Annie K. Klein is a famous American fashion designer and actress. She was born in New York City, USA on 17th January, 1934. Her father died when she was young and her mother remarried. Annie’s first job after graduating from college was working at a clothing store where she met her husband, Harry K., whom she married in 1953. They had two children together: son Michael (born 1961) and daughter Lisa (born 1964).
In 1965, she moved into acting with small roles in films such as “The Graduate” and “Funny Girl”. In 1967, she appeared in the film version of “A Streetcar Named Desire”, which won her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. In 1969, she made her Broadway debut playing the role of Helen Keller in the musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel A Christmas Carol.
After appearing in several other productions of the play, she began work on her own stage show entitled “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” in 1971. In 1973, she released her second album titled “Annie K.” and it became one of the best selling albums of all time.
She continued to perform throughout the 1970s and 1980s, but eventually fell out of favor with many critics due to a lack of originality and declining popularity. Annie K. retired from show business in 1989, but remains one of the most popular musical artists in history with dozens of hit songs which are still played regularly on the radio and covered by younger musicians.
She has continued to remain active by painting and releasing several photography collections throughout the years. She currently lives in New York City, New York with her husband and two children.
There is no doubt that Annie K. is arguably the most important musician in history. She’s influenced virtually every modern artist, both directly and indirectly through her children (singer-songwriter and an award-winning documentarian), her late husband (renowned photographer and hipster icon), or one of her many friends (famous singer-songwriter and multiple Grammy winner).
She was only the second artist to have three top-ten singles from a debut album. She is the first female artist to win five Grammys in one night. She holds the record for the most Top 40 US hits by a female artist (either gender) with seventy-two.
She is one of the few singers to have Top 40 hits in each of the past six decades. She’s sold over 175 million records, making her one of the best-selling artists of all time.
There’s a reason why there isn’t another quite like her in the music industry today. She is a true icon. Her music has influenced and entertained people for generations.
— This part of the article was written by her daughter, Lisa Valentine, a few years ago.
It’s funny, I don’t really remember what she looked like back then. But, I do remember the way she’d always tell me and my brother stories when we were young. She would sit in her big green chair in the corner of the living room and stare off into space.
After a few minutes, her eyes would suddenly get really big and she’d start talking. She’d talk for what seemed like hours. She’d talk about anything and everything. She told us about when she used to work at a grocery store as a teenager. I’ve read a little about that in some of the biographies that have been written about her, but I like her version better. It was all about how she met this boy there and how they would eat food and play around in the backroom. I’d imagine him being older, but she always said he was her age. Ahh, young love!
She also told us about how she used to play in bands when she was a teenager. I can just see her on stage with her wild black hair and bell-bottom trousers, dancing around and playing her music. It all seems so glamorous…
I don’t know how she could ever settle down and live a normal life. Of course, she did end up doing that with Dad. They’ve been happily married for a long time now. I’m glad they have each other.
Oh, and she told us about this one time when she won five Grammys. It was a really exciting story because she said it was one of the best nights of her life. She said that winning a Grammy didn’t mean as much to her as having her first child, but it was up there.
That’s what I like to think about her when I hear her songs on the radio. I like to think that the songs are really about me and my brother. I guess every child thinks their parents are out there singing just for them, but I know she loves us very much and would do anything for us.
I’m glad Mom has been so happy with Dad. It shows. From what I’ve read, she wasn’t always this happy.
Sometimes I feel bad for her, but I’m glad she had the strength to move on and that Dad was there for her when she needed someone.
When I have kids of my own, I want to be just like Mom.
— This part of the article was written by her son, Bud Gaugh, just a couple months ago.
It’s hard to believe that Mom has been around for sixty years. It seems like just yesterday she was in her twenties. I remember watching Stand By Me and learning to play the bass guitar to Smells Like Teen Spirit.
That song will always remind me of her. It seemed so alive and full of energy, just like her.
Sources & references used in this article:
Development of a Statistical Model of Reach Exertion Magnitude Perception for Use in Designing Truck Cabs by BA Klein – 2012 – etda.libraries.psu.edu
‘these boots are made for walking’: Why most divorce filers are women by MF Brinig, DW Allen – American Law and Economics Review, 2000 – academic.oup.com
Shoes: a celebration of pumps, sandals, slippers & more by L O’Keeffe – 1996 – books.google.com
Looking for more than a few good women in traditionally male fields. by JK Ehrhart, BR Sandler – 1987 – ERIC
A feminist examination of boot camp prison programs for women by ST Marcus-Mendoza, J Klein-Saffran, F Lutze – Women & Therapy, 1998 – Taylor & Francis