FLICK CENTRIC SPOTLIGHT// Livin’ For Love: Natalie ColePublished by on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 11:22 am.
When you’re the child of a singing legend, a career in entertainment would be your obvious occupational direction, either by choice or default. Natalie Cole, the daughter of 50’s jazz/pop singer Nat King Cole, naturally followed said path. Quite the antithesis of her father’s clean cut all-American image, young Natalie was a rebel hell-bent on experimenting and having fun—maybe a little too much fun.
Like many celebrity off-spring, Cole got caught up in the world wind of sex, drugs and rock & roll. While her hits “This Will Be”, “Inseparable” and “I’ve Got Love On My Mind” struck Billboard platinum and gold throughout the 70’s, Cole was harboring a serious addiction to heroin, which would prove to be a detriment to her career in the latter years.
Following a string of incidents that included an arrest for drug possession in 1975; Cole entered rehab in 1983, after her young son Robert nearly drowned in the family pool while she was on a drug binge. While most aren’t able to bounce back from such dangerous lifestyles, Natalie was able to kick her addiction and return the thing she did best: music.
Fast forward to 2011, the 10 time Grammy winner is making a valiant recovery from kidney disease—following the discovery she had Hepatitis C in 2008; performing and promoting her latest book, “Love Brought Me Back,” which was released in November of last year. —Justin Dwayne Joseph/Danielle Young.
In celebration of Natalie and her father, check out this gallery of famous musical father’s and their daughters.
Watch the FLICK CENTRIC presentation of “Livin’ For Love: The Natalie Cole Story” today at 3 PM est.