There may be no more of an iconic film during our time than The Godfather.
Sadly, Morgana King, who played Mama Corleone in both The Godfather and The Godfather II, passed away in March from non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Having slipped out of the public eye almost two decades ago, her death had been ignored by the media.
Prior to appearing in The Godfather, King was already a well-known jazz singer.
Her range and unique spin on songs made her one of the best pure talents of her time.
As accomplished as she was a singer, though, most people know her better by her shining moment in the wedding scene in The Godfather:
After The Godfather, she continued to pop up in TV shows and movies for more than two decades.
Some of the more popular credits were Mama Corleone in The Godfather Saga, Mama Theresa in A Time to Remember, and Aunt Rose in A Brooklyn State of Mind.
King started singing at age 16, but she got her first big break at age 23 when she was spotted at a local nightclub by a record-label executive.
Just three years later, her first album was cut, introducing the world to her incredible voice.
Over the next three decades, she headlined dozens of clubs and festivals throughout the country and around the world.
Unfortunately for King, the year she was up for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist, The Beatles had taken the industry by storm and locked down the award.
In 1993, at the legendary Cotton Club, King announced her retirement from live engagements.
She would, however, continue to record as well as make limited appearances at some local spots through 2000.
She will be greatly missed.