Nina Simone

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Birthday
21, 1933
Birthplace
Tyron, NC
Death Date
Apr 21, 2003 (70)
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
21, 1933
Birthplace
Tyron, NC
Death Date
Apr 21, 2003 (70)

About

Singer, civil rights activist, pianist, and arranger who worked in many genres, including blues and jazz and who covered "Strange Fruit." She was nominated for fifteen Grammy Awards over the course of her career.

Before Fame

She refused to perform when her parents were ushered to the back of one of her concerts to make room for white people.

Trivia

One of her first hits was her version of "I Loves You Porgy."

Family Life

She married Don Ross in 1958 and, after their divorce in 1960, she remarried Andrew Stroud in 1961. She had a daughter named Lisa Celeste Stroud.

Associated With

She took her last name from French actress Simone Signoret.