PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Pleasantville’s Morgana King!
Morgana King, who was born in Pleasantville, turns 86 on Saturday.
King, a jazz singer and actress, was born June 4, 1930. Her best-known role was that of Carmela Corleone in The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974). King headlined clubs, concert halls and hotels, and toured throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and South America. A few of the venue performances during her active career: the March 1956 Easter Jazz Festival at Town Hall in New York City; she opened Trude Heller's in July 1957 and returned throughout her career for anniversary performances; four months later, in November 1957, along with seven female jazz instrumentalists, she performed at the Jazz Female concert held at Carnegie Recital Hall.
A limited list of artists who performed and/or recorded with Morgana King over the years of her career are Ben Aronov, Ronnie Bedford, Ed Caccavale (drums), Clifford Carter, Don Costa, Eddie Daniels, Sue Evans, Larry Fallon, Sammy Figueroa, John Kaye (percussion), Helen Keane and others. For more than a decade she performed on television talk and variety shows including The Mike Douglas Show, The Dean Martin Show and The David Frost Show.