Abbey Lincoln

Abbey Lincoln

Birth
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 14 Aug 2010 (aged 80)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered
Memorial ID 57053447 · View Source
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Entertainer. Born Anna Marie Wooldridge, the tenth of twelve children, she was raised in a rural part of Michigan. She began her career as a vocalist, initially performing in school and church choirs, before winning an amateur contest at age 19. She then ventured west to find career opportunities, first in Honolulu, before settling in Hollywood in 1954. Under the guidance of lyricist Bob Russell (who would manage her), she changed her name to Abbey Lincoln, and became a renown interpreter of jazz, making her record debut with "Abbey Lincoln's Affair...A Story of a Girl in Love" (1955), followed by "That's Him" (1957), and her first film appearance in the picture "The Girl Can't Help It" (1956). She would establish a successful collaboration with musicians Sonny Rollins and Max Roach (whom she later married in 1962, divorcing in 1970). In 1960, the acclaimed civil rights-themed recording "We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite" was released, as she became a passionate civil rights advocate. More substantial acting roles were found during the decade in the pictures "Nothing But a Man" (1964) and "For Love of Ivy" (1968), earning her a Golden Globe nomination for the later. During the 1970s she began composing songs in addition to continuing a busy career as a recording artist; she settled in New York City during the 1980s and remained active with new material until shortly before her death.

Bio by: C.S.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 14 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 57053447
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Abbey Lincoln (6 Aug 1930–14 Aug 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 57053447, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered.