Abbey Lincoln, Notable Jazz Singer, Dies at 80

By Alex Johnston
Alex Johnston
Alex Johnston
August 17, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

Jazz singer Abbey Lincoln perform at the Jazz At Lincoln Center's Concert For Hurricane Relief at the Rose Theater on September 17, 2005 in New York City. (Brad Barket/Getty Images)
Jazz singer Abbey Lincoln perform at the Jazz At Lincoln Center's Concert For Hurricane Relief at the Rose Theater on September 17, 2005 in New York City. (Brad Barket/Getty Images)
Abbey Lincoln, famed jazz singer and actress, died in New York City on Saturday. She was 80.

Lincoln recorded more than 20 albums, acted in films, and became a leading voice in the civil rights movement during her six-decade career.

She passed away in Manhattan, the New York Times reported.

Her first album was called Abbey Lincoln's Affair—A Story of a Girl in Love and became an instant success.

Lincoln was one of the first African-American women to act in a leading role, alongside Sidney Poitier in the 1968 movie For Love of Ivy.

The Chicago-born singer performed regularly with Billie Holiday as her main influence, up until her death. Her last album Abbey Sings Abbey was released in 2007.