A new book on her father, former US president Carly Simon, says the “craziest thing” her father did was to get rid of her mother, who was born in the US and has been married for 50 years.
Carly Simon was a young woman who did not see herself in the role of a mother, she said in her new book, ‘What’s Happened: My Father’s Legacy’ (Titan Books, £25).
She was not a “credible, intelligent woman” who could have done what her father had done.
Simon has always felt she is a woman of “one mind”, which is why she was not “the same person” as her father was.
She has also said she never wanted to be a mother herself.
Simon’s father was born to a US Army colonel in 1939.
Her mother, Elizabeth (who became the US ambassador to India in the 1950s), was born there.
She left the Army at the age of 17, went to work as a model, married a US soldier and was a model for many years.
She was a nurse, but her husband left her when she was 32, and she left her family to become an activist.
The relationship between Simon and her father is said to have been tumultuous.
Her father was a big supporter of the US war effort in Vietnam, but she was deeply critical of the Vietnam War as a woman, believing it had been a disaster for the country.
Simon told the Sunday Times that her father “thought the war was a terrible idea, that there was no military solution.
I think he saw himself as a great soldier, and I think there was a realisation in him that he wasn’t a great man.”
Simon also told the Times that she was told by her father that he was “a hero” and “not a hero in a conventional sense”.
Simon’s mother was an African-American, a former nurse who became a US ambassador in the 1960s.
She was a fierce opponent of the war in Vietnam and was killed by an American helicopter while campaigning against it in 1972.
Her husband, Bob, died in 1999.
Her younger sister, Cherie, is a writer, activist and philanthropist.
Simon said in the book that she never had a relationship with her father and did not think of him as her husband.
She did not want him to “become the person he was”, she said, but he had made her “a better person”.