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Overview (4)

Born in Tryon, North Carolina, USA
Died in Carry-le-Rouet, Bouches-du-Rhône, France  (breast cancer)
Birth NameEunice Kathleen Waymon
Nickname High Priestess of Soul

Mini Bio (1)

Nina Simone was born on February 21, 1933 in Tryon, North Carolina, USA as Eunice Kathleen Waymon. She was married to Andrew Stroud and Donald Ross. She died on April 21, 2003 in Carry-le-Rouet, Bouches-du-Rhône, France.

Spouse (2)

Andrew Stroud (4 December 1961 - 1971) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Donald Ross (December 1958 - 1960) ( divorced)

Trivia (12)

Sixth of seven children. Studied at Julliard School of Music in New York Resides in the South of France Awarded an Honorary Doctor in Music and Humanities
Her first hit recording was her rendition of the classic song "I Loves You, Porgy", from Gershwin's opera "Porgy and Bess".
Daughter Lisa Celeste (Lisa Simone Kelly), born in 1962.She's a Broadway actress, star of the Broadway musical "Elton John's Aida".
Her professional name is a combination of Nina ("little one"), from an Hispanic boyfriend, and Simone from French film actress Simone Signoret.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 516-517. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
In 2010 Canadian singer Kellylee Evans paid homage to Simone by recording an album entitled "Nina" in which she sang an assortment of songs Simone had made popular during her career.
She began her career as a singer and pianist in Atlantic City's Irish Midtown Bar & Grill.
In 1995 she was given a suspended eight-month jail term after firing a scatter-gun at a pair of noisy teenagers playing next to her home in Bouc-Bel-Air near Aix-en-Provence. That same year she was fined $US 5,000 for leaving the scene of a car accident that had occurred in 1993.
She lived at various times in Barbados, Switzerland, France, Liberia, Trinidad and Britain before moving to the south of France in 1993.
Had a reputation for being moody and difficult.
Friends with Carmen McRae, and Dick Gregory.
Sister of Sam L. Waymon.

Personal Quotes (1)

Jazz is a white term to define Black people. My music is Black classical music.

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