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Judy Collins

Judy Collins (born May 1, 1939 in Seattle, Washington), American folk singer. Classically trained, she turned to folk music at the age of sixteen, eventually making her way to Greenwich Village, New York City, where she played in clubs until she was signed by Elektra Records. At first she sang traditional folk songs, or songs written by others, but with her album Wildflowers she began to record her own compositions, of which the first was Since You've Asked.

Judy Collins won a Grammy award in 1968 for Both Sides Now. She was nominated with Jill Godmillow for an Academy Award for the documentary Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman, about her classical piano teacher conductor Antonia Brico.

Judy Collins 3 and 4, a CD of her third and fourth albums, and Judy Collins Wildflower Festival DVD with guest artists Eric Andersen, Arlo Guthrie, and Tom Rush, were recently released by her own recording label Wildflower Records.

Like other folk singers of her generation, Collins was drawn to social activism. She is a representative for UNICEF and campaigns on behalf of the abolition of landmines.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Judy Collins Facts

OccupationMusician, Actress
BirthdayMay 1, 1939 (82)
BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, USA

Selected Filmography

Love Letter To Sondheim
Judy Collins: Live In Ireland
For the Love of the Music: The Club 47 Folk Revival
Judy Collins: Christmas At The Biltmore Estate
Final Option
Christmas From Hollywood
Fierce Goodbye
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