Jazz singer, actress and civil rights advocate Abbey Lincoln died yesterday at age 80. I only recently got into Ms. Lincoln's music but I've been a fan of her film acting for a while. The first film I saw her in was, "Nothing But A Man" (1964) with Ivan Dixon. As well she starred in the film, "For Love of Ivy" (1968) with Sidney Poitier.
She also did a lot of television work in the 70's and such as guest appearances on, "All in the Family", "Marcus Welby, MD" and, "Mission Impossible".
But Abbey Lincoln was primarily known as one of the great jazz singers of all-time. Ms. Lincoln leaves us with some of the greatest jazz vocals ever recorded.
Anna Marie Wooldridge in a 1956 Jet Magazine appearance before she became professionally known as Abbey Lincoln
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