Star of 'The Godfather' and famed jazz singer has died at 87

Cheryl Kahla
Aug 15, 2018
02:09 P.M.

Morgana King passed away back in March at the age of 87, but her death was only reported earlier this week.


The cause of death was cancer, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma specifically, and she passed away in Palm Springs, California, the Washington Post reported.

Read more on our Twitter account @amomama_usa, and scroll down to learn about King's life and career.

Her passing only became public knowledge her friend Jon Hoglund took to Facebook earlier this week and said, "she passed away of natural causes at her home."



King began her career nearly sixty years ago when she landed a part in the "Encyclopedia of Jazz." She went on to star as Carmela Corleone in "The Godfather Part I" and "Part II."

She also appeared on several talks and variety shows, including "The Dean Martin Show," "The Pat Boone Show," "The Andy Williams Show," and "The Hollywood Palace."

She appeared as Mrs. Manganaro in "All My Children," and reprised her role as Mama Corleone in the miniseries, "The Godfather Saga."

King retired twenty years ago with 9 acting credits and after appearing on approximately 15 talk shows.



Apart from her film industry, King also made it as a jazz singer and had her singing debut when she was 16 years old.

She released her first album three years later, titled "For You, For Me, For Everyone," and headlined in clubs and concert halls around America.

King released more than 200 songs and 30 albums throughout her career and was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best New Artists in the early sixties.

Her last performance was back in 1993 when she performed in Chicago.



The acclaimed singer was married twice and her first marriage to Tony Fruscella, a jazz trumpeter, lasted only nine years before the pair decided to part ways.

They shared a daughter, Grayson, who passed away in 2008 at the age of 68. King remarried to trombonist Willie Dennis in the early sixties. The couple remained together until his death in 1965.

Another screen legend passed away earlier this year: Eunice Gayson who was known as the first James Bond Girl. Gayson passed away at the age of 90.

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