Helen Reddy, who shot to stardom in the 1970s with her rousing feminist anthem “I Am Woman” has died. Her song has served as an empowering feminist anthem for several generations. Her children, Traci Donat and Jordan Sommers, confirmed the news via her official Facebook page on Tuesday. Helen Reddy was 78 years old.
Statement from Traci and JordanIt is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Helen…
Reddy’s death comes less than three weeks after the release of a biopic about her life called “I Am Woman.” The film’s director, Unjoo Moon, said the film resulted in a seven-year friendship with Reddy.
Helen Reddy Dead At The Age Of 78
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Reddy grew up in a show-biz family with actor parents. Reddy was part of a show-business family in Melbourne. She performed as a child. ‘I Am Woman” singer win a contest and launch her recording career. Though that situation did not materialize, she chose to remain in the U.S. and signed to Capitol Records.
In 1973 she won the best female vocal pop performance Grammy Award for “I Am Woman”. She quickly thanking her then-husband and others in her acceptance speech. Reddy cemented her status as a symbol of the women’s liberation movement when she thanked “God because She makes everything possible.”
After that, Reddy became a naturalized United States citizen and became an activist supporting Democratic politicians. She was appointed by California governor Jerry Brown to the California Department of Parks and Recreation and served for three years.
In 2002, Reddy left the entertainment sphere to get a degree in clinical hypnotherapy. For the next decade, she lived under the radar in Sydney before returning to show business in 2012. 5 years later, she performed “I Am Woman” at a Women’s March in Los Angeles, singing alongside actor Jamie Lee Curtis.