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Della Reese Net Worth

Della Reese Net Worth is
$3 Million

Della Reese Biography

Della Reese net value: Della Reese can be an American singer and celebrity who includes a net worthy of of $3 million dollars. Della Reese, also called Delloreese Patricia Early, was created in Detroit, Michigan, and started singing at church while in elementary college. By age group 13 she was touring with Mahalia Jackson’s famed gospel choir and executing on the air as a solo artist frequently. Thus, she fell in love with gospel music. She continued to indication a recording agreement with Jubilee Information in the first 50s, and have scored her first major strike in 1957 with the one, “And That Reminds Me”. After signing with RCA Information, she released the one, “NOT Know”. It was an enormous achievement and catapulted her to a lot more fame. She continuing to record and tour through the entire 60s. She produced the change to film and tv work in the past due 60s, showing up on her behalf own talk present for 197 episodes. She continued to guest superstar or co-superstar on such displays as, “The Mod Squad”, “McCloud”, “Chico and the person”, “The Like Boat”, and “MacGyver”, among many, numerous others. July 6, 1931), can be an American singer, celebrity, game display panelist of the 1970s, one-period talk-display hostess and ordained minister. Furthermore to her singing profession, Della Reese can be an actress from tv and movies. Della Reese provides accumulated her net worthy of due to her singing career. She’s focused generally on jazz music, pop and gospel. It’s been reported that the entire quantity of Della Reese net worthy of is really as high as 3 million dollars, based on the current calculations. In 1953, she got signed to Jubilee Information. She has been involved with present business for over 6 decades and during so very long, a huge component of Della Reese net worthy of provides been accumulated. Della Reese provides produced guest appearances on many chat shows and offered as a guest or participant in a few game displays. Della Reese began her singing profession in 1959, when she released her first one called “NOT Know?”. In 1953 aswell, she began executing with the Hawkins Orchestra. 197 episodes of the present had been filmed. When she was just 15 years previous, she graduated from senior high school and became the initial person in her family members to get a senior high school education. Hence, her acting work in addition has added up to the quantity of Della Reese net worthy of. In the time of 1994-2003, she appeared in it series known as “Touched by an Angel”. During weekends, her mom would consider her to watch films to the cinema. Recently, Della Reese is becoming an ordained New Idea minister in the Understanding Concepts for Better Living Church in LA, California. Hence, this involvement in addition has added up to the present quantity of Della Reese net worthy of. The entertainer was created in 1931 in Detroit, Michigan and her true birth name is normally Delloreese Patricia Early. Her dad proved helpful as a steelworker, whereas her mom was a make. When she was 6 years old, she began to sing in an area church. She graduated from Cass Complex High School at age group 15. In the series, she got a respected function of Tess.’. When she was 13 years previous, Della Reese began to perform with Mahalia Jackson’s group. In 1975, she begun to get starring functions in movies and has made an appearance in “Harlem Nights” with Redd Foxx, “Expecting Mary” with Elliott Gould and “A Thin Line Between Like and Hate” with Martin Lawrence. She began her profession in the 1950s as a gospel, pop and jazz singer, scoring popular with her 1959 one ‘Don’t YOU UNDERSTAND? Later, she got thinking about jazz and pop music, besides her function in the gospel. Furthermore, she’s hosted some displays and can be an ordained minister. Under this label, she released six albums, sales which also have added up to her prosperity. Ultimately of the 60s, Della Reese had her very own talk show known as “Della”. Under Jubilee Information, she released some singles, too, such as for example “Time upon time”, “I’ve Got My Want to Maintain Me Warm” and “In the Still of the night time”. Each one of these three music were contained in her album, released in 1959, known as “And That Reminds Me”. $3 Million: Della Reese (born Delloreese Patricia Early; She actually is most broadly recognized on her behalf co-starring function on “Touched by an Angel”. After that, she created her very own group, known as the Meditation Singers. In 1944, she began to are a director of the youthful people’s choir. In the past due 1960s, she acquired hosted her very own talk present, Della, which ran for 197 episodes. Through four years of acting, she actually is most widely known for playing Tess, the business lead role on the 1994–2003 tv program Touched by an Angel. In newer situations, she became an ordained New Idea minister in the Understanding Concepts for Better Living Church in LA, California.

Known for movies

Quick Facts

Full NameDella Reese
Net Worth$3 Million
Date Of BirthJuly 6, 1931
DiedJuly 6, 1931
Height1.57 m
ProfessionPresenter, Minister, Actor, Singer, Don't You Know, Come On-A My House, Someday - You'll Want Me to Want You
EducationWayne State University, Cass Technical High School, Don't You Know, Come On-A My House, Someday - You'll Want Me to Want You
NationalityAmerican
SpouseFranklin Lett, Leroy Gray, Vermont Taliaferro, Don't You Know, Come On-A My House, Someday - You'll Want Me to Want You
ChildrenDeloreese Reese, Dominique Reese, James Reese, Franklin Reese, Don't You Know, Come On-A My House, Someday - You'll Want Me to Want You
ParentsNellie Mitchelle, Richard Thaddeus Early, Don't You Know, Come On-A My House, Someday - You'll Want Me to Want You
AwardsNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Music GroupsMeditation Singers
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Children's, Don't You Know, Come On-A My House, Someday - You'll Want Me to Want You
MoviesHarlem Nights, Christmas Angel, Chasing Secrets, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Beauty Shop, Miracle in the Woods, Expecting Mary, Anya's Bell, The Moving of Sophia Myles, Psychic Killer, Me Again, Emma's Wish, If I Had Known I Was a Genius, Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years, Dinosaur, The Distinguished Gentleman, A Match Made in Heaven, Music Scene: The Best of 1969-1970: Vol. 2, Tennessee Ernie Ford: His Life and Times, That Old Black Magic, Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child, Hallelujah, Touched By An Angel
TV ShowsTouched by an Angel, The Royal Family, Charlie & Co., It Takes Two, Chico and the Man


Interesting Facts

#Fact
1 She collapsed on the set of Touched by an Angel (1994), and was hospitalized. [2000].
2 She contributed to her diabetes, after years of eating her old, nightly snacks of fried chicken, potato chips, ice cream, candy bars and cola.
3 The IRS Criminal Division began investigating the disappearance of nearly $2 million from vanishing church banking investments, as well as very questionable/misappropriation of church funds and not paying church employees their earned wages at Understanding Principles for Better Living. [2014].
4 Sold her Beverly Hills, California, mansion, on the market for $7.5 million. [7 November 2014].
5 She is using a wheelchair, after having 2 serious brain surgeries. [29 August 2016].
6 After her final guest-starring role on Signed, Sealed, Delivered (2014), she has retired from acting at age 84.
7 She is most widely known to be a social butterfly.
8 Is the first gospel singer to perform in Las Vegas.
9 Had nearly died of a stroke.
10 Every weekend for 9 seasons, she commuted from her Los Angeles house to Salt Lake City, Utah, to film Touched by an Angel (1994).
11 On a few episodes of Touched by an Angel (1994), her character sang, in real-life, she is also a singer.
12 Lives not too far from Marla Gibbs, in Inglewood, California.
13 She had rheumatoid fever, when she was only 2.
14 Reese had decided to become an actress, because when she was singing, she acted out the lyrics of the song, and emotions came towards her.
15 Every Christmas, when Reese was growing up, her mother had baked her favorite cake, made her favorite dinner, and made her crocheted items.
16 Her favorite subject in school was: Music.
17 Her favorite Touched by an Angel (1994) episode is each and every one of them.
18 Is a Republican.
19 Is a close friend of Cissy Houston and knows the entire Houston family, very well. She frequently gave Cissy permission to discuss their exchange.
20 Met Nipsey Russell at one of the clubs in New York City, where the two became good friends, until Russell's death in 2005.
21 Became a surrogate mother to Dr. James Barger, after he lost his own mother, in 1969.
22 Ed Sullivan was a favorite of hers.
23 Lived in West Chester, New York, from 1962 to 1969.
24 Before she was a successful actress, she became the director of the young's people's church choir.
25 Future Motown singer Martha Reeves sites Reese as a major influence, and said she named her group The Vandellas after Van Dyke Street in Detroit and Della Reese.
26 Was born in and grew up in the Black Bottom neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan.
27 Created the character of Tess in Touched by an Angel (1994).
28 Began acting at an early age.
29 A coupon collector from every Detroit church, Reese won a coupon-clipping contest sponsored by the local black paper, The Michigan Chronicle.
30 Began her show Touched by an Angel (1994) at age 63.
31 Her father was her mother's primary caregiver, while Della was in college.
32 Was a fan of both shows: The Jackie Gleason Show (1952) and The Ed Sullivan Show (1948).
33 Her eldest sister was age 20 when Della was born.
34 Of Cherokee ancestry.
35 Her popular song, 'Don't You Know?,' was adapted from Puccini's music for La Bohème, specifically, the aria Musetta's Waltz.
36 Worked with longtime friend, Marla Gibbs, on episodes of both series: 227 (1985) and Touched by an Angel (1994).
37 Was a fan of The Jackie Gleason Show (1952) and The Ed Sullivan Show (1948).
38 Childhood friend of Marla Gibbs.
39 Her song, 'Don't You Know?,' reached the #2 spot on the Pop Charts and topping the R&B charts in 1959, which were then called the 'Hot R&B Sides,' that year.
40 Acting mentor and friends of Roma Downey.
41 As of 2011, she was promoted from ordained minister to senior minister and founder of the Understanding Principles for Better Living Church, in Los Angeles, California.
42 Longtime friend of the late Rosa Parks, who attended her funeral on 2 November 2005. Just before her death, Parks guest-starred with her on Touched by an Angel (1994).
43 Her childhood friend, Marla Gibbs attended her 80th birthday party on 19 August 2011.
44 Met Merv Griffin when she was working in New York City doing a radio show. Basically, Helen Basiley wrote a song where Griffin began singing the weather report to this groove as did Reese herself, and was hired to co-host alongside him on his talk show in the 1960s.
45 Was a spokesperson for Campbell Soup Products in 1980.
46 Met Redd Foxx at a nightclub in Chicago, where they became best friends for 40 years.
47 Was a fan of The Ed Sullivan Show (1948), The Jackie Gleason Show (1952) and Your Show of Shows (1950).
48 Had appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962), 33 times.
49 A lyric-soprano.
50 Had always wanted to be a singer.
51 Was also friends with Nat 'King' Cole's family.
52 Appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show (1948), 18 times.
53 While working at the LaFlame Showbar in Detroit, Michigan, comedian Soupy Sales gave her a shot at becoming a star on television.
54 Through Erskine Hawkins, she also toured with Nat 'King' Cole.
55 Before she was a successful actress, she used to work at a nightclub with all the unfamiliar and legendary singers of the 1950s in New York City.
56 The death of her mother along with a lack of money had caused her to drop out of college, because her father wouldn't allow her to finish.
57 Victor Taliaferro assaulted her when they were married and she was hospitalized. This situation led her to divorce him.
58 She was the producers' first choice for the secondary lead role of Tess on Touched by an Angel (1994), she was reluctant but went ahead and auditioned.
59 She and the rest of Foxx's The Royal Family (1991) cast paid a visit to see Redd Foxx in the hospital, just hours before he died.
60 Received a Grammy nomination for her album 'Della' in 1960.
61 Didn't start acting until she was 36.
62 Her idols when she was young were: Jane Wyman, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday.
63 Is the first African-American actress to host a talk show long before Oprah Winfrey.
64 Is a longtime, good friend with Kristoff St. John. They both worked together on The Young and the Restless (1973).
65 Was honored by Oprah Winfrey at her Legends Ball ceremony along with 25 other African-American women, in 2005.
66 Before she was a successful actress, she did everything from a very young age from directing a young people's choir in church, to being a truck driver, to being a dental receptionist, to that of a switchboard girl.
67 Future talk show host and friend Larry King said he enjoyed listening to her music, as a young adult.
68 Attended the same high school as future actress Ellen Burstyn, also known as: Edna Rae Gillooly.
69 Began singing at age 6.
70 Had purchased a home in Beverly Hills, California, in 1969.
71 Was the lead singer for the Erskine Hawkins Band.
72 She intended to major in Psychiatry at Wayne State University, but a personal setback ended her plans.
73 She formed a choir in Detroit called The Meditation Singers.
74 Her parents were, Richard Early, who was a steel worker, ladies' man and a gambler and Nellie Mitchelle Early, a Cherokee cook.
75 As a teenager, she was often chosen as a featured singer on radio.
76 On one of the tapings of The Royal Family (1991), she found out about one of Redd Foxx's rituals he had done, years after he was doing Sanford and Son (1972), assuming all of this was a joke. In fact, she actually heard it, for real, Foxx collapsed on the set and had a heart attack, where he was taken to a hospital and died in 1991. She attended his funeral later in the year.
77 Had traveled with Mahalia Jackson, for 3 summers, and went on tour with her.
78 Has type 2 diabetes.
79 Had a recording contract with RCA Records in 1957.
80 Is an ordained minister at the Understanding Principles for Better Living Church in Los Angeles, California.
81 Adoptive daughter, Deloreese Daniels Owens, died on March 14, 2002.
82 Is one of the 2 actresses to appear in all the episodes of Touched by an Angel (1994), with the exception of 2, during the final season.
83 Composed the Touched by an Angel (1994) theme song, "Walk With You".
84 In 2007 she officiated for the second time--she is an ordained minister--at a wedding of her ex-Touched by an Angel (1994) co-star Roma Downey's, in which she married reality television show producer Mark Burnett in 2007.
85 Graduated from Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan, in 1947, at only 15 yrs. old. She became the first in her family to graduate early.
86 Had feuded with her father, after her mother's passing, which led to moving out of the house, at age 18.
87 Her mother, Nellie, died in 1949, of a cerebral hemorrhage.
88 Gospel legend Mahalia Jackson was so impressed with her singing that she invited her on a Southern Tour, Della was only 13.
89 In 1944, Mahalia Jackson was at her church, and was impressed with Della's voice.
90 Friends with: Shirley Jones, Angela Lansbury, Marion Ross, Betty White, Bea Arthur, Charlotte Rae, Marla Gibbs, Jackée Harry, Florence Henderson, Valerie Harper, Carol Burnett, Kirk Douglas, Ernest Borgnine, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Lange, Redd Foxx, Nipsey Russell, Kristoff St. John, Ed Sullivan, Johnny Carson, Larry King, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, Abby Dalton, Ruta Lee, Patty Duke, James Komack, Martin Lawrence, Alfre Woodard, Oprah Winfrey, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Billy Graham, Robert H. Schuller, Pat Robertson, Tim Reid, Dick Gregory and Eddie Murphy.
91 In 1953 she signed a singing contract with Jubilee Records, her first.
92 Met Vermont Taliaferro in church for years until she married him in 1951, but was divorced in 1953.
93 Had dropped and shortened her name from Early to Reese knowing it was too big for one club's marquee.
94 Television personality Ed Sullivan helped her get her bookings in Las Vegas, which was rare for an African-American singer, back in the early 1950s.
95 In 1969 she walked into a plate-glass door and underwent surgery for a severe laceration. She was swimming, and as she got out of the pool she tried to avoid a large piece of glass and fell through a plate-glass door.
96 She has 7 hobbies: singing, watching movies, spending time with her family, reading the Bible, swimming, cooking and playing games.
97 She was the youngest (age 22) performer to have the highest singing voice of anyone in jazz music, next to Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae and Sarah Vaughan.
98 Her father, Richard Early, died in 1959.
99 As a young girl of the 1940s, she and her mother would go to the movies to watch: Joan Crawford, Lena Horne and Bette Davis, portraying glamorous lives on-screen.
100 Her mother, Nellie, had children many years before young Delloreese was born, none of them lived with her, afterwards.
101 Was good friends with Roma Downey before Touched by an Angel (1994) and remained so after the show was concluded.
102 Earned $50,000 an episode--upped from $40,000--for Touched by an Angel (1994) in 1997.
103 Best known by the public for her starring role as Tess on Touched by an Angel (1994).
104 Suffered a stroke on the set of The Tonight Show (1962). [3 October 1980].
105 Is an ordained minister. She officiated at the wedding of Touched by an Angel (1994) co-star Roma Downey. She is the godmother of Downey's daughter, Reilly Marie.
106 Mother of Deloreese, James, Franklin, and Dominique.


Trademarks

#Trademark
1 The role of Tess on _"Touched By An Angel" (1994)_.
2 Deep, husky voice
3 Her self-effacing humor
4 Her sly smile


Quotes

#Quote
1 [In 1973]: Up until she started school, Dumpsey traveled with me all the time. I wasn't trying to prove you could have a baby on the road. I had no husband and no one to stay with her. Necessity makes you work things out. Luckily, she wasn't a sickly baby. She's always been independent. Out of necessity, she's had to take care of herself. When things got better, I could afford a sitter. I was never lonely on the road, because of Dumpsey. I used to have to get up, feed her, take her to the park.
2 [on her popularity while playing the sixty-something "Tess" on Touched by an Angel (1994)]: But I know we need a show like this in our lives because people want to hear that God loves them. I believe she [co-star Roma Downey] and I were together in some other life, but if I say that, people look at me strange.
3 [In 2010] If somebody hits you upside your head long enough, enough times, they'll tell you they will hit you, you believe it. Why couldn't you believe it? The last lick you had almost killed you, so you see, why would you, not believe that they would do that?
4 [In 2009] But I was doing a talk show. I love to say this. I was before [Oprah Winfrey].
5 [When questioned if she had any recollections] No, my life doesn't seem remarkable to me. I assume once I have prayed, the answer is on its way.
6 What was so upsetting was I didn't really know anything about diabetes except that Ella Fitzgerald lost her legs and later died from it. So I all knew was you lost your limbs and you died from it. I was scared silly.
7 [About her stroke, when Doc Severinsen and Richard Dawson both rescued her, while the doctor appeared onstage from the audience] I never lost consciousness, but I wasn't in control. Lord, help me. God, help me.
8 [on the cancellation of Touched by an Angel (1994)] This is a business of ratings. When the show was on Sunday, we were a program that people came home and extended their Sunday services with. People are out on Saturday nights. It changed our audience base.
9 [In 2005] Diabetes doesn't necessarily hurt, you see. You wake up and say, "I'm not in pain, I won't take this [medicine] today".
10 Anything is possible with God. People told me, there are just some things you can't do. But I saw no reason why I couldn't have everything I wanted, and frankly, the reasons they gave about why I couldn't have things didn't impress me.
11 [Of her struggle in show business] We had no rights or privileges, I was told that there was no need to go to school, because we'd never have jobs that we'd need schooling for. I didn't really like that idea.
12 [Of Roma Downey] Roma and I have only grown closer and more fond of each other as time has gone on . . . Roma Downey is an angel in my life. It is no accident that our paths have crossed.
13 [In 1993] I never intended to become a minister, I wanted to teach these principles. But I had so many requests for people wanting me to officiate weddings and funerals and such that I finally asked God and he told me to do it.
14 [Of her 1980 stroke] I was in the middle of the song when my body began to twitch uncontrollably. Before I knew it, I fell to my knees in front of everyone and was suddenly unconscious.
15 [on why she went to three different hospitals before her condition was properly diagnosed] At first doctors were looking in everywhere but the right place. I suppose because I'm an actress and entertainer, they initially presumed I was suffering from some sort of alcohol or drug problem. That was more than insulting, it was a potentially fatal misperception.
16 [In 2001] But what people must realize is that time is of the essence. You must know the warning signs of a stroke, and you must seek emergency assistance immediately.
17 [In 1997] It's tough to be an angel in Hollywood when you're underpaid.
18 [on why she was offered substantially less than the 100% raise that co-star Roma Downey got in 1997] It was 12-1/2% they offered me. But for year number one and number two and number three, whatever Roma received, I received equal parts. This year, I did not.
19 I use February 14 as the day to remember all the men in my life. Not just boyfriends, but business associates too. I show them I care by sending floral arrangements. [Why are they only sent to women? Men enjoy flowers too!] My beau gets gardenias and my colleagues get plants. When they receive them, they know I really do care.
20 [In 1996] I don't ever remember not singing. My agent said Touched by an Angel (1994) probably wouldn't go to series, but I'd get a lot of money to make the pilot. I knew it wouldn't work because the two angels didn't like each other. But how could that be? How could angels have hate? I was always saying something smart to Roma Downey's character and vice-versa. CBS spent $2 million on it, and you'll never see it. The only thing they liked was the rapport between Roma and me.
21 [on being cast in Touched by an Angel (1994)] They called [Roma Downey] and me in to meet Martha Williamson. The conversation is going really nice, and Martha stands up and tells me, "It's not that I don't respect you, but I go to church and I'm a Christian and this show will have God in it".
22 I'm hoping that there is a correlation between all the work that I do. Touched by an Angel (1994) gave me a chance to speak on the things that I espouse, and "Faith in Action" also gives me a chance to do that".
23 [on being a spokesperson] It's such a simple thing. You find people who need help, and you find people who can give help, and you put the two together. Just simply people helping people.
24 [In 2003] We were taping Touched by an Angel (1994), and I was coming down the stairs of my house in Salt Lake City, and it felt like someone split my head in half and I blacked out. I don't know how long I was there but, when I came to, I didn't feel anything so I just went on to work.
25 [on why she didn't want to do another TV series] But it always comes down to me in my bed talking to God, and he said, "Do this for me for 10 years and you can retire". Since I am a devout coward, I cannot go against the will of the Lord.
26 [on how she "ticked off" Duke Ellington and Carmen McRae] We were all just trying to make a living. Nobody had any attitude. We were all "getting up", as we used to say.
27 [Of Ed Sullivan] Ed helped a lot of people.
28 [on being a talk show hostess] I was tired of the road, and doing TV meant I could stay home. It was very obvious to me I was the first black woman with her own show when one executive told me they had a hard time finding sponsors because my gums were blue.
29 [In 1998] I had done what I set out to do: I had the money, the gowns, the jewelry and I was happy to have them, but they did not make me happy. My daughter filled that void: she saved my life.
30 [Of her parents] He was the toastmaster in our neighborhood. My father was a man who knew how to walk the walk and talk the talk. My mother was the kind of woman who when she looked you in the eyes, you stood at attention.
31 [on being the first black woman to host a talk show of the 1960s, long before Oprah Winfrey] I've had so many different chapters in my career, so many different audiences, but it always comes back to me talking to God.
32 The Lord has planned my life. I'm not a great planner but I have been open to what God has in store for me, and it's worked.
33 I was black when they hired me. They knew how old I was when they hired me.


Pictures

All Della Reese pictures

Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2002 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Touched by an Angel (1994)
2001 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Touched by an Angel (1994)
2000 Family Television Award Family Television Awards Actress
2000 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Touched by an Angel (1994)
1999 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Touched by an Angel (1994)
1998 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Touched by an Angel (1994)
1997 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Touched by an Angel (1994)
1996 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Touched by an Angel (1994)
1994 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television Awarded on July 12, 1994 at 7060 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2000 Annie Annie Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Feature Production Dinosaur (2000)
1998 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Touched by an Angel (1994)
1998 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Touched by an Angel (1994)
1998 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Touched by an Angel (1994)
1998 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Touched by an Angel (1994)
1997 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Touched by an Angel (1994)
1997 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Touched by an Angel (1994)


Filmography

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Signed, Sealed, Delivered 2014 TV Series Cora Brandt
Miracle at Gate 213 2013 TV Movie Alma Peddington
Dear Secret Santa 2013 TV Movie Linda
Me Again 2012 Muriel
Meant to Be 2012 Mave
Christmas Angel 2012 TV Movie Elsie Waybright
Hallelujah 2011 TV Movie Dulcie Prejean
Detroit 1-8-7 2010 TV Series Lorraine Henderson
Expecting Mary 2010 Doris Dorkus
The Young and the Restless 2009 TV Series Aunt Virginia
If I Had Known I Was a Genius 2007 Nana
That's So Raven 2006 TV Series Miss Rhonnie Wilcox
Beauty Shop 2005 Mrs. Towner
Touched by an Angel 1994-2003 TV Series Tess
The Moving of Sophia Myles 2000 TV Movie Sophia Myles
Dinosaur 2000 Eema (voice)
Anya's Bell 1999 TV Movie Anya Herpick
Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years 1999 TV Movie Martha Logan
The Secret Path 1999 TV Movie Honey
Mama Flora's Family 1998 TV Mini-Series Nana Fleming
Emma's Wish 1998 TV Movie Mona Washburn
Promised Land 1996-1998 TV Series Tess
Miracle in the Woods 1997 TV Movie Lilly Cooper
A Match Made in Heaven 1997 TV Movie Katie Beale
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child 1997 TV Series The Blues Fairy
A Thin Line Between Love and Hate 1996 Ma Wright
Picket Fences 1993 TV Series Naomi Grand
L.A. Law 1993 TV Series Lucille Lake
Designing Women 1993 TV Series Mrs. Toussant
You Must Remember This 1992 TV Movie Ella DuChamps (voice)
The Distinguished Gentleman 1992 Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Dream On 1992 TV Series Receptionist
The Royal Family 1991-1992 TV Series Victoria Royal
MacGyver 1990-1991 TV Series Mama Colton
Married People 1991 TV Series Annette
The Kid Who Loved Christmas 1990 TV Movie Alicia Slater
The Young Riders 1990 TV Series Stagecoach Sally
227 1987-1990 TV Series Grace / Rita Clark
Harlem Nights 1989 Vera
Night Court 1989 TV Series Aunt Ruth
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo 1988 TV Series Additional Voices (voice)
ABC Afterschool Specials 1986 TV Series Aunt Faith
Charlie & Co. 1986 TV Series Aunt Rachel
Crazy Like a Fox 1985-1986 TV Series Nurse Flood
The A-Team 1985 TV Series Mrs. Baracus
It Takes Two 1982-1983 TV Series Judge Caroline Phillips
The Love Boat 1982 TV Series Millie Washington
Insight 1980 TV Series Judge Roberta Lynn
Welcome Back, Kotter 1979 TV Series Mrs. Jean Tremaine
Chico and the Man 1975-1978 TV Series Della Rogers / The Judge
Nightmare in Badham County 1976 TV Movie Sarah
Flo's Place 1976 TV Movie Flo
Medical Center 1976 TV Series Capt. Sykes
McCloud 1974-1976 TV Series Sgt. Gladys Harris
Psychic Killer 1975 Mrs. Gibson
The Rookies 1975 TV Series Landers
Cop on the Beat 1975 TV Movie Claudine
Joe Forrester 1975 TV Series Claudine
Police Story 1975 TV Series
Petrocelli 1975 TV Series Angela Damon
Police Woman 1974 TV Series Tina Thompson
Twice in a Lifetime 1974 TV Movie Flo
Daddy's Girl 1973 TV Movie Diane
Voyage of the Yes 1973 TV Movie Opal Parker
A City of the King 1971 TV Movie Innkeeper's Wife
Getting Together 1971 TV Series
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors 1970 TV Series Grace Dayton
Mod Squad 1968 TV Series Paula
Whoa with Laine Lawson Craft completed

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dancing with the Stars 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
How to Go Out on a Date in Queens 2006 performer: "Some Of My Best Friends Are The Blues"
Swept Away 2002 performer: "Come-On-A-My-House" 1951
Rare Birds 2001 performer: "Don't You Know"
Nurse Betty 2000 performer: "Don't You Know"
Wrestling with Alligators 1998 performer: "Some Of My Best Friends Are The Blues"
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child 1997 TV Series performer - 1 episode
A Bronx Tale 1993 performer: "Don't You Know"
WKRP in Cincinnati 1981 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sanford and Son 1975 TV Series 1 episode
The Ed Sullivan Show 1958-1965 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Lively Ones 1963 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Let's Rock 1958 performer: "Lonelyville"

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Touched by an Angel TV Series story by - 1 episode, 2000 teleplay by - 1 episode, 2000

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Light Documentary filming Herself
Unsung Hollywood 2015 TV Series documentary Herself
The Scroll: Transformation 2014 Video documentary Herself
What Is New Thought? 2013 Documentary
Unsung 2013 TV Series documentary Herself
Celebrity Ghost Stories 2012 TV Series documentary Herself
Celebration of Gospel 2012 TV Movie Herself
Lifestyle Magazine 2011 TV Series documentary Herself
Get Real! Wise Women Speak 2011 Documentary Herself
Tavis Smiley 2009 TV Series Herself - Guest
Larry King Live 2003-2009 TV Series Herself - Guest
Life on the Edge: A Global Crisis 2008 TV Movie Herself
The Florence Henderson Show 2008 TV Series Herself - Guest
Biography 2000-2007 TV Series documentary Herself
Miss HIV 2007 Documentary Narrator
Testimonies of Faith: Humble Journey's 2007 Documentary
Legends Ball 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
CMT: 20 Greatest Songs of Faith 2005 TV Special Herself
The Tony Danza Show 2004 TV Series Herself - Guest
An Evening with Della Reese 2004 TV Movie Herself - Interviewee
The Wayne Brady Show 2003-2004 TV Series Herself
33rd NAACP Image Awards 2002 TV Special Herself
Praise the Lord 2002 TV Series Herself
CBS Cares 2001-2002 TV Series Herself
31st NAACP Image Awards 2000 TV Special Herself
Journey to a Hate Free Millennium 1999 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Intimate Portrait 1999 TV Series documentary Herself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1999 TV Series Herself - Guest
29th NAACP Image Awards 1998 TV Special Herself
The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1998 TV Special Herself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
The Roseanne Show 1998 TV Series Herself - Guest
Guide to Healthy Living 1998 Video short Herself
CBS: The First 50 Years 1998 TV Movie documentary Herself
4th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1998 TV Special Herself
The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1998 TV Special Herself - Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series - Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
True Stories from Touched by an Angel 1998 TV Movie documentary
28th NAACP Image Awards 1997 TV Special Herself
The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1997 TV Special Herself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
The Most Fascinating Women of 1997 1997 TV Movie documentary Herself
27th NAACP Image Awards 1996 TV Special Herself
The 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1996 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program
The 1996 Annual Lucy Awards 1996 TV Special Herself
E! True Hollywood Story 1996 TV Series documentary Herself
Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America 1993 TV Special documentary Herself - Interviewee
Vicki! 1993 TV Series Herself
25th NAACP Image Awards 1993 TV Special Herself
Holiday Greetings from 'The Ed Sullivan Show' 1992 TV Movie Herself
One on One with John Tesh 1992 TV Series Herself - Guest
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1986-1992 TV Series Herself
The 13th Annual American Black Achievement Awards 1992 TV Special Herself
The Chuck Woolery Show 1991 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Marsha Warfield Show 1990 TV Series Herself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1989 TV Series Herself - Guest
Family Reunion: A Gospel Music Celebration 1988 TV Movie documentary Herself
Star's Table 1986 TV Series Herself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars 1985 TV Series Herself
Pete's Place 1983 TV Series Herself (1983)
The Alan Thicke Show 1981 TV Series Herself - Guest
Password Plus 1980 TV Series Herself
Hour Magazine 1980 TV Series Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1963-1980 TV Series Herself - Co-Host / Herself - Vocalist / Herself
The $10,000 Pyramid 1978 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962-1978 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself - Guest Host / Herself - Musical Guest / ...
The Jim Nabors Show 1978 TV Series Herself - Guest
Dinah! 1977 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Merv Griffin Show 1962-1977 TV Series Herself
Match Game 73 1973-1977 TV Series Herself - Panelist
Sha Na Na 1977 TV Series Herself
Break the Bank 1976 TV Series Herself
Sanford and Son 1975 TV Series Herself
Sammy and Company 1975 TV Series Herself
Match Game PM 1975 TV Series Herself - Panelist
Rhyme and Reason 1975 TV Series Herself
The 17th Annual Grammy Awards 1975 TV Special Herself
Burt and the Girls 1973 TV Movie Herself
Flip 1973 TV Series Herself
Half the George Kirby Comedy Hour 1972 TV Series Herself
The Hollywood Squares 1966-1972 TV Series Herself - Panelist
Laugh-In 1972 TV Series Herself
The David Frost Show 1969-1972 TV Series Herself - Guest
Cop Out! 1972 TV Movie Herself
Stand Up and Cheer 1971 TV Series Herself
Mantrap 1971 TV Series Herself
The Pet Set 1971 TV Series documentary Herself
Della 1969-1970 TV Series Herself - Host
...And Beautiful 1969 TV Movie Herself - Host
Allen Ludden's Gallery 1969 TV Series Herself
The Joey Bishop Show 1967-1969 TV Series Herself - Guest
Playboy After Dark 1969 TV Series Herself - Singer
The Woody Woodbury Show 1967-1968 TV Series Herself
Operation: Entertainment 1968 TV Series Herself
The Dom DeLuise Show 1968 TV Series Herself - Guest
Showcase '68 1968 TV Series Herself
The Jonathan Winters Show 1968 TV Series Herself - Guest
Girl Talk 1967 TV Series Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1957-1965 TV Series Herself - Singer / Herself
That Regis Philbin Show 1965 TV Series Herself
Freedom Spectacular 1964 TV Movie Herself
The Hollywood Palace 1964 TV Series Herself - Singer
The Keefe Brasselle Show 1963 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Lively Ones 1963 TV Series Herself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself - Vocalist
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1960 TV Series Herself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1959 TV Series Herself
Let's Rock 1958 Herself
The Big Record 1957 TV Series Herself
Stage Show 1956 TV Series Herself - Guest Vocalist

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Colorshop: 100 Vintage TV Ads, Vol.1 2013 Video Herself
Mike Douglas: Moments & Memories 2008 Video Herself
Rhapsody in Black 2002 TV Movie documentary Herself
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