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Anita O'Day
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Strength of Human Spirit

Much has been written about the human spirit in times of stress, distress, tragedy, and catastrophe. Somehow, many humans are able to reach within themselves and draw upon reserved of strength to not simply endure, but, indeed, to triumph. If Anita O'Day has one personality trait that controls her behavior, it is strength of spirit. From early childhood, she exhibits a tenacity of will that she will use to pursue her goals, whether to have a bike, to drop out of school, to pursue singing, or to develop a vocal style that is both unique and respected. Her quests are marred by poor choices, including substance abuse, promiscuity, abortions, unhealthy relationships and, above all, impulsivity. Through all of these, however, Anita exhibits a strength of spirit that drives her to overcome and to move forward in her career. She sings with some of the biggest...

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