Natalie Cole’s Career Soars Despite Past Drug Addiction
Posted under Celebrity Addiction on Thursday, October 29th, 2009
The life of Natalie Cole, daughter of superstar Nat “King” Cole, has certainly seen some ups and downs. The nine-time Grammy winner began singing at age 6, when she appeared on her father’s famous Christmas album. She eventually rose to fame in 1975—10 years after her father died of lung cancer—with her album “Inseparable,” which earned her a pair of Grammy Awards. But amidst her success, she was battling drug addiction and numerous health problems.
After releasing “Inseparable,” Cole went on to release another pair of hit albums and entered the 1980s as a star. But drug addiction halted her career, and it took five years for her to fully recover.
In the mid ’80s she began rebuilding her career with "Everlasting," an album that marked her re-emergence. And in 1991, she embraced her father’s legacy by recording “Unforgettable…with Love,” a collection of Natalie singing her father’s greatest songs. The album was a huge success, earning more than $7 million in sales and garnering Cole more Grammy Awards, including album of the year.
Last year, Natalie discovered that she had contracted Hepatitis C as a result of her past drug use. She underwent dialysis until a suitable donor was found, and she was given a kidney transplant in May. But the same day she found a donor, she lost her sister Cookie to cancer.
After recovering from the transplant and the loss of her sister, Natalie sang at the Hollywood Bowl in September. Gospel singer Kurt Carr, who accompanied Cole that evening, called her a "walking miracle."
Natalie recently told AARP magazine: "When I look back, I can see the hand that has plucked me out of or put me into special situations. I know that God has had my back, even when I was screwing up. And I now know that he has a plan for me."
Natalie will perform November 5th at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Virginia.