard Simon, co-founder of the Simon and Schuster publishing company, Carly got her start in music singing in coffee houses with her sister Lucy in the early 60s. After an unsuccessful attempt to launch a solo career, Carly burst onto the music scene in 1971 with her first Top 10 hit "That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be," which won her the Best New Artist Grammy Award and set the stage for an enormously successful career. After her second hit, "Anticipation," Carly roared to the top of the charts with her album NO SECRETS, and its #1 hit "You're So Vain." Newly married to James Taylor, Carly piled up a series of bestselling albums, including PLAYING POSSUM (1975), which featured controversial cover art of a scantily-clad Carly, although there had always been a sort of subtle sexuality on many of her album covers before (and after); however, none were as blatant as this particular one. Her career marched on, and in 1977, Carly performed her first movie-theme, "Nobody Does It Better," from THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, and it became an international smash. Her sales high continued with 1978's "You Belong To Me" and the album BOYS IN THE TREES, but after the release of her hit "Jesse" in 1980, Carly's career started to wane. Although she released a series of interesting albums in the '80s, none of them were commercial successes. After her divorce from James Taylor, she also retired from performing live. But then in 1987, Carly wrote the theme for HEARTBURN - "Coming Around Again" - and her career was revitalized. The song was a big hit and the album of the same name was a best-seller and charted for well over a year. By that point, she was a legend and was then able to release albums at a more relaxed pace, which allowed her to be more adventurous in her writing and creativity. Since then, all of her work has been very well received, most notable "Let The River Run," which she wrote for WORKING GIRL and won her her first Oscar. Carly's album THE BEDROOM TAPES (2000) reflected her personal trials more overtly than any of her other albums up to that point, particularly a case of writer's block as well as her breast cancer ordeal and the accompanying depression she experienced due to chemotherapy. Nevertheless, Carly is now healthy and content and remains a notable presence in the media and music industry, including her cameo on Janet Jackson's "Son of a Gun," as well as the televised tribute to Beach Boy Brian Wilson.IMDb Mini Biography By: jonathan
|James Hart||(23 December 1987 - 2007) (divorced)|
|James Taylor||(3 November 1972 - 1983) (divorced) 2 children|
Has released musical albums (including CDs) on the Elektra, Warner Brothers, Epic, and Arista records.
Her song "You're So Vain" (released in late 1972) was a number one pop hit in 1973.
Is the niece of singer 'Peter Dean'.
Wrote "Anticipation" (1971) about love interest Cat Stevens.
Her father was president and co-founder of Simon & Schuster publishing house.
Her song, "You're So Vain", is allegedly about Warren Beatty.
Received an honorary degree from Berklee College of Music (Boston, Massachusetts)
Ranked #28 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
Won the 1972 Grammy for Best New Artist
Diagnosed with breast cancer [October 1997]
Carly's mother Andrea and her close personal friend Jacqueline Kennedy died four months apart. Carly wrote 'Like a River' for her mother and 'Touched by the Sun' for Jackie.Both songs appear on her 1994 'Letter's Never Sent' album.
2003, fractured her shoulder falling in the bathtub.
In 2003, she held an auction for a charity on Martha's Vineyard where she offered to tell the high bidder who the song "You're So Vain" is about. The winning bidder was Dick Ebersol, the president of NBC Sports, who paid $50,000. Ebersol had to sign a confidentiality agreement, but was allowed to give one hint - the man's name contains the letter "E". Carly has since added an additional hint - the man's name also contains the letter "A".
In support of her latest album, "Moonlight Serenade" (July 2005), she has said she will be making public appearances, in direct defiance of her long-standing stage fright, about which she now says she "no longer has time for that negativity".
Sister, Lucy Simon, is a singer; brother, Peter Simon, is a photojournalist; sister, Joanna Simon, is an opera singer, was an Emmy-winning arts correspondent for "PBS NewsHour" (1975), and is the VP of Fox Residential Group real estate.
Is mentioned in the song "Life Is a Rock But the Radio Rolled Me" by Reunion.
In November 2001, "Let the River Run", her award-winning theme song from Working Girl (1988), was used in a memorable public service ad produced for the US Postal Service. The ad, entitled "Pride", was a response to the 9/11 and anthrax attacks of 2001, and was intended to restore confidence and improve morale for the USPS.
She once said in an interview she never goes anywhere without her plush Daffy Duck toy, Daffy Duck is her all-time favorite cartoon character and she has even hinted in several other interviews that he's the subject of her famous song "You're So Vain".
Is 1/4 African American on her mother's side.
Her daughter, Sally Taylor is expecting Carly's first grandchild in September 2007.
Grandmother of Bodhi Taylor Bragonier, born 4 October 2007.
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994.
One of the few singer-songwriters from her generation to own all her music.
The Simon family home was located in Stamford, Connecticut.
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