At home with Helen Reddy (1978)
The celebrated singer’s California home is filled with music, plants and country charm
Helen Reddy’s dream-come-true home
Halfway around the world from her native land of Australia, Helen Reddy lives, today, in this dream-come-true home — designed for serenity and comfort — with her husband, Jeff Wald, and two children, Traci, 15, and Jordan, five years old.
The breakfast room
The breakfast room just off the kitchen is a mix of antiques and plants. Here Helen and Jeff, who entertain frequently, hold their West-Coast-casual parties. (The dining room takes over for their larger, never-formal dinners.)
The bright living room
Favorite crystal “objects” and antique furniture they’ve collected over the years, paired with Helen’s own needlepoint — a favorite hobby she works at it everywhere, even between “takes” on her movie — are all part of the Walds’ living room.
Big and bright, Helen’s kitchen (left), is filled with hanging greenery that thrives under the ceiling skylight, and is spacious enough to handle big-party preparations, with twin work “islands” and yards of counter space. On the walls and countertops are lively hand-painted ceramic tiles.
Inside the ‘playhouse’
A small, separate “playhouse” for the whole family (below), across from the pool, is always ready for a round of card games, or the children’s impromptu slumber parties. Around the party table, personalized director’s chairs. There’s one for “Uncle Peter” too — Jeff’s brother.
Helen Reddy’s home music room
Home for Helen Reddy wouldn’t be complete without a music room. She’s been singing since she was a small child in Australia, has recorded 10 albums since 1971 — and most recently can be heard on the soundtrack album from Walt Disney Productions’ musical Pete’s Dragon.
Hanging out at home with other music industry stars (1974)
The master bedroom
Flowers “bloom” in the master bedroom on the antique tester bed and draperies. The simply furnished, almost-spare room is a restful retreat for Helen and Jeff, who can take time off here to relax from their busy careers – he’s a personal manager for Helen and other stars.
Helen Reddy sings “I Am Woman” (video from 1971)
Where is she now?
As of 2020: Australian singer Helen Reddy retired from performing in 2002, but has made a few live appearances through the years. In October 2018, NPR reported that the singer had been diagnosed with dementia.
Below, Reddy, born in 1941, is seen at an awards ceremony in 2019 — along with her daughter Traci Wald Donat, and her granddaughter Lily Donat.