Biographical Information:
Dates: 1939-
Dates in Ridgefield: current resident

Grammy Award winning folk singer, song writer, lyricist, activist, non-fiction writer, novelist

In 1964 Time described Judy Collins as "a major contender for the feminine folk-music crown, second only to [Joan] Baez among today's flock of urban folk stylists and perhaps first to have lived the songs before learning to sing them." In the years since that article appeared, Collins has broadened her musical scope, adding blues, show tunes, and many other types of music to her repertoire. By the 1970s, she was recognized as one of the most durable and versatile vocalists of her generation. Not content to rest on her laurels, however, Collins has continued to explore new avenues of creativity. She has won awards for her filmmaking, taken up acting, and has even become a successful author of memoirs, popular fiction, and children's books--all while maintaining her career and her reputation as a stellar singer/songwriter. Among the awards she has won are the Silver Medal from Atlanta International Film Festival, Blue Ribbon from American Film Festival, and nomination for Academy Award for best documentary from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, all 1974, all for Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman.

Titles (partial):
The Judy Collins Songbook: With Comments, Instructions, and Personal Reminiscences, 1969
My Father 1989
Writing on the Wall, 1993
Singing Lessons: A Memoir of Love, Loss, Hope, and Healing, 1998
Sanity and Grace: A Journey of Suicide, Survival, and Strength, 2003

--Source: Contemporary Authors Online; Literature Resource Center