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Robbie Cavolina (co-director)
Ian McCrudden (co-director)
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A tribute to jazz diva Anita O'Day, completed just weeks before her death in November 2006. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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 (From The Hollywood Interview. 14 July 2009, 12:00 PM, PDT)

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100 % on rotten tomatoes for 2 years! See more (10 total) »


  (in credits order)
Anita O'Day ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Louis Armstrong ... Himself (archive footage)

Buddy Bregman ... Himself

Dick Cavett ... Himself (archive footage)
Leonard Feather ... Himself
Will Friedwald ... Himself
Russell Garcia ... Himself (as Russ Garcia)
Willis Holman ... Himself (as Bill Holman)
Eddie Locke ... Himself
Johnny Mandel ... Himself

John Cameron Mitchell ... Himself
John Poole ... Himself (archive footage)
Denny Roach ... Himself

Annie Ross ... Herself
Billy Taylor ... Himself
George Wein ... Himself

Margaret Whiting ... Herself
Joe Wilder ... Himself
Gerald Wilson ... Himself

Directed by
Robbie Cavolina (co-director)
Ian McCrudden (co-director)
Writing credits
Robbie Cavolina  and
Ian McCrudden 

Produced by
Robbie Cavolina .... producer
Melissa Davis .... producer
Ian McCrudden .... producer
Nancy Fields O'Connor .... executive producer
Film Editing by
Robbie Cavolina 
Ian McCrudden 
Art Direction by
Robbie Cavolina 
Editorial Department
Jason Fabbro .... digital intermediate colorist
Marc Jozefowicz .... assistant editor
Gene Mendoza .... color timer
Other crew
Alan Eichler .... film footage
Sara Monacelli .... sales promotion manager

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USA:90 min

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First-ever feature documentary on the life of legendary jazz vocalist Anita O'Day.See more »
Factual errors: In one of the interview clips, Anita O'Day says that composer-arranger Gary McFarland died soon after the release of the album they made together, "All the Sad Young Men." McFarland actually lived another 10 years after the 1961 release of his record with O'Day, and died on November 2, 1971.See more »
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Features Jazz on a Summer's Day (1959)See more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
100 % on rotten tomatoes for 2 years!, 11 December 2008
Author: mickeysweeth from United States

Hi, I learned so much about Anita that is not available anywhere else. I disagree with the comment prior to mine. I saw this film at the Tribeca Festival and then again when it opened Aug 08. This film is truly one of the best docs I have ever seen. It is fantastic and opened my eyes and ears to one of this country's national treasures. I have not seen any other footage of Anita before I saw this. I have looked and could not find anything out on her. Except the 30 seconds clips on her web page. This docs shows her in all of her incredible splendor and humor. She is feisty and honest and just plain cool. So Rotten Tomatoes gives her 100% since the Tribeca opening, pretty impressive and finally a film that really matches the critical acclaim.

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