Who is Ton Bennett’s wife, Susan Crow?
Susan Crow Benedetto was born in San Francisco, California, USA, on September 9, 1966 – her zodiac sign is Virgo and she is of American nationality. She is a former social science teacher and an entrepreneurwho rose to fame after she married Tony Bennett, the famous American singer, who is 40 years her senior.
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Early life and education
Susan was raised as an only child in San Francisco by her insurance agent father Dayl, and her mother Marion Crow, who was a homemaker. Susan grew up and wanted to be a teacher and working with children; she attended a local high school where she practiced singing and acting, and played tennis, and was one of the top students in her class.
She graduated in 1984 and then enrolled at Fordham University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988. She continued her education at Columbia University’s Teachers College and received her Master’s Degree in 1990.
Career as a teacher
Susan has spent most of her working life as a social science teacher and became a philanthropist not long after meeting her husband Tony. She founded the organization Exploring The Arts (ETA) together, and since 1999 it has helped build more than 17 schools in the US – the organization encourages students to study art. Susan is currently the board chairman and both Susan and Tony received George Washington University Medals in 2010 for their philanthropic activities.
Susan also runs her own agency, Creative Artists Management, based in New York City.
Love life and marriage with Tony Bennett
Before Tony met Susan, he had been married twice. In 1952 he married Patricia Beech, an unfamous woman, but they divorced after about 19 years of being together because Tony had fallen in love with Sandra Grant Bennett whom he married not long after his divorce from Patricia was finalized. Although he was still married to Sandra in the late ’80s, he met Susan when they were proposed by Lady Gaga, their mutual friend. They began dating in secret and it wasn’t until nearly 20 years later that Tony divorced Sandra in 2007 and married Susan in a private ceremony attended only by Mario Cuomo, the late former New York governor, and his wife.
Susan has no children of her own, but is a stepmother to Tony’s four children (two with Patricia and two with Sandra). It is widely believed that Tony is the only man she has been with, so as of August 2020 she is a married woman but has no biological children.
Hobbies and other interests
Susan’s greatest interest is in charitable work and attending charitable events, and she has helped numerous organizations raise money for various causes, such as raising underprivileged children and for war veterans.
She loves to travel and has been all over the US with her husband when he performed, while the two have also traveled for pleasure and toured Europe, staying in cities like Paris in France and Venice in Italy.
Susan also likes to sing, but only for herself, because she thinks she’s not very good and can’t compete with her husband!
In her spare time she enjoys watching movies, and her favorite actor and actress are Will Smith and Emma Watson while some of her favorite movies are “Seven Pounds”, “I Am Legend” and the franchise “Harry Potter”. She also enjoys watching comedy series, her favorite being “The Third Rock from the Sun”.
Age and height
Susan is 54 years old. She has long blond hair and brown eyes, her height is 1.7 m and she weighs about 61 kg. As of August 2020, her net worth was estimated at over $1 million, while Tony’s net worth is reportedly over $200 million.
Who is Tony Bennett?
Anthony Dominick Benedetto was born on Long Island, New York, USA, on August 3, 1926 – his zodiac sign is Leo and he is of American nationality. He is a jazz, show tune and big band singer, known for his amazing vocal skills and heartwarming lyrics.
Tony was raised alongside his older brother John Jr. and his older sister Mary, through their father John Benedetto, who was a grocer and who immigrated to the US from the southern Italian region of Podargoni, and their mother Anna, who was a seamstress, and whose parents emigrated from the southern Italian region of Calabria.
His father died when Tony was 10, and the family lived in relative poverty, while Tony found solace in music and artists like Eddie Cantor, Bing Crosby and Al Jolson – he also listened to jazz artists Joe Venuti, Jack Teagarden and Louis Armstrong. Before high school, Tony was a singer and sang at the opening of New York City’s Triborough Bridge. He was also very good at drawing caricatures and started earning money at the age of 13 by singing in restaurants and selling his drawings. He enrolled at the School of Industrial Art in New York studied music and painting, but had to quit to help his family – he found a job as a copy boy and then started working as a singing waiter.
He enlisted in the US Army in November 1944 and fought through France before entering Germany – in March 1945 Tony found himself on the front lines he described as “front row in hell”, nearly dying on many occasions. At the end of World War II, he helped liberate a Nazi concentration camp in Bavaria, Germany.
He came back to the US in 1946 and enrolled in the American Theater Wing. In 1949, he was invited to open for American actress and singer Pearl Bailey in Greenwich Village, where he met Bob Hope, a famous British-American singer, actor and stand-up comedian. Bob invited Tony to tour with him, and soon he signed his first contract with a major agency – Columbia Records.
He rose to fame in the US after the release of his debut single “Because of You”, which topped the charts and hit jukeboxes. His two subsequent singles, “Blue Velvet” and “Rags to Riches”, both became hits, while the latter topped the charts and remained there for two months. Towards the end of 1953, Tony was invited by the producers of the musical “Kismet” to record the song “Stranger in Paradise”, which became a huge hit in both the US and UK. His debut album “Cloud 7” was released in 1955, followed by his second album “The Beat of My Heart” in 1957, which received much more attention than the first.
Tony went on to work with the Count Basie Orchestra on his next two albums, “Basie Swings, Bennett Sings” and “In Person!”, released in 1958 and 1959 respectively, and he also started playing in nightclubs.
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His single “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” won him two Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Male Solo Vocal Performance. His album “I Wanna Be Around” came out in 1963 and in 1965 Tony tried to launch his acting career by starring in the movie “The Oscar” but it didn’t get much attention which led Tony to his idea of becoming an actor.
As The Beatles became popular, it was harder for Tony and those of the same genre to make hits, and Tony’s popularity declined somewhat, leading to him taking drugs in the late 1970s – Tony nearly died of a cocaine overdose in 1979 , before his son Danny successfully helped him find new places for him to sing and resolve his disputes with the IRS.
Tony was officially back on his feet in 1986 when his new album “The Art of Excellence” hit the charts.
He went on to sing on talk shows such as “Late Night with David Letterman”, “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “Muppets Tonight”, attracting younger audiences. In 1990 he released his album “Astoria: Portrait of the Artist”, followed by “Perfectly Frank” in 1992 and “Steppin’ Out” in 1993. Tony has continued as a famous singer since the early 90’s. and has managed to increase his net worth from $20 million to $200 million from then to today.
The sentiment of Charlie Chaplin’s lyrics to “Smile” is inspiring in today’s world, and it’s one of my favorite songs to perform. I believe that life is always worth living if you just smile. https://t.co/LdHTLwLDqU pic.twitter.com/Uqz43vJoM1
— Tony Bennett (@itstonybennett) August 11, 2020
Tony also became an established painter, having held exhibitions in galleries around the world. You can see Tony’s painting “Homage to Hockney” on display at the Butler Institute of American Art, while some of his other works can be found at the National Arts Club and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He is also a writer as he published his first book in 1996 entitled “Tony Bennett: What My Heart Has Seen”, followed by his second book “The Good Life: The Autobiography of Tony Bennett” in 1998. He published “Tony Bennett in the Studio: A Life of Art & Music’ in 2007, while his last two books were ‘Life is a Gift: The Zen of Bennett’ and ‘Just Getting Started’, published in 2012 and 2016 respectively.
At 94 years old, Tony still seems healthy, still performs occasionally and still enjoys life with his third wife, Susan Crow.