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Helen Reddy 10 Personal Facts, Biography, Wiki
Born: October 25, 1941, Melbourne, Australia
Died: September 29, 2020, Los Angeles, California, United States
Spouse: Milton Ruth (m. 1983–1995), Jeff Wald (m. 1966–1983), Kenneth Weate (m. 1961–1966)
Children: Traci Wald Donat, Jordan Sommers
Celebrated Name Helen Reddy
Age 79 Years
Nick Name Helen Reddy
Birth Name Helen Maxine Lamond Reddy
Birth Date 1941-10-25
Place Of Birth Melbourne
Birth Nation Australia
Father Maxwell David Reddy
Mother Stella Campbell
Sisters Toni Lamond (Half sister)
Education Tintern Grammar
Awards Grammy Award for “I Am Woman”
Marital Status Married
Husband Kenneth Claude Weate, Jeff Wald, Milton Ruth
Children Traci, Jordan
Source of Wealth Singing Career
Hair Color Blonde
Body Build/Type Slim
Eye Color Blue
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Reddy became a naturalized American citizen in 1974, saying after the ceremony, “I feel like I’d like to have a cup of tea and a good cry.”
She resumed her Australian citizenship subsequently, when the opportunity to maintain dual American–Australian citizenship became available.
Reddy was active in community affairs:
In the 1970s, she helped raise millions of dollars for Democratic political candidates.
In July 1977, California Governor Jerry Brown appointed Reddy to the nine-member commission overseeing the California Department of Parks and Recreation.
Her nomination was unanimously approved. She served on the commission until 1980.
Three of Reddy’s forebears left Ireland and went to Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
A distant cousin, New Zealand Governor-General Patsy Reddy, is descended from their mutual New Zealand forebear.
Reddy was an enthusiastic genealogist; she researched her family’s history extensively and founded the Tasmanian Genealogical Society.
“Genealogy is addictive; it begins as an interest, becomes a hobby, then a passion, and finally an obsession.
Not only with each generation uncovered does the number of people to investigate double, but so too does the desire to understand the forces that shaped them,” she wrote in her autobiography.
Reddy was once asked in an interview whether her name had any connection to the Reddy caste from India.
Her response was: “I have done some research on my father’s side; most of my research has been done on my mother’s side.
His father was born in Ireland, but his great-grandfather served with an Irish regiment stationed in India, so it is possible that I have Indian ancestry.
But it has not yet been established.”
At age 20, Helen married Kenneth Claude Weate, an older musician and family friend whom she says she wed to defy her parents, who wished her to follow them into show business.
The couple separated not long after the birth of their daughter, Traci.
In 1968, she married Jeff Wald, a native of the Bronx.
She converted to Judaism before marrying Wald, with whom she had a son, Jordan, born in 1972.
In a 1975 People interview, Reddy admitted that her relationship with then-husband and manager Wald was volatile, with the couple having “huge, healthy fights”, but that she owed her success (she was then the world’s biggest-selling female vocalist for two consecutive years) to Wald:
“He runs it all. Naturally, when the moment of performance comes I have to deliver – but everything else is him.
It’s not my career; it’s our career.”
By 2 January 1981, Reddy and Wald had separated and he had moved into a Beverly Hills treatment facility to overcome an eight-year cocaine addiction, a US$100,000-per-year habit (US$264,931 in 2019).
Reddy subsequently filed for divorce, yet withdrew her petition the day after filing it, stating:
“After 13 years of marriage, a separation of one month is too short to make a decision.”
In 1982, after finding evidence of Wald’s continued substance abuse, Reddy again separated from him and initiated divorce proceedings, which this time went through in January 1983.
They agreed to shared custody of their son Jordan, but later became embroiled in a court battle after both filed for sole custody.
Her son later changed his surname to Sommers and became her assistant.
In June 1983, she married Milton Ruth, a drummer in her band; the couple divorced in 1995.
Reddy died on 29 September 2020 in Los Angeles, aged 78. She suffered from Addison’s disease and dementia in her later years.
No cause was given.