Andrea Heinemann Simon
|From||United States of America|
|Birth||24 March 1909, Philadelphia, USA|
|Death||15 February 1994, Riverdale, USA (aged 84 years)|
Andrea Heinemann Simon (March 24, 1909 – February 15, 1994) was an American civil rights activist and the mother of singer Carly Simon.
Life and career
Andrea Louise Heinemann was born and raised in Philadelphia, the second child of Ofelia "Elma Marie" (Oliete/Ollright), known as "Chibie", and Frederick Adolph "Fred" Heinemann. Her father was of German descent. Her mother was born in Cuba, and was of pardo heritage, a freed-slave descendant (the show Finding Your Roots has tested her daughter Carly's DNA as 10% African and 2% Indigenous).
Heinemann married Richard Leo Simon (March 6, 1899 – July 29, 1960), co-founder of Simon & Schuster, the publishers. At the time of their 1934 engagement, Heinemann worked as a receptionist for the company. They had four children:
- former opera Mezzo-soprano singer and New York real estate agent, Joanna Simon
- Broadway score writer Lucy Simon
- singer-songwriter Carly Simon
- Peter Simon
The family resided in the Riverdale community of the Bronx. Heinemann was an activist in the Civil Rights Movement.
Simon was actively involved in charitable and community work. This included a stint on the board of directors of the Riverdale Mental Health Association for over 30 years. She also served as a director of the Riverdale Chapter of the United Nations Association.
In 1994, Simon died of lung cancer in her Riverdale home at the age of 84.