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Morgana King: godfather actress and jazz singer dies at the age of 87 years



  Morgana King in her youth

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King played Carmela Corleone ̵
1; the wife of Marlon Brando's Don Vito – in the first two Godfather films

The godfather actress and jazz singer Morgana King died at the age of 87 years.

She played Carmela Corleone – Marlon Brando's wife of Don Vito – in the first two Godfather films alongside a Grammy-nominated jazz career.

King died of cancer on March 22 at her home in Palm Springs, California.

Her death was not reported until her friend John Hoglund issued a public message of condolence.

He said tribute to Facebook, while "many will remember her as the wife of Marlon Brando and the mother of Al Pacino," King was also a "main body" of the jazz scene.

Born in New York to Italian parents, her father – a self-educated teacher – died when she was 11, had her educated by her mother in the Bronx, and attended James Munroe High School.

King's singing career began when she appeared in clubs in her teenage years.

Article in JazzTimes, this one she sang Body and Soul for Billie Holiday in her dressing room, where the star noticed, "Take care of this baby, because that's my kid."

King was respected by her peers and starred in Las Vegas and surrounding The Country as well as on television at The Tonight Show, Playboy After Dark and The Hollywood Palace.

A Grammy nomination for her 1964 hit single A Taste of Honey marks the commercial high point of her five-decade, 20-album career.

Iconic Godfather role

When Rock & Roll dominated the charts, King had a theatrical break in The Godfather following a meeting with director Francis Ford Coppola.

The Crime The saga of Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as the Mafia fulcrum of the Corleone family won three Oscars and remains one of the most revered series of all time.

Your presentation of & # 39; Mama & # 39; Carmela, Vito's long-awaited wife in The Opening Speech of 1972, contained practically no spoken lines but saw her centering on her memorable wedding scene and singing the Italian song Luna Mezz & oo Mare.

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Kinq as Carmela Corleone (next to the bride) during the godfather's famous wedding scene
She repeated the role for the 1974 sequel, but refused to be filmed in the coffin for superstitious reasons by relinquishing Coppola's mother as a replacement.

According to The Washington Post, Coppola used King as a cultural reference on set due to her Sicilian-born parents.

"Francis would ask me if the set looks like a real Sicilian house," she said in 1988. "I told him to set up a statue of St. Anthony's Wall."

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King occurs in 1979 in Oakland, California

Beyond The Godfather, King was released in 1998 in Brooklyn State of Mind with Danny Aiello and the ABC soap opera All My Children

She also continued a successful singing career, performing in clubs over the decades.

She released her 20th studio album in 1992 and gave her last live performance in 2000.

King married twice, first with trumpeter Tony Fruscella, 17 years old, but the couple divorced after nine years, according to the LA Times.

Later she married trombonist Willie Dennis, but died in a car accident four years later

A daughter from her first marriage, Graysan Simental, died in 2008.

Survivors are a grandson.

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