‘Carly Simon’ lost both sisters to cancer in the same week


NEW YORK : Carly Simon lost both of her sisters, Joanna Simon and Lucy Simon, this week to cancer.

The oldest of the Simon sisters, Joanna Simon, 85, died Wednesday. The next day, the next oldest sister, Lucy Simon, died at 82, according to The New York Times

The three sisters share musical talents spanning decades.

Joanna Simon performed at the opera from 1962 until her retirement in 1986. She later appeared on “The McNeil/Lehrer Newshour” on PBS and won an Emmy Award in 1991, according to the NYT.

Joanna Simon’s first cousin told the NYT that she died Wednesday in Manhattan after battling thyroid cancer.

On Thursday, the next eldest Simon sister, Lucy Simon, died at the age of 82 at her home in Piedmont, New York. She had breast cancer.

Lucy Simon was best known for the Broadway musicals “The Secret Garden” in 1991 and “Doctor Zhivago” in 2015.

According to The Associated Press, Lucy Simon went to nursing school, while Carly Simon would find success with hits such as “Anticipation,” “Ain’t Got Time for the Pain,” and “You’re So Vain.”

Lucy and Carly Simon performed together as the Simon Sisters for some time, opening for other acts at Greenwich Village folk clubs. The AP reported that their recording of “Winkin’, Blinkin’ and Nod” peaked at number 73 on the Billboard charts in 1964.

The sisters were born to Richard Simon, co-founder of Simon & Schuster, and his wife, Andrea.

His only brother Peter Simon died in 2018 at the age of 71 after battling lung cancer.


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