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Morgana King, jazz singer who played Brando's wife in Godfather films, dies at 87

Morgana King, jazz singer who played Brando's wife in Godfather films, dies at 87

Morgana King, a boldly original jazz singer with a four-octave voice and dramatic stage presence who was perhaps better known for portraying Vito Corleone’s wife in the first two “Godfather” movies, died March 22 in Palm Springs. She was 87.

Her death, which had not previously been reported, was confirmed by the Riverside County coroner's office. A representative from the office said the cause was non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

King performed in nightclubs for more than 50 years and recorded about 20 albums, yet her fame never equaled her acclaim. She had a modest hit in 1964 with “A Taste of Honey,” but for most of her career she remained an exacting, uncompromising and even defiant...

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