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REDDY, Helen

(b 4 Oct. '42, Melbourne, Australia) Singer. A favourite on FM radio while pop music went through a sedate period, she had 14 top 40 hits in USA '71-7. From show business family, made stage debut age four, left school at 15; work with travelling show led to TV series; won a talent contest '66 and the prize was a trip to the USA. Met booking agent Jerry Wald NYC, married him; had TV exposure; first top 20 hit was "I Don't Know How To Love Him' from Jesus Christ Superstar. Her own composition "I Am Woman' made no. 1 '72 (adopted by the burgeoning women's movement); other chart- toppers were "Delta Dawn' '73, "Angie Baby' '74. Top 20 LPs I am Woman '72, Long Hard Climb '73, Love Song For Jeffrey and Free And Easy '74, No Way To Treat A Lady (and Greatest Hits) '75, Music, Music '76. LP Ear Candy '77 might have been named after FM programming she was (perhaps unfairly) identified with; Lust For Life was on Pair '86. As hits stopped she also worked as a TV actress. Heard on film soundtrack Pete's Dragon '77.