->''You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you.\\
You're so vain, I'll bet you think this song is about you don't you? Don't you?''
-->"You're So Vain"

Born in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity and now one of the most famous residents of Martha's Vineyard, MA, Carly Elisabeth Simon (born June 25, 1945) is a SingerSongwriter who hit it big in the 1970s with a string of pop/soul hits with a blues sensibility.

Simon's father Richard was co-founder of the Simon & Schuster publishing house. Her older sister Lucy is also a singer and musician, and the two of them started out performing together in the '60s as "The Simon Sisters" before Carly went solo. She was married to Music/JamesTaylor for a number of years, and they had two kids, Sally and Ben, who are also musicians (who in fact got their start singing backup on Mom's 1987 album ''Coming Around Again''); she's still close friends with James' brother Livingston.

By far Simon's most famous song is "You're So Vain", a bouncily sarcastic hit about an egotistical male friend with a penchant for homewrecking and globetrotting hedonism; [[WMG/YoureSoVainTheories speculation has been rampant for four decades]] about who it's about, but Simon has only publicly revealed three letters of the man's name: A, R, and E[[note]]which leaves out the man most assumed it was, Creator/JackNicholson[[/note]]. She has told a few people, including TV exec Dick (Rich'''a'''rd) '''E'''be'''r'''sol and Creator/HowardStern, but to everyone else, there has been a long list of speculated men, including Mick J'''a'''gg'''er''' (who sang backup on the song), W'''ar'''r'''e'''n Beatty,[[note]]Fair enough. On Nov. 18 2015 she admitted the second verse is about him "but he thinks it's the whole song!"[[/note]] guitar builder D'''a'''ni'''e'''l A'''r'''mstrong, and record exec D'''a'''vid Law'''r'''ence G'''e'''ffen [[note]]Geffen has been openly gay for a very long time, but the rumor is that Simon was jealous of his professional favoritism towards his friend Joni Mitchell.[[/note]]. Simon has openly said it is not about her ex-husband J'''a'''m'''e'''s Taylo'''r''', but did once joke about it being about D'''e'''ep Th'''r'''o'''a'''t (aka W. M'''ar'''k F'''e'''lt). [[note]]She apparently got the idea for the apricot scarf from NickNolte, who has only two of the required letters -- Nichol'''a'''s Nolt'''e'''.[[/note]] In 2015 she finally revealed that each of the three verses is actually about a different man, and the second one is Beatty, but she still intends to take the identities of the other two to her grave.

Won an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for "Let the River Run" for Creator/MikeNichols' ''Film/WorkingGirl''.

!!Tropes associated with Carly Simon include:
* [[CoolOldGuy Cool Old Lady]]: What Simon is now that she is about to enter her 70s.
* GenreBusting: Her songs are all over the map, with elements of rock, pop, easy listening, and soul in various ratios.
* ''Film/JamesBond'': "Nobody Does It Better", from ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe''. Includes a TitleDrop and some cutesy innuendo about "keeping all my secrets safe tonight".
* LyricalDissonance: This is very close to being one of Simon's signature songwriting techniques; her very first hit, "That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be", is a song with seemingly happy lyrics about beating the bad relationship odds, but a mournful, ''extremely'' ambivalent tune that indicates the singer doesn't really expect to come out on top. "Anticipation" (written about a fling with CatStevens) has a distinctly triumphal tune but the words are about pre-first-date jitters. "Better Not Tell Her" sounds like an angry rant from a jealous ex, but it closes on a desperately sad and lonely note. "Jesse" is a deliriously happy song about wanting to see a man who is absolutely no good for her. "You Belong To Me" is a jazzy, sax-laden, almost seductive song about a woman who's terrified of losing her cheating lover. And then there's her cover of "Eensy-Weensy Spider", which serves as a reprise of the title track on ''Coming Around Again'', which is a song about a frustrated housewife living her life in a fog... [[MindScrew and it has her kids singing backup]].
* PopStarComposer: For a Disney/WinnieThePooh movie, of all things.
** Before that, she wrote and performed the theme song for ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleTwins''.
* TheReveal: She's only given up clues about who the song "You're So Vain" is about. [[spoiler:On November 18 2015 [[http://www.ew.com/article/2015/11/18/carly-simon-youre-so-vain-verse-warren-beatty she revealed the second verse]] is about WarrenBeatty, meaning [[CompositeCharacter the other verses are about other men]] as well.]]
* SelfTitledAlbum: Her 1971 debut.
* SurvivalMantra: "I haven't got time for the pain/ I haven't got room for the pain/ I haven't the need for the pain/ not since I've known you". Played with, as the song isn't defiant at all -- it's actually a mushy thank you note.
* TakeThat: "You're So Vain", of course. Also "Better Not Tell Her", in a much more tragic vein.
** Was on the receiving end of one from ex-husband Music/JamesTaylor. She gave him an ultimatum: cut back on his recording and touring to spend more time with her and the kids, or their marriage is over. The title of Taylor's next album? ''Dad Loves His Work''. They were divorced soon after.
* ThirdWheel: "Two Hot Girls"
* TooMuchInformation: "We Have No Secrets"
* UnstoppableMailman: In the wake of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on New York City and the Pentagon, the United States Postal Service [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe_bIf0rbE4 released a commercial]] featuring Simon's song "Let the River Run" that reassured the nation that, despite everything that had happened, the people of the United States could still count on them. It's actually pretty heartwarming.
* {{Yandere}}: Played with in "You Belong To Me" and "Better Not Tell Her", which could quite easily be about the same relationship, a decade apart. In both cases, there's begging, denial, and anger, but in neither one does the singer tip over into AxCrazy. There's some heavy SanitySlippage in "You Belong To Me", though.