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      Della Reese

      Della Reese

      Highest Rated: 78% A Match Made in Heaven (1997)

      Lowest Rated: 15% A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996)

      Birthday: Jul 6, 1931

      Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

      With a startlingly long career that encompassed jazz, pop, film, and television, Della Reese was a multi-media phenomenon. And as an African-American artist working before and during the civil rights era, her achievements were doubly significant. Delloreese Patricia Early was born on July 6, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan to a black father and Cherokee mother. She started out in gospel music, singing with Mahalia Jackson when she was just 13 years old, and subsequently with The Meditation Singers in the late '40s. By the early '50s, Reese had made the shift towards a jazz/pop style, and in 1954 she released her first solo single, "Yes Indeed." She plugged away for the next few years, releasing several singles on the Jubilee label, and in 1957 she had her big breakthrough with the song "And That Reminds Me," which became a huge success and earned her national attention for her big, lustrous vocal style. Two years later she made a move to RCA, and scored her biggest success ever with "Don't You Know?" that same year, hitting No. 2 Pop and No. 1 R&B and earning Reese a Grammy nomination. Her 1960 LP Della hit big too, and gave her another Grammy nomination. By the late '60s, though she continued to record, Reese began to develop her career as an actor. She started out with one-off appearances on TV shows like "The Mod Squad" (ABC 1968-73) and then TV movies. In the mid '70s she had a recurring role in hit series "Chico and the Man" (NBC 1974-78). In 1989 she appeared in the Eddie Murphy/Richard Pryor film "Harlem Nights" (1989) and two years later co-starred with Redd Foxx in the short-lived TV series "The Royal Family" (CBS 1991-92). But her biggest acting role came with a starring part in the series "Touched By An Angel" (CBS 1994-2003), which ran for nine seasons and earned Reese multiple awards. Reese continued acting into the 2010s and passed away on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles at the age of 86.

      Highest rated movies

      A Match Made in Heaven
      Beauty Shop Harlem Nights
      A Thin Line Between Love and Hate

      Photos

      HARLEM NIGHTS, Della Reese, 1989, (c)Paramount HARLEM NIGHTS, Della Reese, Redd Foxx, 1989, (c)Paramount HARLEM NIGHTS, Della Reese, Greg Brown, Michael Lerner, 1989, (c)Paramount HARLEM NIGHTS, Della Reese, Eddie Murphy, 1989, (c)Paramount HARLEM NIGHTS, Eddie Murphy, Della Reese, 1989, (c)Paramount

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 63% Dear Secret Santa Linda (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 66% Christmas Angel Elsie (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet 67% Meant to Be Mave (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet 70% Me Again Muriel (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet 28% Expecting Mary Doris Dorkus (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Testimonies of Faith: Humble Journey's Unknown (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 10% If I Had Known I Was a Genius Nana (Character) - 2007
      38% 62% Beauty Shop Mrs. Towner (Character) $36.3M 2005
      65% 48% Dinosaur Eema (Voice) $137.7M 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Moving of Sophia Myles Sophia Myles (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 82% Chasing Secrets Honey (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 67% Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years Martha Logan (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 88% Anya's Bell Anya Herpick (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Journey to a Hate Free Millennium Narrator - 1999
      No Score Yet 50% Emma's Wish Mona Washburn (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 62% Miracle in the Woods Lilly Cooper (Character) - 1997
      78% 71% A Match Made in Heaven Katie Beale (Character) - 1997
      15% 77% A Thin Line Between Love and Hate Ma Wright (Character) $34.8M 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Kid Who Loved Christmas Alicia Slater (Character) - 1990
      26% 80% Harlem Nights Vera (Character) $58.5M 1989
      No Score Yet 64% Nightmare in Badham County Sarah (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cop on the Beat Claudine (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Return of Joe Forrester Claudine (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Twice in a Lifetime Flo (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 25% The Voyage of the Yes Opal Parker (Character) - 1972

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Signed, Sealed, Delivered Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      81% No Score Yet Detroit 1-8-7 Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Character) 1994-2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Promised Land Unknown (Guest Star) 1996-1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Unknown (Voice) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Designing Women Unknown (Guest Star) 1993
      80% No Score Yet The Royal Family Victoria Royal (Character) 1991-1992
      No Score Yet 78% MacGyver Unknown (Guest Star) 1990-1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 227 Unknown (Guest Star) 1987 1990
      No Score Yet 64% The A-Team Mrs. Baracus (Guest Star) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Password 79 Guest 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Welcome Back, Kotter Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chico and the Man Unknown (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      1975-1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet McCloud Sgt. Gladys Harris (Guest Star) 1974 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sanford and Son Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rookies Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Petrocelli Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Tina Thompson (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Guest 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Getting Together Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Paula (Guest Star) 1968