Della Reese is an American actress and singer. She started her career in the late 1950s as a jazz singer, best known for her 1959 hit single “Don’t You Know”. She subsequently became an actress and today is also an ordained Minister.
At the age of thirteen, she was hired to sing with Mahalia Jackson’s Gospel group. Afterwards, she formed her own gospel group called the Meditation Singers. Reese recorded regularly throughout the 1960s, releasing singles and several albums. Two of the most significant were The Classic Della (1962), and Waltz with Me, Della (1963), which broadened her fan base internationally.
She recorded several jazz-focused albums including Della Reese Live (1966), On Strings of Blue (1967), and One of a Kind (1978). She also performed in Las Vegas for nine years, as well as touring across the country.
In 1969, Reese began a transition into acting work which would eventually lead to her greatest fame.
In 1970, Reese became the FIRST BLACK WOMAN to guest host The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
She is best known for her role as Tess in Touched By An Angel. Reese appeared in several TV movies and miniseries’ including The House of Yes and Roots: The Next
Generations. Reese also did voice over for the animated series A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. In 1989, she starred alongside Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor and Arsenio Hall in the theatrical release movie Harlem Nights, in which she was seen doing a fight scene with Eddie Murphy.
She has since gone on to appear in Beauty Shop, That’s So Raven and MORE! She was also honored in 2006 by Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Ball! VISIT HER IMDB PAGE HERE
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