Reese, Della

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Reese, Della Gender: F
Deloreese Patricia Early
born on 6 July 1931 at 10:00 (= 10:00 AM )
Place Detroit, Michigan, 42n20, 83w03
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 13°34' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 28°41 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 10°57'

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Della Reese
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American nightclub, jazz, gospel, and pop singer; film and television actress; one-time talk-show hostess; and ordained minister, whose career spanned six decades. She is most memorable as a smoky voiced angel on a TV series that is unabashedly sentimental and inspirational, "Touched By An Angel" (1994-2003). The show barely survived the critics' scorn after its premiere but with very few modifications it went on to become a Nielsen Top 20.

The youngest of six kids, Reese was singing in the choir at her local Baptist church by the age of six. When she was 13 she caught the attention of gospel diva Mahalia Jackson who hired the teenager to tour with her troupe. Over their three summers together she learned first hand about racial prejudice while touring. With the money she saved, she enrolled in a University in 1947 but dropped out the following year when her mom died. At odds with her dad, Reese moved out in 1949, making $23 a week singing at a Detroit bowling alley. At 19, she weighed 230 pounds which she trimmed down by losing 90 pounds. Two years later, in a contest, she won a club engagement where she was an instant hit.

In 1954, Reese landed her first record contract. Three years later she released "And That Reminds Me," which sold over a million copies. Soon she was appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show and appearing in Las Vegas.

Over the next 30 years, in addition to singing gigs, Reese was a regular on TV sitcoms such as "Chico and the Man," and "Charlie & Co." and did a few films, including "Harlem Nights" (1980).

A graduate of a divinity school in Chicago, she was nonetheless tired of hearing about hell-fire, so she prayed for God to send her a minister. He told her to "do it yourself" so she became Minister of Understanding Principles for Better Living, Los Angeles, California, in 1983. With her hit show being filmed in Salt Lake City, she and her third husband, producer Franklin Lett, Jr. flew to L.A. weekly for her to deliver her Sunday sermon. She had met Lett in 1978 and they wed in 1983. From her two prior marriages she had an adopted daughter, Deloreese Daniels and an adopted son, James Barger.

On 29 August 2016, nearly two months after she celebrated her 85th birthday, Reese was said to be in failing health, as she used a wheelchair, following two serious brain surgeries. She also admitted her suffering from type-2 diabetes. On Sunday night, 19 November 2017, Reese died at her home in Encino, California. She was 86.

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  • Death of Mother 1949 (Nellie Mitchelle Early)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1952 (Vermont Adolphus Bon Taliaferro)
  • Relationship : Marriage 28 December 1959 (Leroy Basil Gray)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 1961 (Mercer Ellington)
  • Health : Medical diagnosis 1979 (Brain aneurysm, recovered)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1983 (Franklin Thomas Lett, Jr.)
  • Death of Child 14 March 2002 (Adoptive daughter, Deloreese Daniels Owens)
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Source Notes

Gallo quotes her in Celebrity Horoscopes


  • Traits : Body : Race (Black: African American)
  • Traits : Body : Weight (230 lbs.)
  • Traits : Personality : Charismatic (Personable, leadership qualities)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Diabetes/ Hypoglycemia (Type-2 diabetes)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Brain (Near-fatal brain aneurysm)
  • Family : Childhood : Family large (Youngest of six kids)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Sixth of six)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Three marriages; two divorces)
  • Family : Parenting : Foster, Step, or Adopted Kids (Adopted son 1961)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One daughter)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Hobbies, games (Likes to cook)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Film and TV)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Night Club/ Vaudeville (Las Vegas)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV host/ Personality
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV series/ Soap star ("Touched by an Angel")
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo (Meditation Singers)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Jazz (Singer)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc. (Gospel, jazz)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc. (Choir, gospel singer)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer
  • Vocation : Religion : Ecclesiastics/ western (Reverend in Principles for Better Living Church)
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (Hollywood Walk of Fame)
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (Golden Palm Star on Palm Springs Walk of Stars)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women