Helen Reddy (born October 25, 1941 in Melbourne, Australia) is a pop singer and actress. Reddy was immensely successful as a singer in the 1970s with numerous hit records including three U.S. #1 singles. She has sold more than 15 million albums and 10 million singles, and was the first Australian-born performer to win a Grammy award. In 1974, she became a naturalized citizen of the United States.
Reddy was born into a well-known Australian show business family—her parents, well-known performers on the Australian vaudeville circuit, were actress and singer Stella Lamond and writer-actor-comedian Max Reddy; her older sister is actress-singer Toni Lamond; and her nephew is actor-singer Tony Sheldon.
Reddy began performing on stage with her parents at four years of age. In her late teens she was briefly married an older musician, with whom she had a daughter, Traci, but they divorced soon afterwards. After beginning her career in radio and television in Australia, she won a talent contest on the Australian pop music TV show Bandstand which enabled her to move to the United States in 1966. Settling initially in New York, she met Jeff Wald, then an agent with the William Morris Agency; the couple began living together four days later and she and Wald (who became her manager) subsequently married.
After a stint in Chicago, the family moved to Los Angeles, California where Reddy tried to established herself as a recording artist. Twenty-seven labels rejected her before she was ...