10 Facts About Abbey Lincoln


Anna Marie Wooldridge, known professionally as Abbey Lincoln, was an American jazz vocalist, songwriter, and actress.

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Abbey Lincoln's was a civil rights activist beginning in the 1960s.

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Abbey Lincoln made a career out of delivering deeply felt presentations of standards as well as writing and singing her own material.

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In 2003, Abbey Lincoln received a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award.

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Abbey Lincoln's explored more philosophical themes during the later years of her songwriting career and remained professionally active until well into her seventies.

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Abbey Lincoln's often visited the Blue Note jazz club in New York City.

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In 1956 Abbey Lincoln appeared in The Girl Can't Help It, for which she wore a dress that had been worn by Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and interpreted the theme song, working with Benny Carter.

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Abbey Lincoln's appeared in Mission: Impossible, the telemovie Short Walk to Daylight (1972), Marcus Welby, M D (1974), and All in the Family (1978).

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Abbey Lincoln was married from 1962 to 1970 to drummer Max Roach, whose daughter from a previous marriage, Maxine, appeared on several of Abbey Lincoln's albums.

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Abbey Lincoln died on August 14, 2010, in Manhattan, eight days after her 80th birthday.

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