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Della Reese

Highest Rated:   65% Dinosaur (2000)
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Birthplace:   Detroit, Michigan, USA
Della Reese is one of the few performers to move easily between the religious community and the mainstream entertainment industry. Born in Detroit, MI, Reese started singing in gospel choirs at a very young age. In 1945, she joined a touring choir with legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. As a student at Wayne State University, Reese former her own singing group called the Meditation Singers. After a regular gig at Detroit's Flame Showbar, she went on to sing with Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra. During the '50s and '60s, she recorded pop vocal albums for Jubilee and RCA Victor, leading to several pop singles on the Billboard charts. She was also nominated for a Grammy award and is remembered as one of the first gospel singers to have a popular stage show in Las Vegas.Her television career started in 1969 as the guest host of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. She then made television history as the first black woman with her own prime-time variety show, Della. After singing on the nightclub circuit and making television guest appearances as herself, she joined the cast of Chico and the Man from 1976 to 1978. Despite her battle with illness in the early '80s, she continued acting steadily throughout the next few decades. Her other TV series appearances include Sanford and Son, It Takes Two, Charlie & Co., and The Royal Family. On the big screen, she played madam Vera in Eddie Murphy's Harlem Nights and Martin Lawrence's mother in A Thin Line Between Love and Hate. Her biggest television achievement is the CBS drama Touched By an Angel, which ran from 1994-2003. For her role of Tess, the wise guiding angel to Monica (Roma Downey), Reese won several Image Awards and Emmy nominations. Her other television work includes leading roles on the TV tearjerkers Miracle in the Woods, The Moving of Sylvia Myles, and Anya's Bell. She would appear in a number of projects in the years to come, like Expecting Mary and Me Again. An ordained minister, Reese helps to run the Los Angeles church association Understanding Foundation for Better Living.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Dear Secret Santa
  • Linda
2013
No Score Yet Christmas Angel
  • Elsie Waybright
2012
No Score Yet Meant to Be
  • Mave
2012
No Score Yet Me Again
  • Muriel
2012
No Score Yet Expecting Mary
  • Doris Dorkus
2010
No Score Yet Si Yo Hubiera Sabido que Era un Genio
  • Actor
2007
37% Beauty Shop
  • Mrs. Towner
$36.4M 2005
No Score Yet Tennessee Ernie Ford: His Life and Times
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet That Old Black Magic
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet The Moving of Sophia Myles
  • Sophia Myles
2000
65% Dinosaur
  • Eema
$135.7M 2000
No Score Yet Anya's Bell
  • Anya Herpick
1999
No Score Yet Mama Flora's Family
  • Nana Fleming
1999
No Score Yet Chasing Secrets
  • Honey
1999
No Score Yet The Secret Path (The Silent Path)
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Having Our Say: Delany Sisters' First 100 Years
  • Martha Logan
1999
No Score Yet Emma's Wish
  • Mona
1998
No Score Yet Miracle in the Woods
  • Lilly Cooper
1997
12% A Thin Line Between Love and Hate
  • Ma Wright
1996
No Score Yet The Kid Who Loved Christmas
  • Actor
1990
27% Harlem Nights
  • Vera
1989
No Score Yet The Gift of Amazing Grace
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Psychic Killer
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Nightmare in Badham County
  • Sarah
1976
No Score Yet Psychic Killer
  • Mrs. Gibson
1975
No Score Yet The Voyage of the Yes
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet Let's Rock (Keep It Cool)
  • Herself
1958

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
83% Detroit 1-8-7
2010-2011
  • Lorraine Henderson
  • 2010
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
  • Mama Colton Mama
  • 1991
  • 1990
No Score Yet In Performance at the White House
2010-2016
  • Performer

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