Carly Simon's father was Richard L. Simon, co-founder of Simon & Schuster, Inc. and an accomplished pianist who often played Chopin and Beethoven at home. Her mother was Andrea Louise Simon, a civil rights activist and singer. Carly was raised in Riverdale, a neighborhood of the Bronx in New York City and has two older sisters and a younger brother.
Simon married fellow singer-songwriter James Taylor on November 3, 1972. Simon and Taylor had two children, both of whom are musicians and political activists. Simon and Taylor divorced in 1983.She has been married to James Hart, a writer, poet and businessman, since December1987.
Carly Simon's musical career began with a short-lived attempt with her sister as
“The Simon Sisters”. They had a minor hit in 1964 called "Winkin', Blinkin' and Nod" and made three albums together before Lucy left to get married and start a family. Simon’s solo music career began in 1971 with the self-titled album ''Carly Simon ''. Simon's major breakthrough album, though, debuted in 1972 titled ''No Secrets''. The album spawned several successful singles, including Simon's biggest hit, "You're So Vain".
Throughout the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, Carly recorded numerous albums, film scores, sound tracks and easily recognized theme songs. She also wrote a song called "You're Where I Go" as a tribute to Christa McAuliffe, who was to be the first teacher in space, before she died in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. McAuliffe was a Simon fan and had taken a cassette of her music on board the shuttle.
Carly Simon has received many awards for her work in the entertainment industry and has received two Grammy Awards, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. She was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 1994.
Carly Simon currently lives on Martha's Vineyard and co-owns a store in Vineyard Haven named Midnight Farm, which is also the title of one of the series of children's books she wrote in the late 1980s and 1990s.