Nina Simone Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets


17th January 2017

Fact: The childhood home of Nina Simone is up for sale in North Carolina for $95,000 (£76,800). The late singer was one of eight children raised in the small wooden cottage, located in Tryon. The little place was built in 1930.


24th July 2014

Quote: "You have to try to understand where people are coming from. This has always been an issue in our society. A white person can play Cleopatra, even though Cleopatra was a North African woman, who in reality had coffee skin. But that's not sellable in Hollywood. So you get Elizabeth Taylor with purple eyes. There's always been a lot of tension in the African-American community about Hollywood being a whitewashing machine." Zoe Saldana is trying to understand why her casting as jazz great Nina Simone has been met with so much opposition because she's not black enough.


14th August 2012

Fact: Zoe Saldana is in talks to play jazz and blues great Nina Simone in a new biopic. Online reports suggest the Avatar star is the red-hot favourite to lead the cast in Nina.


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