Anita O'Day: The Life of A Jazz Singer

Not Yet Rated| 1 hr. 33 min.

Plot Summary
This documentary explores the life of jazz singer Anita O'Day. As a child, Anita had a tonsillectomy, during which her uvula was accidentally removed. The surgery prevents her from singing vibrato and holding long notes, but lends to her much-revered percussive style. Anita overcomes her vocal hurdle, as well as many others -- including poverty, heroin addiction and jail time for a drug arrest -- to become one of the most prolific and respected jazz vocalists of the 20th century.


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Genres: Documentary

Anita O'Day: The Life of A Jazz Singer (2007)

Release Date: August 15th, 2008|1 hr. 33 min.

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  • November 12, 2008 PJD1OF3
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    This is an exceptional documentary. I had never heard of Anita O'Day but was intrigued after reading the review in the NYTimes - was one of Stephen Holden's critic's picks. I was mesmerized and inspired by the life she lived. She was a true survivor in every sense of the word. The film was wonderfully made, the graphics and the music which accompanied Ms. O'Day's candid interviews really gave you a feel for the era. The film flew by and the performances left you wanting more.

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