Eileen Williams is a celebrity spouse who is best known as the first wife of singer-songwriter Ray Charles. She worked as a beautician in the past.
Her Married Life
Eileen and Ray got married on July 31, 1951. Their relationship did not last long as they separated after six months of togetherness.
They did not have any children together.
Here is a picture of the husband and wife holding hands.
Eileen was not in the spotlight anymore after separation with Ray.
Who did Charles marry after divorce?
Charles did not stay single after divorce from his first wife. He met his Della Beatrice Howard Robinson, in 1954.
The couple lived a happily married life for 22 years. They got divorced in November 1977.
Charles started losing eyesight at an early age
His younger brother died by drowning. It was one of the most traumatic events of his life. Following his brother's death, he gradually starts losing his sight.
By the time he was seven, he was blind. His mother had to send him to a school where he could learn to read and write in Braille.
Charles died of Liver Disease
On June 10, 2004, Charles died of liver disease in Beverly Hills, California. A year before, he had to cancel his tour to undergo hip replacement surgery.
His death was mourned by a lot of people, including his longtime friend, Quincy Jones.
According to Jones, Charles had done a lot to break down the perceived walls of musical genres.
There would never be another musician who would as much as Charles did. Two months after his death, his last album, "Genius Loves Company" was released.
Charles had 12 children
Charles was a father of 12 children who were born to 10 different women.
In 2002 he called up a meeting with all his children to inform them what they could expect in inheritance. Charles was ill at the time he called the meeting.
He revealed that a big part of his wealth would be left to Ray Charles's foundation.
However, there would be $500000 in trusts that would be paid out to them in the coming years.
Charles did not clarify the amount each child would receive, which led to a battle over his wealth after his death.
After the foundation won the lawsuit case, the children were prevented from seeking any interest in their father's estate in the future.
Charles had an estimated net worth of $75 million at the time of his death. He had garnered such a staggering net worth through his career as a singer and songwriter.
How did Charles make money?
In his early days, he used to play Piano for the bands at the Ritz Theatre in LaVilla. He earned $4 per night from it.
After signing with Atlantic Records, he scored his first big hit single in 1953. He gave several hits following this. Below is a list of some of his major hits.
|1954||I've Got a Woman|
|1955||This Little Girl of Mine|
|1959||What'd I Say|
In 1959 he signed with ABC Paramount. They offered him an annual advance of $50000 and higher royalties than Atlantic.
Age and Height
- Charles died at the age of 73.
- His height was 1.75 m.
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