Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer Synopsis
Jazz singer Anita O'Day survives drug addiction and alcoholism to become a music legend.
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The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
How was this careless, self-destructive human rhythm machine able to outlast almost all her peers? Maybe the vitality of the jazz she made...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
There's real joy in O'Day's eyes - and larynx - as she bobs and weaves through an amazing songbook.
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Chicago Tribune

Swinging gleefully on a sun-soaked afternoon, crafting strangely intoxicating phrases, O’Day could do no wrong on that afternoon at the...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Here was a great artist. She enjoyed her life. She didn't complain at the time, she didn't complain when she went cold turkey, she didn't...
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San Francisco Chronicle

A loving biographical tribute.
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
A high point shows O'Day, in a black-and-white hat and form-fitting dress, singing "Sweet Georgia Brown" at the Newport Jazz Festival. That...
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The Hollywood Reporter

An engaging if less than revelatory documentary.
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Village Voice

A good deal livelier than the usual music-doc embalming.
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By Dennis Harvey
Force of personality and terrific vintage performance clips make a keeper of Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer.
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Offers what her fans came to expect from the "Jezebel of Jazz": great music.
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This film rocks...

By Oliverthecat
It is an amazing trip with Anita and her fantastic life and music...really well made film. Superb combination of edits and graphics that really match the art work that made that generation of jazz...

This is a really great doc. She was incredible.

By mickeysweeth
Anita is the coolest. I really loved this film. I am going to see it again. A+...

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By dekehl
I highly recommend this documentary. I saw it in NY after reading the NYTimes rave review. I didn't know much about Ms. O'Day before seeing the film and was mesmerized by her candid personality, her...