The Beautiful and Talented Della Reese is Born

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Della Reese, born Delloreese Patricia Early, was an American singer, actress, and ordained minister. She was born on July 6, 1931, in Detroit, Michigan. She had a diverse career spanning several decades and was known for her powerful voice and charismatic stage presence.

Reese began singing at the age of six in the church choir and at 13 she was hired to sing with Mahaila Jackson’s group. In 1953 she signed a recording contract and her music career took off. She gained recognition in 1957 with her hit song “And That Reminds Me.” Her soulful voice and unique style helped her establish herself as a successful recording artist.

In addition to her music career, Reese ventured into acting and made her film debut in the 1959 movie “Let No Man Write My Epitaph.” She went on to appear in numerous films and television shows, including notable roles in films like “Harlem Nights” (1989) and “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate” (1996). However, she is perhaps best known for her starring role as Tess, the angel supervisor, in the popular television series “Touched by an Angel,” which aired from 1994 to 2003. Her performance in the show earned her several award nominations.

Della Reese’s contributions to the entertainment industry and her strong presence in both music and acting made her an influential figure. She received numerous accolades throughout her career, including four Grammy Award nominations, seven NAACP Image Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Della Reese’s legacy lives on through her music, acting, and humanitarian work. She remains an inspiration to many aspiring artists and continues to be remembered as a talented performer with a powerful voice and a kind heart.

Della Reese (July 6, 1931-November 19, 2017)