Shirley Gooding is a former American singer of the music group, The Sweethearts. She, however, is known for being the mother of Cuba Gooding Jr, a popular American actor and as the wife of late American singer, Cuba Gooding Sr.
Shirley Gooding was born in New York, United States. She grew up with her family in the United States; however, her exact birth details are missing. She looks to be in her sixties. The information considering her parents and siblings is missing. Also, her educational qualifications are under the curtain.
The celebrity mother holds American nationality and belongs to the African-American ethnicity. Her birth name is Shirley Sullivan. She has dark black hair and black eyes.
The late musician's wife is living the life of a widow after the death of her husband in 2017. Shirley and Cuba Gooding Sr met for the first time in 1964. At that time, Shirley was working in the music group, The Sweethearts. After dating for around two years, the duo tied the knot in 1966. They welcomed their first child, April Gooding, in 1967.
Besides April, the duo welcomed kids Tommy Gooding, Omar Gooding and Cuba Gooding Jr. Similarly, Shirley is a proud grandmother of her grandchildren Mason Gooding, Spencer Gooding, Piper Gooding, and more.
Moreover, Shirley and Cuba Sr had many ups and downs in their marital life. They legally separated in 1974. The actual reason for their separation was under the curtain; however, one of the reasons for their separation was finance.
After their divorce, the couple started living apart; however, the love birds couldn't stay away from each other and again tied the knot in 1995. After that, they maintained a healthy relationship and cherished their married life until the death of Cuba Sr.
Shirley's husband, Cuba Gooding Sr., was a popular American singer, born on 27 April 1944 in Harlem, New York, United States. He was born to his parents Duedley MacDonald Gooding and Addie Alston. His mother, Addie, was murdered when he was a child. His father, Duedley was a taxi driver who died when he was only 11 years old.
Cuba Sr grew up in hardships and chose the music career to bring brightness in his life. He remained active in the showbiz industry from 1964- 2016. He was known as a lead singer in the music group, The Main Ingredients. Also, he worked with the group Stevie Wonder.
The singer died on 20 April 2017 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California. The reason for his death was reported to be drug and alcohol as he was found dead in his vehicle, and the vehicle contained drugs and alcohol. Likewise, the dead body is kept at Trinity Church Cemetary.
His music credits are Everybody Plays The Fool, Just Don't Want To Be Lonely, Fly Baby Fly, Let Me Prove My Love To You, Spinning Around, I'm So Proud, Girl Blue, Magic Shoes, Where Were You When I Needed You, and more.
Shirley is a proud mother. Her eldest child, April Gooding, is a popular American actress with acting credits like Life Of a King, AM Radio, Night Into Day, InAPPropriate Comedy, and more.
Similarly, her son, Omar Gooding, is a popular American actor, rapper and comedian, born in 1976. His Stage name is Big O. He is known for his acting credits in Ghost Dad, Freedom Song, Baby Boy, Thank You Card, Lap Dance, Only For One Night, Smart Guy, Eve, The Royal Family, and more.
Likewise, her son, Tommy Gooding, is a musician and her grandson, Mason Gooding, is a popular actor having acting credits in Booksmart, Scream, Moonshot, The Good Doctor, Ballers, and more.
Talking about Cuba Gooding Jr, he is one of the prominent actors from the Black ethnicity. He was born in 1968 in Bronx, New York, US. He was once married to Sara Kapfer (1994- 2014). The duo shares three children.
Cuba Jr stands at the height of 1.78 m. He has been active in the showbiz industry since 1986. He was a supporting actor who got fame later in his career. The star kid got Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, NAACP Image Awards, Camie Awards, Satellite Award, and more for his outstanding acting career.
The fifty-three years old actor has been charged with sexual abuse multiple times. He made news headlines for inappropriate touch and harassment.
Further, his acting credits are Men Of Honor, Jerry Maguire, Boyz n The Wood, Empire, Pearl Harbor, Life In a Year, The Way of War, Daddy Day Camp, Radio, Snow Dogs, and more.
The former singer is probably living a luxurious life with her family. Being a member of the celebrity family, she may have access to all the luxuries and comfort. However, her exact net worth is missing.
On the other hand, her husband's fortune at his death was $42 Million. He had earned major of his fortune from his involvement in the showbiz industry.
Similarly, Cuba Jr has around $14 Million, which he has earned from his acting career. Further, he is active on Instagram with 255108 followers as of now. He earns $761.25- $1268.75 per post.