Helen Reddy: See inside her beautiful California house back in the ’70s

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Helen Reddy See inside her beautiful California house in the 70s

At home with Helen Reddy (1978)

The celebrated singer’s California home is filled with music, plants and country charm

Winner of countless awards for her records (a Grammy for I Am Woman), Helen is now starring in the movie Pete’s Dragon. [Read more about Helen Reddy in later years at the end of this article.]

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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.)

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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.

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The kitchen

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.

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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.

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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.

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Hanging out at home with other music industry stars (1974)

Dick Clark, Helen Reddy & Smokey Robinson in her music room

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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.

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Helen Reddy sings “I Am Woman” (video from 1971)



Helen Reddy on the cover of Cashbox magazine - 1976


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.

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