O'Day, Anita

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O'Day, Anita Gender: F
Colton, Anita Lena
born on 18 October 1919 at 08:13 (= 08:13 AM )
Place Chicago IL, USA, 41n51, 87w39
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Wilsons
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 24°09' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 23°38 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 17°59'


American singer, a dazzling jazz performer for 56 years as of 1990. With a chaotic personal life, she survived a 14-year addiction to heroin, two prison terms for possession, a nervous breakdown, alcoholism, a rape, several abortions and two failed marriages. In 1981 she published her autobiography "High Times Hard Times."

O'Day had an unpleasant childhood with family fights and a father who left them. She began as a dancer and burlesque singer, a pro by the time she was 19. She loved her early fame, singing with big bands, the money and acclaim, the high-life with ample drugs and available men.

She appeared in three feature films including "The Gene Krupa Story," 1959.

When she survived an overdose on 3/04/1966, O'Day quit drugs cold turkey. She married in 1937, and a second time in 1943 for 12 years. By 1990 she was living in the desert community of San Jacinto, CA, still enjoying her drink but drug-free.

On 12/18/1996, she had surgery on her right arm to repair multiple fractures caused by a fall at home.

The jazz vocalist died on November 23, 2006 in Los Angeles, age 87. She had been battling pneumonia though the immediate cause of death was not given.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1981 (High Times Hard Times)
  • Health : Accident (Non-fatal) 18 December 1996 (Broke arm, fall at home)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Mental Health : End Addiction 4 March 1966 (Survived O.D., quit drugs)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Death, Cause unspecified 23 November 2006 (In Los Angeles, age 87)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Health : Medical diagnosis 2006 (Pneumonia)

Source Notes

B.C. in hand from the Wilsons


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc. (Jazz)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Drugs (Heroin for 14 years)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (Two)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol (Heavy)
  • Passions : Criminal Victim : Rape/ Sex crime victim (Rape victim)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Prison sentence (Two jail terms for drug possession)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Nervous Breakdown
  • Family : Parenting : Birthing - Miscarriages (Several abortions)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Dancer/ Teacher (Burlesque)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Accident/Injury (Fell, broke arm)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women
  • Family : Childhood : Disadvantaged (Fights, dad left)
  • Family : Childhood : Parent, Single or Step (Dad abandoned family)
  • Vocation : Sex Business : Exotic Dancers (Burlesque)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Night Club/ Vaudeville (Club circuit)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Pneumonia