One of the most popular mainstream singers of the 1970s, Helen Reddy transcended simple stardom with her 1972 signature song “I Am Woman,” which became an iconic expression of the women’s liberation movement.
Born into a prominent Australian show-business family, Reddy began performing when she was 4. After moving to the U.S. and settling in Los Angeles, she was signed by Capitol Records. The Grammy-winning “I Am Woman” was the first of three No. 1 records (“Delta Dawn” and “Angie Baby” were the others), and her recording success led to a summer variety TV show in 1973 as well as several guest appearances as a singer and an actress.
Her films include “Pete’s Dragon” and “Airport ’75,” and she performed on stage in such musicals as “Shirley Valentine” and “Blood Brothers.”
Reddy, who has Addison’s disease, retired from performing in 2002 and became a clinical hypnotherapist and motivational speaker in Sydney, Australia.