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She became famous when her song “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” (released in 1969) was included on the soundtrack of the movie “Play Misty for Me” (which was the first movie of Clint Eastwood as director). The song reached the number one position in different music charts in 1972. After that, Roberta started to work with Donny Hathaway and they worked in the song “Killing Me Softly With This Song” which became in the second hit of Flack in 1973.
They kept working together until 1979 when Donny committed suicide. Roberta started to work with Peabo Bryson. However, the success was less; the highest song was “Tonight I Celebrate My Love” which reached the number 5 position on the Black Singles charts, the number sixteen on the Pop charts and number fourteen on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1983. In 1991 she reached the number six position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart along the singer Maxi Priest for the song “Set the Night to Music”.