Maria Cole: Net Worth, Nat King Cole, Songs (Career)

How Much is the singer Maria Cole Worth?

Maria Hawkins, now Maria Cole was a famous Jazz Singer from America. Late wife of the singer/musician Nat King Cole, she was also the mother of the Natalie Cole.

Although not notably known for her music, she was quite famous for being the wife of Nat King Cole. Jazz being her base, she worked with Count Basie as well as Duke Ellington when she was involved in music. Starting out her career singing at local clubs, she met her husband Nat King Cole at Zanzibar Club, the same club- where they both used to perform. Earning from their music, the pair had a fair amount of net worth value although the exact amount is not disclosed yet.

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Early Life

Maria Hawkins was born on August 1, 1922, in Boston, Massachusetts of the US. She is the daughter of the Mingo Hawkins and Carol Hawkins. Because her mother died while giving birth to her sister, Maria spent most of her childhood with her father.

She was also the niece of the late author- Charlotte Hawkins Brown.


Sadly, there is no information regarding her educational status.


A singer by profession, she started out her career in music performing shows at the local clubs and bars. She moved from her hometown Boston to New York pursuing a career in Jazz. Her most notable work includes her performance along with Count Basie and also Fletcher Henderson.

In 1940’s she was hired as the lead vocalist for the Duke Ellington’s Orchestra. She started performing along with the band and spent several years with them.

However, she started her solo career from 1946 performing at the Club Zanzibar where she also met her husband- Nat King Cole. After marrying, she halted her musical career to raise her family.

Personal Life

Name  Maria Cole
Date of birth  August 1, 1992
Birthplace  Boston, Massachusetts, US
Ethnicity  African-American
Height  N/A
Weight  N/A
Profession  Singer
Married  Married
Nationality  American
Father’s name  Mingo Hawkins
Mother’s name  Carol Hawkins
Birth sign  N/A
Measurement  N/A
Net Worth  Under Review
Siblings  a younger sister

Marriage and Divorce

Cole got married to her first husband Spurgeon Ellington in 1943. However, he died while he was on a training flight of the Tuskegee Army Air Corps.

She remarried Nat King Cole when they met at the Zanzibar Club. He even divorced his wife just to be with her. The pair married in 1948 at the Abyssinian Baptist Church.

However, he died when he was attacked onstage while performing in Alabama in 1956.

After the death of her second husband, she then married Gary DeVore. Together with him, she ran an Inn in the Berkshire of United Kingdom. But the marriage came to a bitter end, and the couple later divorced. She had the total of four children and six grandchildren at the time of her death.

Social Reach

Unfortunately, you cannot find her on any social sites. Throughout her whole lifetime, she was never active on any of the social sites.

Net Worth

Throughout her career period as a singer, she earned a huge amount as her net worth. Despite the exact number still under review, we can assume that it was obviously a large number.


At the age of 89, Cole died at a nursing home located in Boca Raton, Florida due to cancer. This was only a short while after she was diagnosed and she died on the July 10 of 2012.

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