During a career spanning nearly four decades, Reddy released 18 studio albums, with eight hits number one on Billboard’s contemporary adult chart. She has also starred in films and musicals and made numerous television appearances. She announced her retirement in 2002, but subsequently made several live appearances.
Reddy was most closely associated with “I Am Woman” on her debut album in 1971. The song with a reference to “Hear me roar” celebrated the empowerment of women and made her an icon of the feminist movement.
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Reddy died just weeks after the release of a movie about her life called “I’m a Woman.”
The children of Reddy Tracy and Jordan announced that the actor-singer died on Tuesday in Los Angeles.
“She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and a really scary woman,” they said in a statement. “Our hearts are broken. But we take comfort in the knowledge that her voice will live forever.”
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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