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Anita O'Day
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    (October 18, 1919-November 23, 2006)
    Born in Chicago, Illinois
    Died in West Hollywood, California at 87
    Published the autobiography 'High Times, Hard Times (1981)'
    She left home at 12.
    She was nicknamed the 'Jezebel of Jazz' for her hard-living lifestyle.
    She battled alcoholism for decades.
    She was sentenced to six months in jail for heroin possession (1953).
    She almost died from a heroin overdose (1968).
    Her first marriage was annulled and her second ended in divorce.
    A botched tonsillectomy caused her the inability of vibrato.
    In 1941, she was named 'New Star of the Year' by Down Beat Magazine.
    She spoke openly of her struggles with alcohol and drugs.
    She continued to perform just months prior to her death.

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