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Della Reese

Della Reese

Birthday: 6 July 1931, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Birth Name: Delloreese Patricia Early
Height: 157 cm

Della began singing in her hometown of Detroit when she was 6 years old. As a teenager, she toured with gospel great Mahalia Jackson and, at the age of 18, she formed the Meditation Singers and became ...Show more

Della Reese
Anything is possible with God. People told me, there are just some things you can't do. But I saw no Show more 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. Hide
[Of her parents] He was the toastmaster in our neighborhood. My father was a man who knew how to wal Show more [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. Hide
[In 1998] I had done what I set out to do: I had the money, the gowns, the jewelry and I was happy t Show more [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. Hide
I'm hoping that there is a correlation between all the work that I do. Touched by an Angel (1994) ga Show more 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". Hide
[on her popularity while playing the sixty-something "Tess" on Touched by an Angel (1994)]: But I kn Show more [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. Hide
[on why she was offered substantially less than the 100% raise that co-star Roma Downey got in 1997] Show more [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. Hide
[When questioned if she had any recollections] No, my life doesn't seem remarkable to me. I assume o Show more [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. Hide
The Lord has planned my life. I'm not a great planner but I have been open to what God has in store Show more 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. Hide
[on being a talk show hostess] I was tired of the road, and doing TV meant I could stay home. It was Show more [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. Hide
[on being a spokesperson] It's such a simple thing. You find people who need help, and you find peop Show more [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. Hide
[Of Roma Downey] Roma and I have only grown closer and more fond of each other as time has gone on . Show more [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. Hide
[In 2003] We were taping Touched by an Angel (1994), and I was coming down the stairs of my house in Show more [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. Hide
[In 1973]: Up until she started school, Dumpsey traveled with me all the time. I wasn't trying to pr Show more [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. Hide
[In 2005] Diabetes doesn't necessarily hurt, you see. You wake up and say, "I'm not in pain, I won't Show more [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". Hide
[In 2009] But I was doing a talk show. I love to say this. I was before [Oprah Winfrey]. [In 2009] But I was doing a talk show. I love to say this. I was before [Oprah Winfrey].
[on why she went to three different hospitals before her condition was properly diagnosed] At first Show more [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. Hide
[Of her 1980 stroke] I was in the middle of the song when my body began to twitch uncontrollably. Be Show more [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. Hide
[About her stroke, when Doc Severinsen and Richard Dawson both rescued her, while the doctor appeare Show more [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. Hide
[In 2001] But what people must realize is that time is of the essence. You must know the warning sig Show more [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. Hide
I use February 14 as the day to remember all the men in my life. Not just boyfriends, but business a Show more 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. Hide
[Of her struggle in show business] We had no rights or privileges, I was told that there was no need Show more [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. Hide
[on being cast in Touched by an Angel (1994)] They called [Roma Downey] and me in to meet Martha Wil Show more [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". Hide
[In 2010] If somebody hits you upside your head long enough, enough times, they'll tell you they wil Show more [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? Hide
I was black when they hired me. They knew how old I was when they hired me. I was black when they hired me. They knew how old I was when they hired me.
[on being the first black woman to host a talk show of the 1960s, long before Oprah Winfrey] I've ha Show more [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. Hide
[Of Ed Sullivan] Ed helped a lot of people. [Of Ed Sullivan] Ed helped a lot of people.
What was so upsetting was I didn't really know anything about diabetes except that Ella Fitzgerald l Show more 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. Hide
[In 1997] It's tough to be an angel in Hollywood when you're underpaid. [In 1997] It's tough to be an angel in Hollywood when you're underpaid.
[on why she didn't want to do another TV series] But it always comes down to me in my bed talking to Show more [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. Hide
[In 1996] I don't ever remember not singing. My agent said Touched by an Angel (1994) probably would Show more [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. Hide
[In 1993] I never intended to become a minister, I wanted to teach these principles. But I had so ma Show more [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. Hide
[on the cancellation of Touched by an Angel (1994)] This is a business of ratings. When the show was Show more [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. Hide
[on how she "ticked off" Duke Ellington and Carmen McRae] We were all just trying to make a living. Show more [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. Hide
Della Reese's FILMOGRAPHY
as Actor (20)
Della Reese Della Reese'S roles
Mama Colton
Mama Colton

Mrs. Baracus
Mrs. Baracus

Ma Wright
Ma Wright

Eema
Eema

Mrs. Towner
Mrs. Towner

Millie Washington
Millie Washington

Solarmovie