Legendary musician Carly Simon had a week to forget when cancer claimed the lives of her two sisters, Lucy and Joanna, who passed away a day apart.

While her other sister, former opera soprano Joanna Simon (85), went away from thyroid cancer on Wednesday, Lucy Simon (82), a Broadway songwriter, died from breast cancer on Thursday.

The Simon sisters (and their brother Peter) has always been passionate about the arts and are descended from Richard L. Simon, who founded the influential Simon & Schuster publishing house.

In fact, Carly started her musical career with her sister Lucy in the duo The Simon Sisters, which recorded three albums from 1964 to 1969.

With songs like “Anticipation,” “You’re So Vain,” and “The Right thing to do,” among others, Carly would go on to become one of the most well-known singers and composers in America and the wider music industry.

Together, Lucy And Carly Started Their Musical Careers

Together, Lucy And Carly Started Their Musical Careers

In the early 1980s, Lucy, who had been studying nursing, continued to pursue her musical career and released the Grammy-winning children’s albums “In Harmony: A Sesame Street Record” (1981) and “Harmony 2.” (1983).

Her big break came in 1991 when she wrote the score for the Tony Award-winning Broadway plays The Secret Garden.

Joanna Was An Opera Singer Who Contributed Articles About Art To PBS

As for Joanna Simon, she made her New York City Opera debut in 1962 as Mozart’s Cherubino and continued to perform on opera and concert stages until 1986. She recorded with several orchestras over the years, including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic.

Up until 1992, Joanna was a PBS arts correspondent who won an Emmy in 1991 for a story on bipolar disorder and creativity. She was journalist Walter Cronkite’s companion from 2005 till his passing in 2009.

The Simon sisters’ photographer brother Peter passed away in 2018 at the age of 71 after a protracted battle with cancer.

Carly Simon Has Controlled Mental Health Problems

Carly Simon has experienced a number of mental health problems throughout her life, each with its own unique set of crippling symptoms that also showed up in ways that hindered her capacity to express herself and her career.

In her autobiography, “Boys in the Trees,” the singer claims that “Depression ran in the Simon family,” with the singer’s father, Richard Simon, displaying symptoms of mental illness and going through dark times as a youngster and well into adulthood.

Carly Simon Illness

Simon got those incidents as a gift. His issues with self-centeredness, humiliation, inadequacy, ambition, and sadness were much of the same as the musician’s own struggles, both good and bad.

Simon would have panic episodes as an adult, well into her years of mega-fame. She was struck during two concerts in Pittsburgh in 1981, according to ABC News. She became immobile in the middle of the first performance, and in the second, she passed out on stage.


The two sisters of American music artist Carly Simon passed away from cancer this week on consecutive days.

At the age of 82, Lucy Simon, a composer who was nominated for a Tony Award in 1991 for her work on the venerable Broadway musical “The Secret Garden,” passed away on Thursday at her Piedmont, New York, home.

Her battle with breast cancer, according to a family spokesperson. Joanna Simon, the sister of Carly and Lucy, died on Wednesday at the age of 86 following a battle with thyroid cancer.

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