Helen Reddy talks feminism, her comeback and the enduring appeal of 'I Am Woman'
For the past 10 years, Helen Reddy refused to roar. Instead, one of the most prominent pop stars of the 1970s — 15 Top 40 hits, three No. 1s — retired from song and returned to her native Australia, a homeland that still refuses, for better or worse, to treat her like a star. She became a hypnotherapist, hunkered in the shadows, lived frugally, alone. Her Grammy? Given away.
But in an unlikely comeback, the I Am Woman auteur and feminist icon has returned to the stage, playing two shows, Thursday and Saturday, at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. (Click here and here for details.)
So why the change of heart — especially at the age of 71?
"I got bored," Reddy says during an all parts fun, fiery phone chat. "I took 10 years off, and I needed something to do. I was getting these offers, so I said, hey, let's get back to work."
For more with Helen Reddy, click here for Sean Daly's interview.