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Natalie Cole Biography

Birth Name:
Stephanie Natalie Maria Cole
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States

Fast Facts

  • Didn't become serious about pursuing a music career until her junior year in college, when she began singing in clubs up and down the East Coast
  • Scored five No
  • 1 R&B hits from 1975 to '77, including her debut single "This Will Be
  • " Found similar success on the album front, with her first five LPs achieving either gold or platinum status
  • Topped the pop album charts in 1991 with Unforgettable: With Love, on which she covered many of her dad's classic songs
  • Underwent a kidney transplant in 2009, which led her to become a spokesperson for the University Kidney Research Organization
  • Involved with Tune In to Hep C, a public health campaign educating people about hepatitis C (which she had and overcame)
  • Wrote two memoirs: Angel on My Shoulder (2000), about her life, career and battles with drug dependency; and Love Brought Me Back (2009), about her kidney problems, the donor whose death gave her life and her sister Carole "Cookie" King