Helen Reddy is a Actor Australienne born on 25 october 1941 at Melbourne (Australie)
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Birth name Helen Maxine Lamond ReddyNationality AustralieBirth 25 october 1941
at Melbourne (Australie
)Death 29 september 2020
(at 78 years)
Helen Maxine Lamond Reddy (born 25 October 1941) is an Australian singer, actress, and activist. In the 1970s, she enjoyed international success, especially in the United States, where she placed 15 singles in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. Six made the Top 10 and three reached No. 1, including her signature hit "I Am Woman". She is often referred to as the "Queen of '70s Pop."
Reddy placed 25 songs on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart; 15 made the Top 10 and eight reached No. 1, six consecutively. In 1974, at the inaugural American Music Awards, she became the first artist to win the award for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist. She was the first Australian to have three No. 1 hits in the same year. In television, she was the first Australian to host her own one-hour weekly primetime variety show on an American network, along with several specials that were seen in more than 40 countries.
Reddy retired from live performance in 2002, returned to university in Australia and earned her degree, and practiced as a clinical hypnotherapist and motivational speaker. In 2011, after singing "Breezin' Along With the Breeze" with her sister, Toni Lamond, for Toni's birthday, she decided to return to live performing.
Her song "I Am Woman" played a large role in popular culture and became an anthem for second-wave feminism. She came to be known as a "feminist poster girl" or a "feminist icon." In 2011, Billboard named her the No. 28 adult contemporary artist of all time (No. 9 woman).
Political service, citizenship
Reddy became a naturalised American citizen in 1974, subsequently availing herself of the opportunity to maintain dual American/Australian citizenship when the opportunity was made available. "I feel like I'd like to have a cup of tea and a good cry," Reddy said after the ceremony.
Reddy has been active in community affairs; in the 1970s she helped raise millions of dollars for Democratic political candidates. In 1978, California Governor Jerry Brown appointed Reddy to the nine-member commission overseeing the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Her nomination was unanimously approved. She served on the commission for three years.
Reddy is an enthusiastic genealogist; she has researched her family's history extensively and founded the Tasmanian Genealogical Society. “Genealogy is addictive; it begins as an interest, becomes a hobby, then a passion, and finally an obsession. Not only with each generation uncovered does the number of people to investigate double but so too does the desire to understand the forces that shaped them,” she writes in her autobiography.
At 20, Helen married Kenneth Claude Weate, a considerably older musician and family friend whom she says she wed to defy her parents, who wished her to follow them into show business. The couple separated not long after the birth of their daughter, Traci.
In 1968, she married Jeff Wald, a native of The Bronx. She converted to Judaism before marrying Wald, with whom she had a son, Jordan Sommers, born in 1972.
In a 1975 People interview, Reddy admitted that her relationship with then-husband and manager Wald was volatile with the couple having "huge, healthy fights" but that she owed her success—she was then the world's most successful female vocalist for two years running—to Wald: "He runs it all. Naturally when the moment of performance comes I have to deliver—but everything else is him. It's not my career; it's our career."
By 2 January 1981, Reddy and Wald had separated and he had moved into a Beverly Hills rehab facility to treat an eight-year cocaine addiction, a $100,000 a year habit. Reddy subsequently filed for divorce, yet withdrew her petition the day after filing it, stating: "After thirteen years of marriage, a separation of one month is too short to make a decision." In 1982, after finding evidence of Wald's continued substance abuse, Reddy again separated from him and initiated divorce proceedings, which this time went through in January 1983. They agreed to shared custody of their son Jordan, but later became embroiled in a court battle after both filed for sole custody. Her son later changed his name to Jordan Sommers and became her assistant.
In June 1983 she married Milton Ruth, a drummer in her band; the couple divorced in 1995.
In 1979, the Supersisters trading card set was produced and distributed; one of the cards featured Reddy's name and picture.