Biography

Della Reese

Della Reese was an ordained preacher, gospel singer, and actress best remembered for her role as Tess in the television drama Touched by an Angel. And That Reminds Me and Don’t You Know were two of her many chart-topping hits. Reese’s name is even inscribed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Early Childhood Development and Education

Delloreese Patricia Early, professionally known as Della Reese, was born in Black Bottom, Detroit, Michigan, on July 6, 1931. Nellie Early was a Cherokee tribe cook, and her father, Richard Thaddeus Early, was an African American steelworker.

Della grew raised as an only child because she had multiple siblings who did not survive long enough to see her.

Education

Della Reese graduated from Cass Technical High School in Detroit with a diploma. She was the first in her family to graduate from high school, doing so at the age of 15 in 1947.

She enrolled in Wayne State University after high school but stopped out to help her family after her mother’s illness and death.

Television Series, Careers, and Shows

Mahalia Jackson, a gospel singer, discovered Della and encouraged her to pursue a career as a vocalist. She secured a recording contract with Jubilee Records in 1953 and recorded six albums for the label. Her expertise was jazz-influenced gospel singing.

In 1957, Reese released a song called And That Reminds Me, which went on to top various charts and sell millions of copies. Her fame grew as a result of the song’s success, and she continued to release a slew of hit singles.

Della shifted her concentration to acting after nearly two decades of singing. Her first appearance on television was on her own chat show, Della, which was canceled after 197 episodes. She was the first black woman to guest-host The Tonight Show Starring Johny Carson in 1970.

In 1968, she made her acting debut in the TV sitcom The Mod Squad. She starred in her debut feature film, Psychic Killer, two years later. After reluctantly accepting the main role in the drama Touched by an Angel, her her career took off like a rocket.

Reese’s most recent endeavor was two episodes of the sitcom Signed, Sealed, and Delivered, in which he co-starred with Eric Mabius, Kristin Booth, and Crystal Lowe.

Nominations and Awards

Della had won numerous honors for her performance in Touched by an Angel. In 1960, 1961, and 1999, she was nominated for a Grammy three times.

She was honored with her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 7060 Hollywood Boulevard in 1994.

Mansion, Net Worth, And Income

Della Reese, a singer, and actress had a successful singing and acting career. Her estimated net worth at the time of her death was $3 million.

She made a lot of money on the famous show Touched by an Angel. Reese had a successful singing career before becoming an actor, with many songs reaching the top of the charts.

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Her Beverly Hills mansion was sold for $7.5 million in November 2014.

Husbands, Divorce, Children, and Death in Personal Life

In 1983, Della Reese married Franklin Thomas Lett Jr., a concert producer, and writer. Before Reese’s death, they had been married for 45 years. She was married for the fourth time.

She had previously been married to Mercer Ellington, an American musician, for less than a year before annulling her marriage in 1961. From 1959 to 1961, Reese was married to accountant Leroy Basil Gray.

Children

Della had an adoptive daughter named Delores Daniels Owen, who died in 2002 as a result of pituitary illness complications.

Dominique Reese, Franklin Reese, and James Reese are her three sons. Franklin Lett Jr., her fourth spouse, is the father of her three sons.

Death

Della Reese died at her home in Los Angeles, California, on November 19, 2017. Her reason of death was kept a secret from the general public. She was suffering from Type 2 diabetes.

Age, Height, and Other Considerations

Della Reese passed away in her home at the age of 86.
She stood 5 feet and 8 inches tall (1.73 m).
Shirley Jones, Betty White, Eddie Murphy, Oprah Winfrey, and Pat Robertson were among her numerous celebrity friends.
She became an ordained pastor in order to marry Roma Downey, her Touched by an Angel co-star, to Matt Burnett.

Facts of Della Reese
Date of Birth:1931 July-6
Date of Death:2017 November-19
Age:90 years old
Birth Nation:United States of America
Height:5 Feet 8 Inch
NameDella Reese
Birth NameDelloreese Patricia Early
FatherRichard Thaddeus Early
MotherNellie
NationalityAmerican
Birth Place/CityBlack Bottom, Detroit, Michigan
EthnicityBlack
ProfessionSinger and Actress
Net Worth$3 million
Eye ColorDark Brown
Hair ColorGrey
Face ColorBrown
Famous forTouched by an Angel
MarriedFranklin Thomas Lett Jr, Mercer Ellington, Leroy Basil Gray, Vermont Taliaferro
ChildrenDelorese Daniels Owen, Dominique, James, and Franklin Reese
DivorceLeroy Basil Gray, Vermont Taliaferro
EducationCass Technical High School
AwardsImage Award, Hollywood Walk of Fame
MoviesPsychic Killer, Harlem Nights, Dinosaur
TV ShowTouched by an Angel, McCloud, Insight
DiedNovember 19, 2017