Helen Reddy, ‘I’m Woman’ Singer and Activist, Dead at 78

Helen Reddy, the Australian singer whose early-season song “I’m Woman” has served as a strong feminist anthem for many generations, has died. Her children, Tracy Donnet and Jordan Somerous, confirmed the news on Tuesday through their official Facebook page. She was 78.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother Helen Reddy in Los Angeles on the afternoon of September 29, 2020,” the statement read. “She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and a truly formidable woman. Our heart is broken. But we know that her voice will live forever.”

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Reddy grew up in a show-biz family with actor parents. She performed as a child and later won a singing competition that brought her to audition for a record contract in New York. Although that position did not make any difference, he chose to stay in the US and signed to Capitol Records. She recorded several singles, which climbed the charts.

In the seventies, several of his songs made it to the Top 40, with number three hitting at number one, including his permanent hit “I’m Woman”. The song earned a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. His other Number One Boling hits, include Alex Harvey’s rendition of “Delta Dawn” and Alan O’Day’s “Angie Baby”. In 1974, he played a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

But before her hits and fame, she struggled as a single mother in New York, then later moved to Chicago with her then husband and manager Jeff Wald, where she released the single “One Way Ticket” on Fontana, What was rarely seen was its native Australia.

His move to Los Angeles proved more fruitful. It was there that she signed to the Capitol and released her defining song, “I’m Woman”, which she sang with Ray Burton. Inspired by her participation in the women’s movement, it did not initially make waves, but the song gained popularity and eventually topped the charts, making her the first Australian singer to hit number one in the US and it also won her Earned a Grammy During her Grammy acceptance speech, she “thanked God, because she makes everything possible.”

In the eighties, she moved to MCA, where she released two 1981 albums Play me out And of 1983 imagination. His later music releases included albums from the nineties Feel so young On its label, a show-centric Center stage And in 2000 he dropped the Holiday album, The best christmas ever.

In addition to recording recordings, Reddy also acted in film and television, such as appearing in shows Carol Burnett Show, Muppet Show And hosted her own Helen reddy show. In the film, he acted Peat dragon Where he sang “Candle on the Water” earned an Oscar nomination for Best Song. His role in Airport 1975 She received a Golden Globe nomination. Her career also extended into musical theater, including her tenure as Mrs. Johnstone. blood Brothers Opened on Broadway and in the West End in the nineties.

She announced her retirement from performing in 2002, but returned to the stage for a one-time performance a decade later. In 2017, she performed for a new generation of women, which was reared to her trademark tune when she performed a cappella with actress Jamie Lee Curtis and other celebrities at the 2017 Women’s March.

In 2015, he was diagnosed with dementia Sydney morning herald. An Anjum Moon-directed biopic based on his life, titled I am woman, Which stars Tilda Cobham-Hervey, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. It is available through streaming services.

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