Natalie Cole enjoyed her shift into television acting

January 1, 2016 10:35 PM

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When singer Natalie Cole, who died New Year's Eve at the age of 65, burst on the scene 40 years ago, she made the rounds of talk shows, including "The Merv Griffin Show," "Dinah!" and "The Mike Douglas Show" as well as such musical/variety series as "The Carol Burnett Show." She also popped up on the small screen in "The Midnight Special," which she also hosted, and specials such as "Sinatra and Friends" and "Paul Anka... Music My Way."

Though her father, the legendary Nat "King" Cole acted and sang in feature films at the height of his career, Cole didn't start acting in earnest until the 1990s when she was in her 40s.

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