Maria Hawkins Ellington tries on one of her gifts at a party in Harlem celebrating her marriage to Nat “King” Cole in March The Coles were married at the famous Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem by Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
Maria Cole attending the annual Academy Awards with her husband who was, of course, the legendary Nat “King” Cole. Born Maria Hawkins in Boston in she was an accomplished jazz singer who performed with Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Died July 2012 at age
Nat “King” Cole at home with his wife Maria in Their daughter Carol Cole once said that her mother “radically altered” her father’s style. She replaced his zoot suits with the classic, bespoke pieces that were to be his trademark.