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Lou Rawls and Nina Inman


In his personal life, Lou Rawls had difficulties in maintaining his relationships. Here's information about Lou's most recent and troubled marriage to Nina Malek Inman, his previous marriages, his children, and more.


Louis Allen Rawls was born on December 1, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois. There is conflicting information as to when he was born. Some sources show 1935, and some show 1936. We found the 1933 birthdate in the Domestic Violence case documents of Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, Court Case # DV25903.

Nina A. Malek Inman was born c.1971. Her home state is Ohio.

Death of Lou Rawls:

Lou Rawls died on January 6, 2006 at the age of 72 from lung cancer and pneumonia complications. He was being treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Rawls said he quit smoking 35 years ago.

Lou reported that he received both traditional and alternative medical treatments for the lung cancer which was diagnosed in 2004. He had also been diagnosed with brain cancer.

How Lou and Nina Met:

Lou and Nina met in 2002 when she was a flight attendant for Continental Airlines and he was a passenger on a flight she worked.

Ages at Wedding:

Lou, 68 or 70 depending on birthdate used; Nina, 33.

Wedding Date:

Lou and Nina were married in an impromptu ceremony in Memphis, Tennessee on January 1, 2004. The only people in attendance at their wedding was Lou Rawls' road manager and Nina's best friend. The spontaneous wedding was held at the Peabody Hotel right after midnight, at 12:01 a.m. after Rawls' show at the Liberty Bowl.

Shelby County Mayor A.C. Wharton performed the ceremony. The marriage to Nina was his third marriage, and her second marriage.


Lou and Nina's honeymoon was delayed to coincide with a performance Lou was scheduled to perform in Nassau in the Bahamas.


Lou has four children and four grandchildren.

  • Daughter, Kendra Smith of Long Beach, California. Mother is Lana Jean Rawls.

  • Son, Lou Rawls, Jr., of Los Angeles, California. Mother is Lana Jean Rawls.

  • Daughter, Louanna Rawls of Los Angeles, California. Mother is Lana Jean Rawls.

  • Son, Aiden Allen Rawls, was born on January 10, 2005 in Akron, Ohio. Mother is Nina Rawls.
    • NOTE: Nina and Lou used in vitro fertilization and another woman as birth mother.
      Source: AZ Central

Annulment Hearing:

Wanting to end his 2-year marriage to Nina, Lou filed to have an annulment. The couple has been separated since September, 2005.

The hearing was on 12/15/05 but the judge made no ruling at that time. Lou claimed that Nina absconded with assets valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Nina admitted to transferring nearly $350,000 into her account. Nina said she did so to keep the funds from being seized by Luanna Rawls, one of Lou's daughters.

Previous Marriages:

  • Lou married Lana Jean Rawls in 1961. They had two children. Lou and Lana divorced on October 15, 1973.

  • In 1989, Lou married Ceci. They divorced in 2003, after years of difficulty in their marriage relationship. Ceci claimed that during their marriage, Lou had three mistresses.




Lou graduated from Chicago's Dunbar High School. Although he never went to college, Lou worked for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and received numerous honorary doctorates.


Before becoming an actor, voice-over artist, the singing voice of the animated feline Garfield, and a Grammy Award winning singer, Lou served as a paratrooper from 1956-1958 in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division.

Nina is an aspiring singer. Prior to becoming Lou's manager in 2003, she was a flight attendant.


Lou's last residence was in Boulder Ridge, in the northesast valley of Scottsdale, Arizona.

Lou and Nina's colonial style, two-story, 3161 sq. ft. home in Uniontown, Ohio has been valued at $475,000. The home, built in 2004, has 4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, 1 half bath, a full basement, family room, and fireplace.

His former home in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles sold for $2.85 million in December, 2003. The home has 6 bedrooms, pool spa, carriage house, 6.5 bathrooms, and a master bedroom suite with a steam room.

Domestic Violence Issues:

On January 15, 2003, in Albuquerque, New Mexicio, Lou was released from Bernalillo County Detention Center after being arrested on one count of battery against Nina Inman. The charges were later dropped.


Lou, about his wedding to Nina: "Yeah, it was one of those spur of the moment things. We got up and said, “Let’s do it.” Well, just like I said, we woke up and looked at each other and said, “Hey, it’s a new year. Let’s start off with a new start."
Source: OMGuide

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