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Hollywood Memorial

Nat King Cole

He is best remembered for his 28 gold records, including ‘Sweet Lorraine,’ ‘Ramblin’ Rose,’ and ‘Mona Lisa,’ but he also appeared in 28 films and television stories, usually playing himself. His family moved to Chicago when he was 5, where his father, Rev. Edward James Coles, was minister at the True Light Baptist Church. Nat learned to play the church organ at age 12. He later toured Europe and made a command performance before Queen Elizabeth II. He had a television show during the 1960s. He started smoking to generate revenue from television ads promoting tobacco, and this likely led to his lung cancer, the cause of his death. Daughter Natalie Cole has since become a famous singer. Entombed near Alan Ladd, Clara Bow, Jeanette McDonald, George Burns & Gracie Allen at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale.