Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer

Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer

90 mins | Documentary | April 30, 2007

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. Initial release: 30 April 2007

Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer

90 mins | Documentary | April 30, 2007

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. Initial release: 30 April 2007
IMDb rating 8.0
Producers
Original title Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer
Directors Ian McCrudden, Robbie Cavolina
Writers

Cast

Anita O'Day

as Herself

Buddy Bregman

as Himself

Leonard Feather

as Himself

Will Friedwald

as Himself

Johnny Mandel

as Himself

Annie Ross

as Herself

George Wein

as Himself

Margaret Whiting

as Herself

Gerald Wilson

as Himself