Annie Ross, an internationally acclaimed jazz singer and actress, died Tuesday of emphysema and coronary heart illness. She was 89.
Born Annabelle Allan Brief on July 25, 1930 in London, Ross was the daughter of Scottish vaudevillians, and already had expertise singing, performing and with life on the street by age 4, when her household moved to America.
“My mum and pop wished me to be a star,” Ross once said. “They used to name me the Scottish Shirley Temple.”
Ross grew up in Hollywood, showing in a 1937 quick movie, taking part in Judy Garland’s child sister within the 1943 flick “Presenting Lily Mars.” She went on to play roles in two 1980s movies — “Superman III,” and “Throw Momma From the Prepare” — and the 1993 Robert Altman comedy-drama “Brief Cuts.”
She’s higher recognized, although, for her jazz world credentials and rocky private life.
In 1957, Ross and the singers Dave Lambert and Jon Hendricks shaped a trio and have become innovators of multitrack recordings with their massively well-liked vocal album “Sing a Music of Basie.” The group went on to win a Grammy Award in 1962 for his or her album “Excessive Flying” — and is usually described as “the best jazz vocal group that ever was,” The Washington Post reports.
Ross was additionally a songwriter, and composed the lyrics to the track “Twisted” in 1960 when she was 22 years previous. The jazz vocalese monitor has been lined by artists together with Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler.
By 1962, Ross’ heroin habit and troubled relationship with comic Lenny Bruce had consumed her life, and he or she left the group.
Briefly, Ross was married to actor Sean Lynch, and collectively they ran a London cabaret earlier than divorcing, Lynch dying in a automobile wreck, and Ross declaring chapter. Ross then went on to reunite with Hendricks within the ’80s, periodically performing with him via the tip of the 20th century as she additionally scrounged collectively different leisure gigs.
In 2006, “Twisted: The Annie Ross Story,” a play about her life, named for the lyrics she wrote to a bebop tune at age 22, premiered in London.
In accordance with her former supervisor, Jim Coleman, Ross died at dwelling in Manhattan. She is survived by her son, Kenny Clarke Jr.