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Nina Simone

Biography

Singer, civil privileges activist, pianist, and arranger who also worked in lots of styles, including blues and jazz and who also covered “Strange Fruits.” She was nominated for fifteen Grammy Awards during the period of her profession. She refused to execute when her parents had been ushered to the trunk of 1 of her concerts to create space for white people. Among her first strikes was her edition of “I Loves You Porgy.” She wedded Don Ross in 1958 and, after their divorce in 1960, she remarried Andrew Stroud in 1961. She experienced a daughter called Lisa Celeste Stroud. She required her last name from French celebrity Simone Signoret.

Quick Facts


Full Name Nina Simone
Date Of Birth February 21, 1933
Died April 21, 2003, Carry-le-Rouet, France
Place Of Birth Tyron, NC
Profession Jazz Singer
Education Juilliard School
Nationality American
Spouse Andy Stroud, Donald Ross, Four Women, Mississippi Goddam, To Be Young, Gifted and Black
Children Simone
Parents Mary Kate Waymon, John Divine Waymon, Four Women, Mississippi Goddam, To Be Young, Gifted and Black
Siblings Sam Waymon
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Music Film
Movies Nina Simone: Live at Montreux 1976, Sharkwater, Nina Simone: Live from Ronnie Scott's, A Nightingale Sang: Tribute to Nat King Cole, Nina Simone: Live, Rwanda pour mémoire, Four Women, Mississippi Goddam, To Be Young, Gifted and Black
Star Sign Pisces

  • Facts
  • Filmography
  • Awards
  • Salaries
  • Quotes
  • Trademarks
  • Pictures

#Fact
1Had a reputation for being moody and difficult.
2She lived at various times in Barbados, Switzerland, France, Liberia, Trinidad and Britain before moving to the south of France in 1993.
3In 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.
4She began her career as a singer and pianist in Atlantic City's Irish Midtown Bar & Grill.
5In 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.
6Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 516-517. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
7Her professional name is a combination of Nina ("little one"), from an Hispanic boyfriend, and Simone from French film actress Simone Signoret.
8Daughter Lisa Celeste (Lisa Simone Kelly), born in 1962.She's a Broadway actress, star of the Broadway musical "Elton John's Aida".
9Her first hit recording was her rendition of the classic song "I Loves You, Porgy", from Gershwin's opera "Porgy and Bess".
10Sixth 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


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
What Happened, Miss Simone?2015Documentary courtesy: "Mississippi Goddam", "Sinnerman" / music: "Mississippi Goddam", "Sinnerman" / performer: "Nobody's Fault But Mine", "My Baby Just Cares for Me", "I Put a Spell On You", "Mississippi Goddam", "To Be Young, Gifted and Black", "Strange Fruit", "Don't Smoke in Bed", "Are You Ready?", "Why? The King of Love Is Dead", "You'll Never Walk Alone", "Vous etes seuls mais je desire être avec vous", "Sinnerman" / writer: "Children Go Where I Send You", "Nobody's Fault But Mine", "Littl
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia2015TV Series performer - 1 episode
Alles ist Liebe2014performer: "My Baby Just Cares For Me"
The Carsony Brothers2014Documentary performer: "Feeling Good Bassnectar Remix" - uncredited
My Beautiful Broken Brain2014Documentary performer: "Ne Me Quitte Pas" written by nm0107035
StalkerTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Dancing with the StarsTV Series 1 episode, 2014 performer - 1 episode, 2009
The Leftovers2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
Pretty Little Liars2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
Cut Snake2014performer: "Wild is the Wind"
So You Think You Can DanceTV Series performer - 7 episodes, 2009 - 2014 arranger - 1 episode, 2011
Iverson2014Documentary performer: "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"
Carmina y amén.2014performer: "My Way"
About Last Night2014performer: "Sugar in My Bowl" / writer: "Sugar in My Bowl"
Love Is Strange2014performer: "That's Him Over There"
Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case2013Documentary performer: "Feeling Good" written by nm0108634 & nm0627969
The BlacklistTV Series arranger - 1 episode, 2013 performer - 1 episode, 2013
Person of InterestTV Series performer - 3 episodes, 2011 - 2013 arranger - 1 episode, 2011
North America2013TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Suzanne2013/Iperformer: "Suzanne"
Gent de paraula2011-2013TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Parenthood2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sparkle2012/Iperformer: "Feeling Good"
Glück2012performer: "Ne Me Quitte Pas"
Sherlock2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
American Horror Story2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
Cuéntame2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Intouchables2011performer: "Feeling Good"
Sins of the Father2011Documentary performer: "Sinnerman" - uncredited
Crazy, Stupid, Love.2011performer: "Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair"
The Killing2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Day I Saw Your Heart2011performer: "Feeling Good" written by nm0108634 & nm0627969
Alys2011TV Series performer: "Feeling Good"
Another Happy Day2011performer: "Everything >Must Change"
Sing Your Song2011Documentary performer: "Mississippi Goddam" / writer: "Mississippi Goddam"
Banda sonora2007-2010TV Series performer - 3 episodes
The Last Shot 22010Short performer: "Sinnerman"
For Colored Girls2010performer: "Four Women" / writer: "Four Women"
Les petits mouchoirs2010performer: "My Way"
Luther2010TV Series performer - 1 episode
Chuck2010TV Series performer - 1 episode
Barney's Version2010performer: "Turn Me On"
Repo Men2010performer: "Feeling Good"
On Expenses2010TV Movie "Feeling Good"
Casino Jack and the United States of Money2010Documentary arranger: "SINNERMAN" / performer: "SINNERMAN"
The Saboteur2009Video Game performer: "Feeling Good"
Miranda2009TV Series performer - 1 episode
Ghost Whisperer2009TV Series performer - 1 episode
V.O.S.2009performer: "To Love Somebody"
Tales of the Black Freighter2009Video short performer: "Pirate Jenny"
I Love You Phillip Morris2009performer: "To Love Somebody"
The Starter Wife2008TV Series performer - 1 episode
Parlez-moi de la pluie2008performer: "The Twelfth Of Never"
Hold-up à l'italienne2008TV Movie "Sinnerman"
Home2008/IIperformer: "Wild is the Wind"
Sex and the City2008performer: "The Look of Love Madison Park vs. Lenny B Remix"
Queridos Amigos2008TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
What Just Happened2008performer: "Mr. Bojangles"
First Sunday2008performer: "Get By" / writer: "Get By"
Men in Trees2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
Ramsay's Kitchen NightmaresTV Series arranger - 1 episode, 2007 performer - 1 episode, 2007
The World Unseen2007performer: "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free"
EntourageTV Series arranger - 1 episode, 2007 performer - 1 episode, 2007
Perfect Stranger2007performer: "I Put a Spell on You"
America the Beautiful2007Documentary performer: "I Put A Spell On You"
The Reaping2007arranger: "Take Me to the Water" / performer: "Take Me to the Water"
La tele de tu vida2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten2007Documentary performer: "To Love Somebody"
The Windsurfing Movie2007Video arranger: "Sinnerman" / performer: "Sinnerman"
A Very British Gangster2007Documentary arranger: "Sinnerman" / performer: "Sinnerman"
En clau de vi2007TV Series performer: "My Baby Just Cares for Me"
Kunsten å tenke negativt2006performer: "Keeper of The Flame"
The Last Winter2006performer: "My Baby Just Cares For Me"
Bella2006performer: "Nearer Blessed Lord"
Nuovomondo2006arranger: "Sinnerman" / performer: "Feeling good", "Sinnerman"
Inland Empire2006arranger: "Sinner Man" / performer: "Sinner Man"
My Brother2006writer: "Get By" - as N. Simone
Miami Vice2006arranger: "Sinnerman Felix Da Housecat's Heavenly House Mix" / performer: "Sinnerman Felix Da Housecat's Heavenly House Mix"
A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story2006TV Movie performer: "Feeling Good" - uncredited
Park2006performer: "The Pusher"
Confetti2006performer: "Marriage Is for Old Folks"
Life on MarsTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2006 arranger - 1 episode, 2006
Last Holiday2006performer: "Feeling Good"
Wild Tigers I Have Known2006performer: "When I Was in My Prime"
Kinky Boots2005performer: "Wild Is the Wind" 1957, "I Put a Spell on You" 1956
Dave Chappelle's Block Party2005Documentary writer: "Get By"
Indigo Prophecy2005Video Game performer: "No Good Man"
Cold Case2005TV Series performer - 1 episode
Raveling2005Short performer: "I Get Along Without You Very Well Except Sometimes"
The Ballad of Jack and Rose2005performer: "I Put a Spell on You" 1956
Cellular2004"Sinnerman Felix da Housecat's Heavenly House Mix", "Sinnerman" / performer: "Sinnerman Felix da Housecat's Heavenly House Mix", "Sinnerman"
The Long Firm2004TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
La columna2004TV Series performer - 1 episode
Before Sunset2004performer: "Just In Time"
Nina Simone: Live at Ronnie Scott's2003Video performer: "My Baby Just Cares For Me", "For A While"
Hollywood's Magical Island: Catalina2003Documentary performer: "Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl" / writer: "Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl"
En la ciudad2003performer: "Sugar in My Bowl", "Love Me or Leave Me" / writer: "Sugar in My Bowl"
Hormoner og andre demoner2003Short performer: "Wild Is The Wind"
Skeppsholmen2002-2003TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Montreal Writer2002Documentary short performer: "My Baby Just Cares for Me"
American Dreams2002TV Series writer: "Come Ye"
Sex and the City2002TV Series performer - 1 episode
The WireTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2002 writer - 2 episodes, 2002
Une affaire privée2002performer: "What More Can I Say?", "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good"
The Salton Sea2002performer: "I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl" / writer: "I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl"
The Dancer Upstairs2002performer: "Who Knows Where the Time Goes" 1967
ScrubsTV Series arranger - 1 episode, 2001 performer - 1 episode, 2001
The Parole Officer2001performer: "Ain't Got No - I Got Life"
Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang)2001performer: "Feeling Good"
Desaliñada2001Short performer: "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing"
Yoyes2000performer: "My Baby Just Cares for Me"
Any Given Sunday1999performer: "DON'T EXPLAIN"
Pitch People1999Documentary performer: "Mood Indigo"
In Too Deep1999writer: "To Be Young, Gifted and Black"
The Thomas Crown Affair1999"SINNERMAN" / performer: "SINNERMAN"
Ben & Gunnar1999TV Movie performer: "Feeling Good" - uncredited
Jaime1999performer: "Feeling Good"
Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train1998performer: "Keeper of the Flame"
The Big Lebowski1998performer: "I Got It Bad & That Ain't Good"
Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss1998performer: "Love Me or Leave Me"
One Night Stand1997performer: "Exactly Like You"
Ghosts of Mississippi1996performer: "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free"
Stealing Beauty1996performer: "My Baby Just Cares For Me"
The Crossing Guard1995writer: "I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl"
Higher Learning1995writer: "TO BE YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK"
Shallow Grave1994performer: "My Baby Just Cares for Me"
Witch Hunt1994TV Movie performer: "I Put a Spell on You"
The Night We Never Met1993performer: "My Baby Just Cares for Me"
Splitting Heirs1993performer: "I PUT A SPELL ON YOU"
Point of No Return1993arranger: "BLACK IS THE COLOR OF MY TRUE LOVE'S HAIR" / performer: "WILD IS THE WIND", "I WANT A LITTLE SUGAR IN MY BOWL", "FEELING GOOD", "HERE COMES THE SUN", "BLACK IS THE COLOR OF MY TRUE LOVE'S HAIR" / writer: "I WANT A LITTLE SUGAR IN MY BOWL"
Peter's Friends1992performer: "My Baby Just Cares For Me"
Twenty-One1991performer: "I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl"
Valentina1989TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sing Sing Thanksgiving1974Documentary writer: "To Be Young, Gifted and Black"
Dynamite Chicken1971performer: "Revolution" / writer: "Revolution" - as Miss Simone
79 primaveras1969Short documentary performer: "Sinnerman" / writer: "Sinnerman"
Who's Doing the Dishes?2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
Barry2016/IIperformer: "I Shall Be Released"
Il a déjà tes yeux2016performer: "Here Comes the Sun"
BoJack Horseman2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
Brett Gelman's Dinner in America2016TV Short performer: "I Am Blessed" - uncredited
Roadies2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
P.O.V.2016TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
ScandalTV Series 1 episode, 2012 performer - 5 episodes, 2013 - 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
American Crime Story2016TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Boss2016performer: "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out"
VinylTV Series arranger - 1 episode, 2016 performer - 1 episode, 2016
The Night Manager2016TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Sr. Pig2016performer: "Sugar In My Bowl", "Mr. Bojangles" / writer: "Sugar In My Bowl"
Médecin de campagne2016performer: "Wild Is The Wind"
The Birth of a Nation2016performer: "STRANGE FRUIT"
Hunt for the Wilderpeople2016performer: "Sinnerman" / writer: "Sinnerman"
Transparent2015TV Series performer - 1 episode
Love the Coopers2015performer: "To Love Somebody"
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.2015performer: "Take Care Of Business"
One More Time2015performer: "22nd Century"
Independent LensTV Series documentary performer - 3 episodes, 2006 - 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2006
Krisha2015performer: "Just in Time"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
L'ourse bleue1990Short
Four Women1975Short

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A French Guy Named Saba2016TV Mini-Series very special thanks - 1 episode
Never Mind the Buzzcocks2006TV Series thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Joy, It's Nina2012Documentary short voice
Nina Simone: Live at Ronnie Scott's2003VideoHerself
HARDtalk1999TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993TV SeriesHerself
Omnibus1993TV Series documentaryHerself
Nina Simone: La légende1992TV Movie documentaryHerself
El programa de Hermida1991TV SeriesHerself
Querido cabaret1990TV SeriesHerself
La parada1989TV SeriesHerself
Noite de estrelas1989TV SeriesHerself - Guest (1989)
Sábado noche1987-1988TV SeriesHerself
Àngel Casas Show1987TV SeriesHerself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1986TV SeriesHerself
Brel1982DocumentaryHerself
Numéro 11977TV SeriesHerself
Sesame Street1972TV SeriesHerself
Black Music in America: From Then Till Now1971Documentary shortHerself
...And Beautiful II1970TV MovieHerself - Singer
Zur Nacht1969TV Series documentaryHerself - Musician
The David Frost Show1969TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1964-1969TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Festival panafricain d'Alger1969DocumentaryHerself
Frost on Sunday1968TV SeriesHerself
Nina Simone-The Sound of Soul1968TV MovieHerself
Gala-Abend der Schallplatte1967TV MovieHerself
The Joey Bishop Show1967TV SeriesHerself
Dee Time1967TV SeriesHerself
Ready, Steady, Go!1965TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1963TV SeriesHerself - Vocalist
Camera Three1962TV SeriesHerself - Singer-Pianist
The Ed Sullivan Show1960TV SeriesSinger / Pianist

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Extra2016TV SeriesHerself
What Happened, Miss Simone?2015DocumentaryHerself
Nina Simone Love Sorceress... Forever2013DocumentaryHerself
How Playboy Changed the World2012TV Movie documentaryHerself
Memòries de la tele2011TV SeriesHerself
Sing Your Song2011DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
Banda sonora2010TV SeriesHerself
A polos 252010TV SeriesHerself
La tele de tu vida2007TV SeriesHerself
Wild Tigers I Have Known2006Herself (uncredited)
Get Up, Stand Up2003TV Series documentaryHerself
Playboy: The Party Continues2000TV Movie documentaryHerself
Smoothie1992DocumentaryHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010AAFCA AwardAfrican-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)Best SongFor Colored Girls (2010)


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#Quote
1Jazz is a white term to define Black people. My music is Black classical music.


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