• Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer (2008)

Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Here was a great artist. She enjoyed her life. She didn't complain at the time, she didn't complain when she went cold turkey, she didn't complain in her 80s. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    An engaging if less than revelatory documentary. show more

  • 88
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    There's real joy in O'Day's eyes - and larynx - as she bobs and weaves through an amazing songbook. show more

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