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article imageJazz singer Abbey Lincoln dead at 80

By Mary Keshishian     Aug 15, 2010 in Entertainment
New York - Abbey Lincoln, a jazz vocalist, songwriter, actress and activist, died on Saturday at age 80 in New York City, August 24.
Abbey Lincoln was born Anna Marie Wooldridge, August 6, 1930.
She had been in precarious health since having open-heart surgery in 2007, but the precise cause of death could not be learned.
Ms. Lincoln found early fame as a sex-kitten supper-club singer and made a cameo appearance in the campy 1956 teen film "The Girl Can't Help It," starring Jayne Mansfield. After meeting and later marrying jazz drummer Max Roach, she became one of the first entertainers to make civil rights and racial pride an overt cause.
She was a noted film actress in the 1960's, then retreated to obscurity before staging a remarkable comeback in the 1990's as a singer, songwriter and spiritual elder.
She had received a Global Globe nomination in 1986 for her film, co-starring with Sydney Poitier, "For Love Of Ivy." say sources on CNN.
She drew inspiration from one of her idols, Billie Holiday.
I learned from Billie," she quoted. "It isn't about showing how good your voice is. It's about saying something.
Unlike many jazz singers, Ms. Lincoln indulged in little improvisation or scatting, the singing of wordless syllables in rapid sequence.
You know, when everything is finished in a world, the people go to look for what the artists leave. -Abby Lincoln
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