Shirley Gooding is the former singer of the group Sweethearts. Besides, she is also the wife of the late legendary lead vocalist of The Main Ingredients' funk band. Learn about her net worth, personal life, and lifestyle.
How Was the Married Life of Shirley Gooding With Her Late Husband Cuba Gooding Sr.?
Shirley Gooding married twice to the same man singer Cubas Gooding Sr. The love birds met while performing for Jackie Wilson's Show 'Mr. Excitement' in 1964. The love blossomed between them, and the two soul singers walked down the aisle in 1966.
In 1967, the married couple gave birth to their first child, April Gooding. Unfortunately, the two got divorced in the year 1974. The financial problems might have been the cause of their separation.
Surprisingly enough, Shirley and Cuba Gooding, Sr; decided to give their marriage a second chance and rekindled their romance. The pair got hitched for the second time on April 16, 1995.
Ever since their second marriage, the husband and wife remained married until the death of Cuba Gooding Sr on April 20, 2017. Her spouse died just one week before his 73rd birthday. After the funeral, his body was buried at Trinity Church cemetery.
Further, Cuba's dead body was discovered along with an alcohol container and drug paraphernalia inside his silver Jaguar in Woodland Hills. The death was reportedly assumed to be from a drug overdose and alcohol.
Cuba Gooding Sr.'s Widow Shirley Gooding - Proud Mother Of Four Children
Shirley Gooding is the proud mother of her four children. Their eldest daughter April Gooding born in 1967, is an amazing actress who gave excellent performances in the movies such as 'Inappropriate Comedy' and 'Life of a King.'
In the meantime, Shirley's second son Cuba Gooding Jr. is famous for the movie "Gladiator." Cuba Jr. tied the knot with his high school sweetheart Sara Kapfer in 1994. After two decades of marriage, the pair called it quits in 2014.
The American Crime Story star and Sara welcomed two sons and a daughter, Spencer Gooding, Mason Gooding, and Piper Gooding. The actor requested joint legal and physical custody of their second daughter Piper Gooding.
Moving on, Shirley's youngest child, Omar Gooding, aka Big O, arrived in the world in 1976. Omar is an American rapper and comedian who appeared in the 90s sitcom 'Hanging with Mr. Cooper.'
In 2017, Omar became a father to Omar Dari Gooding Jr. with his fiance Mia. The third son of Shirley, Tommy Gooding, followed in his parent's footsteps and became a musician.
Shirley Gooding - Net Worth Collection
The Gooding family has been a part of the entertainment industry for a long time. As of 2023, Shirley probably lives a luxurious life with her celebrity family. Her exact net worth is yet to be reviewed.
Check out the video of Shirley Gooding's The Sweetheart band song He's A Yankee.
On the other hand, Cuba Cooling Sr was the lead vocalist of the R&B trio ' The Main Ingredients.' The band sold over a million copies of their hits like Just Don't Want To Be Lonely, and Everybody Plays the Fool'. At the time of his death, her husband had an estimated net worth of $3 million.
Quick Facts - Shirley Gooding
- Shirley Gooding was born in New York.
- She belongs to African American ancestry.
- Her grandchildren are Mason Gooding, Piper Gooding, Bradley Gooding, and Spencer Gooding.
- Shirley's son Cuba Gooding Jr received Oscar-winning for a supporting role in Jerry Maguire.'
- Her grandsons Mason Gooding has acting credits in Moonshot, Scream, and The Good Doctor.