Quick Facts of

  • First NameCarly Simon

Carly Simon is an Academy Award, Grammy Award, and Golden Globe Award-winning singer-songwriter, musician, as well as and author.  

One of the most prolific and influential musicians of the ’70s, she has been immortalized in numerous Hall of Fames, including the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Grammy Hall of Fame.

As of April 2020, Carly Simon’s net worth is $65 million.   

How Did Carly Simon Make Her Wealth?

Carly Simon made her professional debut with her older sister, Lucy, in the short-lived folk duo, the Simon Sisters

They released three studio albums before Lucy left the group to start a family.

As a solo artist, Carly reached a pinnacle that was unfathomable for her when she was in the Simon Sisters.

She signed with the major record label Elektra Records in 1970 and dropped her eponymous debut solo album in 1971. The album was nominated for two Grammy Awards and won Carly the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

She won her second Grammy Award for the original sun, “Let the River Run” off of the 1988 romantic-comedy-drama movie, Working Girl. The song also won Best Original Song at the Academy Awards and the Golden Globe Awards, marking the first time in history that a single artist had accomplished the feat.

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As of April 2020, Carly has released twenty-four studio albums, one live album, nine compilation albums, four soundtrack albums, and forty-one singles. Twenty-four of her singles have charted at the Billboard Hot 100.  

To date, Carly has been nominated for 14 Grammy Awards and won two. Besides winning an Academy and a Golden Globe Award, Carly has also been nominated for two BAFTA Awards, three Boston Music Awards, and three CableACE Awards.

She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004.  

Record Sale Earnings

RecordYearEarnings (In $)
Anticipation 1971650,000
No Secrets 19721,430,000
Hotcakes 19741,300,000
The Best of Carly Simon 19753,950,000
Boys in the Trees 19781,300,000
Come Upstairs 19801,300,000
Coming Around Again 19873,070,000
Greatest Hits Live 19881,430,000
The Very Best of Carly Simon: Nobody Does It Better 199978,000
Carly Simon’s Greatest Hits 2004780,000
This Kind of Love 2008161,200

Early Life, Childhood, And Education

Carly Simon was born Carly Elisabeth Simon on June 25, 1945. She is one of four children born to the book publisher and classical pianist Richard L. Simon and civil rights activist/singer Andrea Heinemann Simon.

Born and raised in the Bronx, Carly’s older sisters Joanna and Lucy Simon are musicians in their own right, the latter of whom has even performed with Carly in the short-lived folk-music duo, the Simon Sisters. Her younger brother, Peter, was a photojournalist who died in 2018.

Carly was brought up in a conservative Roman-Catholic household, and she attended Riverdale Country School and Sarah Lawrence College before dropping out to pursue a career in music.

Marriage, Relationship, And Children

Carly was briefly engaged to the English writer Charles William Donaldson circa 1960, but they called off their engagement. 

On November 3, 1972, Carly married fellow singer-songwriter James Taylor, whom she had known since childhood. 

They have two children together, daughter Sarah “Sally” Maria Taylor (born on January 7, 1974), and son Benjamin “Ben” Simon Taylor (born on January 22, 1977), both of whom grew up to be musicians like their parents. Despite seemingly being a match made in heaven, Carly and James divorced in 1983.

Two years after her divorce, Carly got engaged to musician Russ Kunkel in 1985, but called off their engagement a year later, in 1986.

Carly married the writer, poet, and businessman James Hart, on December 23, 1987. They stayed together for two decades before they divorced in 2007.  

Carly was also rumored to be dating doctor and laparoscopic surgeon Richard Koehler in 2008. The two were rumored to be living together in 2015.