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Delloreese Patricia Early net worth:
$3 Million

Delloreese Patricia Early information

Delloreese Patricia Early information

Birth date: July 6, 1931
Death date: July 6, 1931
Birth place: Black Bottom, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Height:5' 2" (1.57 m)
Profession:Actress, Soundtrack, Writer
Education:Wayne State University, Cass Technical High School
Nationality:American
Spouse:Franklin Lett (m. 1983), Leroy Gray (m. 1959–1961), Vermont Taliaferro (m. 1951–1958)
Children:Deloreese Reese, Dominique Reese, James Reese, Franklin Reese
Parents:Nellie Mitchelle, Richard Thaddeus Early
Awards:NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Music groups:Meditation Singers
Nominations:Primetime 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
Movies:Harlem 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 shows:Touched by an Angel, The Royal Family, Charlie & Co., It Takes Two, Chico and the Man
Albums:Della, Della Della Cha Cha Cha, The Classic Della

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Della Reese net worth: Della Reese is an American singer and performer with a net worth of $3 million dollars. Della Reese, also known as Delloreese Patricia Early, was created in Detroit, Michigan, and began singing at church while in elementary school. Della graduated from Cass Technical High School at age 15. Della went on to sign a recording contract with Jubilee Records in the early 50s, and scored her first major hit in 1957 using the single, “And That Reminds Me”. After signing with RCA Records, the early released the single, “Don’t You Understand”. It proved to be a gigantic success and catapulted her to even more recognition. She continued to record and tour throughout the 60s. She made the shift to film and television work in the late 60s, appearing on her own talk show for 197 episodes. She went on to guest star or co star on such shows as, “The Mod Squad”, “McCloud”, “Chico and the Man”, “The Love Boat”, and “MacGyver”, among many, many others. She is most widely recognized for her costarring role on “Touched by an Angel”.


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Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Signed, Sealed, Delivered2014TV SeriesCora Brandt
Miracle at Gate 2132013TV MovieAlma Peddington
Dear Secret Santa2013TV MovieLinda
Me Again2012Muriel
Meant to Be2012Mave
Christmas Angel2012TV MovieElsie Waybright
Hallelujah2011TV MovieDulcie Prejean
Detroit 1-8-72010TV SeriesLorraine Henderson
Expecting Mary2010Doris Dorkus
The Young and the Restless2009TV SeriesAunt Virginia
If I Had Known I Was a Genius2007Nana
That's So Raven2006TV SeriesMiss Rhonnie Wilcox
Beauty Shop2005Mrs. Towner
Touched by an Angel1994-2003TV SeriesTess
The Moving of Sophia Myles2000TV MovieSophia Myles
Dinosaur2000Eema (voice)
Anya's Bell1999TV MovieAnya Herpick
Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years1999TV MovieMartha Logan
The Secret Path1999TV MovieHoney
Mama Flora's Family1998TV Mini-SeriesNana Fleming
Emma's Wish1998TV MovieMona Washburn
Promised Land1996-1998TV SeriesTess
Miracle in the Woods1997TV MovieLilly Cooper
A Match Made in Heaven1997TV MovieKatie Beale
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1997TV SeriesThe Blues Fairy
A Thin Line Between Love and Hate1996Ma Wright
Picket Fences1993TV SeriesNaomi Grand
L.A. Law1993TV SeriesLucille Lake
Designing Women1993TV SeriesMrs. Toussant
You Must Remember This1992TV MovieElla DuChamps (voice)
The Distinguished Gentleman1992Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Dream On1992TV SeriesReceptionist
The Royal Family1991-1992TV SeriesVictoria Royal
MacGyver1990-1991TV SeriesMama Colton
Married People1991TV SeriesAnnette
The Kid Who Loved Christmas1990TV MovieAlicia Slater
The Young Riders1990TV SeriesStagecoach Sally
2271987-1990TV SeriesGrace / Rita Clark
Harlem Nights1989Vera
Night Court1989TV SeriesAunt Ruth
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo1988TV SeriesAdditional Voices (voice)
ABC Afterschool Specials1986TV SeriesAunt Faith
Charlie & Co.1986TV SeriesAunt Rachel
Crazy Like a Fox1985-1986TV SeriesNurse Flood
The A-Team1985TV SeriesMrs. Baracus
It Takes Two1982-1983TV SeriesJudge Caroline Phillips
The Love Boat1982TV SeriesMillie Washington
Insight1980TV SeriesJudge Roberta Lynn
Welcome Back, Kotter1979TV SeriesMrs. Jean Tremaine
Chico and the Man1975-1978TV SeriesDella Rogers / The Judge
Nightmare in Badham County1976TV MovieSarah
Flo's Place1976TV MovieFlo
Medical Center1976TV SeriesCapt. Sykes
McCloud1974-1976TV SeriesSgt. Gladys Harris
Psychic Killer1975Mrs. Gibson
The Rookies1975TV SeriesLanders
Cop on the Beat1975TV MovieClaudine
Joe Forrester1975TV SeriesClaudine
Police Story1975TV Series
Petrocelli1975TV SeriesAngela Damon
Police Woman1974TV SeriesTina Thompson
Twice in a Lifetime1974TV MovieFlo
Daddy's Girl1973TV MovieDiane
Voyage of the Yes1973TV MovieOpal Parker
A City of the King1971TV MovieInnkeeper's Wife
Getting Together1971TV Series
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors1970TV SeriesGrace Dayton
Mod Squad1968TV SeriesPaula
Whoa with Laine Lawson Craftcompleted

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dancing with the Stars2008TV Series performer - 1 episode
How to Go Out on a Date in Queens2006performer: "Some Of My Best Friends Are The Blues"
Swept Away2002performer: "Come-On-A-My-House" 1951
Rare Birds2001performer: "Don't You Know"
Nurse Betty2000performer: "Don't You Know"
Wrestling with Alligators1998performer: "Some Of My Best Friends Are The Blues"
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1997TV Series performer - 1 episode
A Bronx Tale1993performer: "Don't You Know"
WKRP in Cincinnati1981TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sanford and Son1975TV Series 1 episode
The Ed Sullivan Show1958-1965TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Lively Ones1963TV Series performer - 1 episode
Let's Rock1958performer: "Lonelyville"

Writer

Writer

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

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The LightDocumentary filmingHerself
Unsung Hollywood2015TV Series documentaryHerself
The Scroll: Transformation2014Video documentaryHerself
What Is New Thought?2013Documentary
Unsung2013TV Series documentaryHerself
Celebrity Ghost Stories2012TV Series documentaryHerself
Celebration of Gospel2012TV MovieHerself
Lifestyle Magazine2011TV Series documentaryHerself
Get Real! Wise Women Speak2011DocumentaryHerself
Tavis Smiley2009TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Larry King Live2003-2009TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Life on the Edge: A Global Crisis2008TV MovieHerself
The Florence Henderson Show2008TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Biography2000-2007TV Series documentaryHerself
Miss HIV2007DocumentaryNarrator
Testimonies of Faith: Humble Journey's2007Documentary
Legends Ball2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
CMT: 20 Greatest Songs of Faith2005TV SpecialHerself
The Tony Danza Show2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
An Evening with Della Reese2004TV MovieHerself - Interviewee
The Wayne Brady Show2003-2004TV SeriesHerself
33rd NAACP Image Awards2002TV SpecialHerself
Praise the Lord2002TV SeriesHerself
CBS Cares2001-2002TV SeriesHerself
31st NAACP Image Awards2000TV SpecialHerself
Journey to a Hate Free Millennium1999DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Intimate Portrait1999TV Series documentaryHerself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1999TV SeriesHerself - Guest
29th NAACP Image Awards1998TV SpecialHerself
The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1998TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
The Roseanne Show1998TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Guide to Healthy Living1998Video shortHerself
CBS: The First 50 Years1998TV Movie documentaryHerself
4th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1998TV SpecialHerself
The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards1998TV SpecialHerself - Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series - Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
True Stories from Touched by an Angel1998TV Movie documentary
28th NAACP Image Awards1997TV SpecialHerself
The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1997TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
The Most Fascinating Women of 19971997TV Movie documentaryHerself
27th NAACP Image Awards1996TV SpecialHerself
The 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program
The 1996 Annual Lucy Awards1996TV SpecialHerself
E! True Hollywood Story1996TV Series documentaryHerself
Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America1993TV Special documentaryHerself - Interviewee
Vicki!1993TV SeriesHerself
25th NAACP Image Awards1993TV SpecialHerself
Holiday Greetings from 'The Ed Sullivan Show'1992TV MovieHerself
One on One with John Tesh1992TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Ebony/Jet Showcase1986-1992TV SeriesHerself
The 13th Annual American Black Achievement Awards1992TV SpecialHerself
The Chuck Woolery Show1991TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Marsha Warfield Show1990TV SeriesHerself
The Arsenio Hall Show1989TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Family Reunion: A Gospel Music Celebration1988TV Movie documentaryHerself
Star's Table1986TV SeriesHerself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars1985TV SeriesHerself
Pete's Place1983TV SeriesHerself (1983)
The Alan Thicke Show1981TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Password Plus1980TV SeriesHerself
Hour Magazine1980TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1963-1980TV SeriesHerself - Co-Host / Herself - Vocalist / Herself
The $10,000 Pyramid1978TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1962-1978TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself - Guest Host / Herself - Musical Guest / ...
The Jim Nabors Show1978TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Dinah!1977TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Merv Griffin Show1962-1977TV SeriesHerself
Match Game 731973-1977TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Sha Na Na1977TV SeriesHerself
Break the Bank1976TV SeriesHerself
Sanford and Son1975TV SeriesHerself
Sammy and Company1975TV SeriesHerself
Match Game PM1975TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Rhyme and Reason1975TV SeriesHerself
The 17th Annual Grammy Awards1975TV SpecialHerself
Burt and the Girls1973TV MovieHerself
Flip1973TV SeriesHerself
Half the George Kirby Comedy Hour1972TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Squares1966-1972TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Laugh-In1972TV SeriesHerself
The David Frost Show1969-1972TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Cop Out!1972TV MovieHerself
Stand Up and Cheer1971TV SeriesHerself
Mantrap1971TV SeriesHerself
The Pet Set1971TV Series documentaryHerself
Della1969-1970TV SeriesHerself - Host
...And Beautiful1969TV MovieHerself - Host
Allen Ludden's Gallery1969TV SeriesHerself
The Joey Bishop Show1967-1969TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Playboy After Dark1969TV SeriesHerself - Singer
The Woody Woodbury Show1967-1968TV SeriesHerself
Operation: Entertainment1968TV SeriesHerself
The Dom DeLuise Show1968TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Showcase '681968TV SeriesHerself
The Jonathan Winters Show1968TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Girl Talk1967TV SeriesHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1957-1965TV SeriesHerself - Singer / Herself
That Regis Philbin Show1965TV SeriesHerself
Freedom Spectacular1964TV MovieHerself
The Hollywood Palace1964TV SeriesHerself - Singer
The Keefe Brasselle Show1963TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Lively Ones1963TV SeriesHerself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself - Vocalist
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1960TV SeriesHerself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium1959TV SeriesHerself
Let's Rock1958Herself
The Big Record1957TV SeriesHerself
Stage Show1956TV SeriesHerself - Guest Vocalist

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Colorshop: 100 Vintage TV Ads, Vol.12013VideoHerself
Mike Douglas: Moments & Memories2008VideoHerself
Rhapsody in Black2002TV Movie documentaryHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2002Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesTouched by an Angel (1994)
2001Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesTouched by an Angel (1994)
2000Family Television AwardFamily Television AwardsActress
2000Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesTouched by an Angel (1994)
1999Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesTouched by an Angel (1994)
1998Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesTouched by an Angel (1994)
1997Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesTouched by an Angel (1994)
1996Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesTouched by an Angel (1994)
1994Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionAwarded on July 12, 1994 at 7060 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2000AnnieAnnie AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Feature ProductionDinosaur (2000)
1998Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionTouched by an Angel (1994)
1998Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesTouched by an Angel (1994)
1998OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesTouched by an Angel (1994)
1998ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesTouched by an Angel (1994)
1997Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesTouched by an Angel (1994)
1997ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesTouched by an Angel (1994)


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#Fact
1She collapsed on the set of Touched by an Angel (1994), and was hospitalized. [2000].
2She contributed to her diabetes, after years of eating her old, nightly snacks of fried chicken, potato chips, ice cream, candy bars and cola.
3The 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].
4Sold her Beverly Hills, California, mansion, on the market for $7.5 million. [7 November 2014].
5She is using a wheelchair, after having 2 serious brain surgeries. [29 August 2016].
6After her final guest-starring role on Signed, Sealed, Delivered (2014), she has retired from acting at age 84.
7She is most widely known to be a social butterfly.
8Is the first gospel singer to perform in Las Vegas.
9Had nearly died of a stroke.
10Every weekend for 9 seasons, she commuted from her Los Angeles house to Salt Lake City, Utah, to film Touched by an Angel (1994).
11On a few episodes of Touched by an Angel (1994), her character sang, in real-life, she is also a singer.
12Lives not too far from Marla Gibbs, in Inglewood, California.
13She had rheumatoid fever, when she was only 2.
14Reese had decided to become an actress, because when she was singing, she acted out the lyrics of the song, and emotions came towards her.
15Every Christmas, when Reese was growing up, her mother had baked her favorite cake, made her favorite dinner, and made her crocheted items.
16Her favorite subject in school was: Music.
17Her favorite Touched by an Angel (1994) episode is each and every one of them.
18Is a Republican.
19Is a close friend of Cissy Houston and knows the entire Houston family, very well. She frequently gave Cissy permission to discuss their exchange.
20Met Nipsey Russell at one of the clubs in New York City, where the two became good friends, until Russell's death in 2005.
21Became a surrogate mother to Dr. James Barger, after he lost his own mother, in 1969.
22Ed Sullivan was a favorite of hers.
23Lived in West Chester, New York, from 1962 to 1969.
24Before she was a successful actress, she became the director of the young's people's church choir.
25Future 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.
26Was born in and grew up in the Black Bottom neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan.
27Created the character of Tess in Touched by an Angel (1994).
28Began acting at an early age.
29A coupon collector from every Detroit church, Reese won a coupon-clipping contest sponsored by the local black paper, The Michigan Chronicle.
30Began her show Touched by an Angel (1994) at age 63.
31Her father was her mother's primary caregiver, while Della was in college.
32Was a fan of both shows: The Jackie Gleason Show (1952) and The Ed Sullivan Show (1948).
33Her eldest sister was age 20 when Della was born.
34Of Cherokee ancestry.
35Her popular song, 'Don't You Know?,' was adapted from Puccini's music for La Bohème, specifically, the aria Musetta's Waltz.
36Worked with longtime friend, Marla Gibbs, on episodes of both series: 227 (1985) and Touched by an Angel (1994).
37Was a fan of The Jackie Gleason Show (1952) and The Ed Sullivan Show (1948).
38Childhood friend of Marla Gibbs.
39Her 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.
40Acting mentor and friends of Roma Downey.
41As 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.
42Longtime 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).
43Her childhood friend, Marla Gibbs attended her 80th birthday party on 19 August 2011.
44Met 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.
45Was a spokesperson for Campbell Soup Products in 1980.
46Met Redd Foxx at a nightclub in Chicago, where they became best friends for 40 years.
47Was a fan of The Ed Sullivan Show (1948), The Jackie Gleason Show (1952) and Your Show of Shows (1950).
48Had appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962), 33 times.
49A lyric-soprano.
50Had always wanted to be a singer.
51Was also friends with Nat 'King' Cole's family.
52Appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show (1948), 18 times.
53While working at the LaFlame Showbar in Detroit, Michigan, comedian Soupy Sales gave her a shot at becoming a star on television.
54Through Erskine Hawkins, she also toured with Nat 'King' Cole.
55Before 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.
56The 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.
57Victor Taliaferro assaulted her when they were married and she was hospitalized. This situation led her to divorce him.
58She 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.
59She 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.
60Received a Grammy nomination for her album 'Della' in 1960.
61Didn't start acting until she was 36.
62Her idols when she was young were: Jane Wyman, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday.
63Is the first African-American actress to host a talk show long before Oprah Winfrey.
64Is a longtime, good friend with Kristoff St. John. They both worked together on The Young and the Restless (1973).
65Was honored by Oprah Winfrey at her Legends Ball ceremony along with 25 other African-American women, in 2005.
66Before 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.
67Future talk show host and friend Larry King said he enjoyed listening to her music, as a young adult.
68Attended the same high school as future actress Ellen Burstyn, also known as: Edna Rae Gillooly.
69Began singing at age 6.
70Had purchased a home in Beverly Hills, California, in 1969.
71Was the lead singer for the Erskine Hawkins Band.
72She intended to major in Psychiatry at Wayne State University, but a personal setback ended her plans.
73She formed a choir in Detroit called The Meditation Singers.
74Her parents were, Richard Early, who was a steel worker, ladies' man and a gambler and Nellie Mitchelle Early, a Cherokee cook.
75As a teenager, she was often chosen as a featured singer on radio.
76On 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.
77Had traveled with Mahalia Jackson, for 3 summers, and went on tour with her.
78Has type 2 diabetes.
79Had a recording contract with RCA Records in 1957.
80Is an ordained minister at the Understanding Principles for Better Living Church in Los Angeles, California.
81Adoptive daughter, Deloreese Daniels Owens, died on March 14, 2002.
82Is 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.
83Composed the Touched by an Angel (1994) theme song, "Walk With You".
84In 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.
85Graduated 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.
86Had feuded with her father, after her mother's passing, which led to moving out of the house, at age 18.
87Her mother, Nellie, died in 1949, of a cerebral hemorrhage.
88Gospel legend Mahalia Jackson was so impressed with her singing that she invited her on a Southern Tour, Della was only 13.
89In 1944, Mahalia Jackson was at her church, and was impressed with Della's voice.
90Friends 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.
91In 1953 she signed a singing contract with Jubilee Records, her first.
92Met Vermont Taliaferro in church for years until she married him in 1951, but was divorced in 1953.
93Had dropped and shortened her name from Early to Reese knowing it was too big for one club's marquee.
94Television personality Ed Sullivan helped her get her bookings in Las Vegas, which was rare for an African-American singer, back in the early 1950s.
95In 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.
96She has 7 hobbies: singing, watching movies, spending time with her family, reading the Bible, swimming, cooking and playing games.
97She 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.
98Her father, Richard Early, died in 1959.
99As 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.
100Her mother, Nellie, had children many years before young Delloreese was born, none of them lived with her, afterwards.
101Was good friends with Roma Downey before Touched by an Angel (1994) and remained so after the show was concluded.
102Earned $50,000 an episode--upped from $40,000--for Touched by an Angel (1994) in 1997.
103Best known by the public for her starring role as Tess on Touched by an Angel (1994).
104Suffered a stroke on the set of The Tonight Show (1962). [3 October 1980].
105Is 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.
106Mother of Deloreese, James, Franklin, and Dominique.

#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.
6What 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".
10Anything 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.
19I 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".
22I'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.
32The 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.
33I was black when they hired me. They knew how old I was when they hired me.

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