Jean Ritchie

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Born: 12/08/1922 in Viper, Kentucky, USA

Filmography

Actor (4)

Mountain Born: The Jean Ritchie Story 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

America's Music: The Roots of Country 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Next of Kin 1989 (Movie)

Charlene (Actor)
Other (1)

Focus 2001 (Movie)

(Driver)

Relationships

George Pickow Cinematographer

Husband

EDUCATION

University of Kentucky

Milestones

2002

Received the National Endowment For The Arts National Heritage Fellowship.

1977

Won the Rolling Stone Critics Award for her album "None But One."

1952

Signed to Elektra Records and released her first album, "Jean Ritchie Sings."

1952

Received a Fulbright Scholarship to collect folk songs in Britain and Ireland.

1948

Performed at New York's Spring Fever Hootenanny with Woody Guthrie and The Weavers.

Bonus Trivia

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Family was considered one of the great ballad-singing families of Kentucky.

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First learned to play her signature instrument the lap dulcimer by secretly playing her father's when she was a child, though she and her siblings had been forbidden to touch it.

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Shared a single room with nine of her sisters while growing up in Kentucky.

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Worked as an elementary school teacher during World War II.

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Moved to New York to work for the Henry Street Settlement as a social worker in the late-'40s, where she befriended folk artists like Pete Seeger and Lead Belly.

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