Odetta

Actress-musician Odetta made a splash in Hollywood both on and off-screen. Odetta began her acting career in film, appearing in such titles as the Lee Remick dramatic adaptation "Sanctuary" (1961) and "Chords of Fame" ... Read more »
Born: 12/31/1930 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Filmography

Actor (15)

Blues Divas 2014 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie 2010 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Lightning in a Bottle 2004 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack 2000 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Festival 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Peter, Paul & Mary: Lifelines 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ark of the Spirit With Avery Brooks 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Troubadours of Folk Music 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Songs of Freedom 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Night of Music: A Global Celebration 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Chords of Fame 1983 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sanctuary 1961 (Movie)

Nancy (Actor)

The Fire Next Time (TV Show)

Actor
Music (4)

Mississippi Grind 2015 (Movie)

("Go Down Sunshine") (Song Performer)

Everything Must Go 2011 (Movie)

"Baby I'm In The Mood For You" (Song Performer)

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Song

The Gospel According to St. Matthew 1966 (Movie)

("Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child") (Song Performer)

Biography

Actress-musician Odetta made a splash in Hollywood both on and off-screen. Odetta began her acting career in film, appearing in such titles as the Lee Remick dramatic adaptation "Sanctuary" (1961) and "Chords of Fame" (1984) with Bill Burnett. She had an early role on the television special "The Night of Music: A Global Celebration" (PBS, 1986-87). She also appeared in the TV movie "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" (CBS, 1973-74). Odetta also contributed music to the dramatic adaptation "The Gospel According to St. Matthew" (1966) with Enrique Irazoqui and "James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket" (PBS, 1988-89). She also landed a role in the miniseries "The Fire Next Time" (1992-93). She also contributed to a variety of television specials, including "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade" (1989-1990), "Songs of Freedom" (PBS, 1991-92) and "Troubadours of Folk Music" (PBS, 1993-94). She also appeared in "Peter, Paul & Mary: Lifelines" (PBS, 1995-96) and "The Ark of the Spirit With Avery Brooks" (TBS, 1995-96). In more recent years, Odetta had roles in "Festival" (1998) with Joan Baez, the documentary "The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack" (2000) with Kris Kristofferson and the documentary "Lightning in a Bottle" (2004) with Aerosmith. She also appeared in the Wavy Gravy documentary "Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie" (2010). Odetta's music was most recently used in the Ryan Reynolds drama "Mississippi Grind" (2015). Odetta also contributed music to "Everything Must Go" (2011) and "Selma" (2014). Odetta passed away in December 2008 at the age of 78.

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