- Gene Seymour: Natalie Cole stood up to many difficulties, overcoming addiction, loss, in a successful career as beloved singer
- He says with her "Unforgettable" album, she kicked off "duets" sub-genre, made crossover from pop to jazz even as she struggled with health
Gene Seymour is a film critic who has written about music, movies and culture for The New York Times, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly and The Washington Post. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the writer.
(CNN)Whatever life threw at Natalie Cole, she kept coming back. And hers was not an easy life: There was the loss of a parent during adolescence, the drug dependency and then a series of illnesses serious enough to have put one of the most lucrative and widely beloved music careers in jeopardy.