'I Am Woman' singer Helen Reddy dies

Lawrence Kim
September 30, 2020

A performer since childhood, Reddy was part of a show-business family in Melbourne. Her signature anthem "I Am Woman" even reached number one in 1971. Our hearts are broken. But we take comfort in the knowledge that her voice will live on forever": "Helen's family announced the news on Wednesday.

In a 2012 interview with The Associated Press, Reddy cited the very big success of I Am Woman as one of the reasons she stepped out of public life.

The music legend - known for her feminist anthem I Am Woman - was 78.

Reddy also made waves on screen, starring in her own weekly television variety program, The Helen Reddy Show. She also starred in Disney's Pete Dragon, in which she sang the Oscar-nominated "Candle On the Water". Her mother was an actress, and her father was a writer, producer, and actor.

A performer as a child, Reddy moved to NY in 1966 after winning Bandstand but when that opportunity didn't pan out, she remained in the US. When she arrived, with only $200 to her name and a return ticket to Australia, she was told that the prize was only a chance to audition - and Mercury did not wish to record a single with her.

'When I first met Helen Reddy she told me that I would be in her life for many years. The couple relocated to Los Angeles in 1969, and Wald eventually began to find success as a manager for musical groups. She won a contest that brought her to the United States and launched her recording career, although she first had to overcome ideas about her sound. What followed was an incredible seven-year friendship during which she entrusted me with telling her story in a film that celebrates her life, her talents and her wonderful legacy, ' Moon said of working on Reddy's only authorised biopic. Though that situation did not materialize, she chose to remain in the US and signed to Capitol Records.

It was there that she signed to Capitol and released her defining song, "I Am Woman", which she cowrote with Ray Burton. She paved the way for so many and the lyrics that she wrote for I am Woman changed my life forever like they have done for so many other people and will continue to do for generations to come. She found a second career as a practicing clinical hypnotherapist.

"And I thought, 'Well, I'm part of history now".

Reddy will forever be remembered for I Am Woman, which remains a rallying cry for women around the world.

Her cause of death has not been confirmed, however since her dementia diagnosis in 2015 Reddy had been living in a nursing home in LA for retired Hollywood talent.

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