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Della Reese


Born - 6 July 1931, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Died - 17 November 2017

Afro-American singing star with rich, powerful voice who covered all genres from pop to jazz to gospel to rhythm 'n' blues. Born Delloreese Early, her biggest acting success came later, in more than 200 episodes of the TV series Touched by an Angel from 1994 to 2003 (she played Tess), although there was also a smattering of films down the years: Daddy's Girl (1973), Psychic Killer (1975), Harlem Night (1989), The Distinguished Gentleman (1992), A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996), Beauty Shop (2005), If I Had Known I Was a Genius (2007), A Very Mary Christmas (2010), Me Again (2012) and Meant To Be (2012), her last. Also an ordained minister, she was four times married, latterly to film producer Franklin Lett, who survives her.