Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer

Release Date:
Aug 15, 2008
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Robbie Cavolina, Ian McCrudden
Robbie Cavolina , Ian McCrudden , Melissa Davis , Nancy Fields O'Connor

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Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer

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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