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Nina Simone was one of history’s great performers. The North Carolina-born, Juilliard-trained singer had one of those voices that made you sit bolt upright, with a political streak to match.
She died in France nearly 12 years ago, but her story is getting a Netflix release on June 26. “What Happened, Miss Simone?” tells the tale of her rise and fall, through interviews with her daughter and friends.
From superstardom to exile, Nina Simone’s life was always a reflection of her vibrant, unassailable spirit. “People think that when she went out on stage, she became Nina Simone,” said her daughter. “My mother was Nina Simone 24/7, and that’s when it became a problem.” Watch the trailer above.