Friday, June 21, 2024

UPDATED: Superstar Singer-Songwriter Carly Simon Loses Two Sisters to Cancer Within 24 Hours of Each Other


I wrote overnight that Lucy Simon, Carly Simon’s composer/singer sister, passed away yesterday at age 82.

Sadly I must also report that the day before, Carly’s eldest sister, Joanna Simon, died from thyroid cancer. She’d been ill for some time. Joanna was an opera singer, a mezzo soprano who made her debut in 1962 and performed regularly until 1986. She was 84 years old.

Joanna’s nickname was “Joey,” as Carly related in her memoir and has been noted in the many TV documentaries about the Simon sisters. (Sadly, they lost their brother, photographer Peter Simon, the youngest of the four children, a few years ago.)


Joanna was married for many years until his death to New York Times editor Gerald Walker. Later she and Walter Cronkite, who’d been widowed, became companions and had a late in life romance that was especially sweet. They had a lot of fun together (people don’t realize Walter Cronkite was also pretty lively and had a great sense of humor.)

The Simons: What an extraordinary family. Their mother, Andrea, was a spark plug, Their father, of course, founded Simon & Schuster These were vibrant people who will never be forgotten.

Here’s a link to Joanna’s Wikipedia page which details her own amazing accomplishments. May their memories be a blessing.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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