American-Australian singer and Grammy-Award winner Helen Reddy was recently confirmed deceased at age 78 by a legitimate source. The singer climbed up the ladder as a vibrant and robust feminist after releasing her hit single titled “I Am Woman.”
A shocking post from her official Facebook fan page by her daughter and son confirmed that the singer was no more, and fans’ hearts have been sober ever since.
In the post, they wrote that they were deeply saddened to announce their mother’s passing, who was before her death a “formidable woman, wonderful mother, and grandmother.” They also added that they would “take solace in the knowledge that Reddy’s voice lives forever.”
In a Twitter post, Reddy’s ex-husband, Jeff Wald, also confirmed the news with a telling caption. He wrote that he was sorrowful to announce his first wife’s death and added that Reddy had her last moments with her daughter Traci under the care of “Motion & Television Home.”
In the 60s, young Reddy, freshly divorced with a young child, moved to New York City after she won a competition in her native home, Australia. Soon after, she landed a record deal in 1971, reaching the U.S. top 20 with her lyrics on “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” from Jesus Christ Superstar.
‘I Make Everything Possible’
The debut album, “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” featured a song she co-wrote titled “I Am Woman,” which symbolized her interest in the feminist movement and female empowerment.
The song was re-circulated in 1972 then became the No. 1 hit and an anthem for the feminist movement.
Reddy was the pioneer Australian-born American artist with a No. 1 hit song in the U.S and the very first to win a Grammy Award. During her famous acceptance speech for best female pop, rock, or folk vocal performance for “I Am Woman” in 1973, Reddy thanked her record label, her husband, and God and pointedly said, “She makes everything possible.”
A Woman Of Many Talents
Reddy was not a one-time hitmaker as she had several memorable songs including “Angie Baby,” “You and Me Against the World,” “Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady,” and “Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress).”
She also had a TV and movie career, hosted her variety show, and served as the semi-regular host of NBC’s “The Midnight Special.”
Reddy also became a Disney movie star when she starred in the Disney film “Pete’s Dragon,” and was a guest on numerous TV shows including “The Love Boat,” “The Jeffersons,” “Diagnosis: Murder” and was even on the “Family Guy.”
The Life Of Helen Reddy
Reddy’s last public appearance was at the Los Angeles Women’s March in January 2017. The music icon was introduced by Jamie Lee Curtis and sang the acapella version of “I Am Woman.”
The biopic of the song “I Am Woman” told the story of an Australian native’s rise to fame as a singer and was made mainstream on September 11.
The movie stars include Tilda Cobham-Hervey as Reddy, Evan Peters as Jeff Wald, her second husband, manager, and Danielle MacDonald as the Australian rock journalist and friend Lillian Roxon.