Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer Poster

Release Date: August 15th, 2008

DVD Release Date: July 21st, 2009

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.

Director: Robbie Cavolina, Ian McCrudden

Genres: Documentary

Keywords: Underdog, 1960s, 1970s, Engaging, 1980s, 1990s, Friend, Inspiring, 2000s, Rise

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