Judith Marjorie Collins (5/1/39) is an American singer-songwriter and musician with a career spanning seven decades. She is a Grammy Award-winning artist known for her eclectic tastes in the material she records (which has included folk music, country, show tunes, pop music, rock and roll and standards), for her social activism, and for the clarity of her voice.
Her discography consists of 28 studio albums, four live albums, numerous compilation albums, and four holiday albums. She’s been in 13 films, the most recent being, “Danny Says” (2016,) and has written 7 books!
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Collins suffered from bulimia after she quit smoking in the 1970s. “I went straight from the cigarettes into an eating disorder“, she told People magazine in 1992. “I started throwing up. I didn’t know anything about bulimia, certainly not that it is an addiction or that it would get worse. My feelings about myself, even though I had been able to give up smoking and lose 20 lbs., were of increasing despair.” She has written at length of her years of addiction to alcohol, the damage it did to her personal and musical life and how it contributed to her feelings of depression. Collins admits that although she tried other drugs in the 1960s, alcohol had always been her drug of first choice, just as it had been for her father. She entered a rehabilitation program in Pennsylvania in 1978 and has maintained her sobriety ever since, even through such traumatic events as the death of her only child, Clark, who died by suicide in 1992 at age 33 after a long bout with clinical depression and substance abuse. Since his death, she has also become an activist for suicide prevention.
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