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.