Helen Reddy est une Actrice Australienne née le 25 octobre 1941 à Melbourne (Australie)
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Nom de naissance Helen Maxine Lamond ReddyNationalité AustralieNaissance 25 octobre 1941
à Melbourne (Australie
)Mort 29 septembre 2020
(à 78 ans)
Helen Reddy est une chanteuse, actrice et militante féministe australienne, née le 25 octobre 1941 à Melbourne.
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.
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