- Name: Della Reese
- Age at Death: 86 years old
- Height: 5ft 2in (158 cm)
- Occupation: Singer/Actress
- Net Worth: US $3 Million
- Status: Deceased
Della Reese was an American gospel singer, actress, television host and ordained minister. She starred as “Tess” in the CBS series Touched by an Angel, and hosted the talk show ‘Della’. Her film credits include Harlem Nights (1989), A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996) and Expecting Mary (2010). Her discography include the singles “Don’t You Know?” and “And That Reminds Me”. Reese was born Delloreese Patricia Early on July 6, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan. Her father, Richard, was a factory worker, and her mother, Nellie, a cook. She had five older siblings. Reese attended Cass Technical High School followed by Wayne State University. She majored in psychology but had to drop out of college to help support her family.
Reese began singing in her local church choir at age 6. As for acting, she grew up watching actresses like Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. She gained early exposure as a singer/performer in Mahalia Jackson’s gospel touring choir. Reese formed the all-girls gospel group ‘the Meditation Singers’ in the late 1940s. She landed her first recording contract with Jubilee Records in 1953. Her debut studio album, Melancholy Baby, was released in 1957. She released 4 more albums on the Jubilee label, Amen! (1958), And That Reminds Me (1959), What Do You Know About Love? (1959) and The Story of the Blues (1959). Reese worked with other labels such as RCA Records, Avco Embassy, and Spiritual Icon. Her 1959 single “Don’t You Know?” peaked at #2 on the Billboard charts. It gained her a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Vocalist. Other standout records include “And That Reminds Me”, “Not One Minute More” and “Someday (You’ll Want Me to Want You)”.
Reese hosted her own variety talk show ‘Della’ from 1969 to 1970. It ran for 197 episodes before it was cancelled. In 1970, she guest hosted The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. She appeared in two episodes of police drama series McCloud (1974-76). Reese had a recurring role as “Della Rogers” on the NBC sitcom Chico and the Man (1975-78). She followed up with appearances on The Love Boat, It Takes Two, Charlie & Co., and The Royal Family. Reese was cast as “Tess” in the CBS drama series Touched by an Angel (1994-2003). The show was created by John Masius and also stars Roma Downey and John Dye. Her performance earned her nominations for 2 Primetime Emmy Awards, 2 Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a Golden Globe. Reese co-starred as “Vera” opposite Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor in Harlem Nights (1989). Her film credits include Dinosaur (2000) with Alfre Woodard, Beauty Shop (2005) with Queen Latifah, and Expecting Mary (2010) with Elliott Gould.PERSONAL
Della Reese died on November 19, 2017 at the age of 86. She passed away peacefully at her home in California. No official cause of death was given. Reese was 5ft 2in tall and she was of African-American descent. Her net worth was estimated at $3 million prior to her death. She became an ordained minister in the 1980s. Her star was added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994. Reese was married to factory worker ‘Vermont Taliaferro’ from 1951 to 1958, and to accountant ‘Leroy Gray’ from 1959 to 1961. She wed third husband ‘Franklin Lett’ in January 1983. She’s survived by Lett and by children, Dominique, James and Franklin.
Della Reese Age, Birthday, Salary, Wiki
- Birth Name: Delloreese Patricia Early
- Birthday: July 6, 1931
- Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, United States
- Zodiac Sign: Cancer
- How Tall : Height: 5ft 2in (158 cm)
- Occupation: Singer, Actress, TV Host, Minister
- Years Active: 1944-2014
- Net Worth & Salary: US $3 Million
- Marriage(s): Vermont Taliaferro, Leroy Gray, Franklin Lett
- Death-O-Meter: Dead
- Died: November 19, 2017
- Cause of Death: Not Disclosed
- Place of Death: Encino, California, U.S.