Palm to release O'Day docu


NEW YORK -- A jazz singer's tragic life will hit screens this May in the Palm Pictures documentary "Anita O'Day: The Life Of a Music Legend."

Palm picked up all North American rights to the portrait of O'Day, who overcame alcoholism, rape, heroin addiction and jail time in her seven decade career. Directors Robbie Cavolina and Ian McCrudden filmed interviews with the singer shortly before her 2006 death at age 87.

"Legend" includes new interviews with jazz artists Annie Ross (Robert Altman's "Short Cuts") Margaret Whiting and George Wein, along with rare footage of O'Day performances with Louis Armstrong and other musicians from her 1940s heyday.

The film premiered at last year's Tribeca Film Festival. A fall DVD release is planned following the platform theatrical release in May.

Palm's Ed Arentz negotiated the deal with Cavolina, McCrudden and producer Melissa Davis.