An American Emmy nominated actor and Grammy nominated singer.
She started her career in the late 1950s as a successful Jazz singer, best known for her 1959 hit single "Don't You Know".
Later in her career, she became a successful actress, best known as playing Tess on the television show "Touched by an Angel" from 1994 - 2003.
She is of half African-American and half Cherokee descent.
Della was discovered by the Gospel great Mahalia Jackson. Della's big break finally came when she won a contest, which gave her a week to sing at Detroit's well-known and talked-about Flame Show bar.
Della Reese also starred in many TV shows.
In 1957, Della released a single called "And That Reminds Me". After years of trying, Della finally had gained chart success with the song. The song became a Top Twenty Pop hit for Reese that year and the record became a million-seller.
In 1959, Della had moved on to another record company, this time with RCA Records. She released her first single from the record company called "Don't You Know".
This became Della's biggest hit ever, reaching the #2 spot on the Pop charts.
Della went on to perform in Las Vegas for nine years, as well as touring across the country.
In 1987, she was nominated for a Grammy Award for one of her acclaimed gospel albums.
She became the first black woman to serve as guest host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
Della Reese announced on Larry King Live in 2002, that she suffers from Type-2 diabetes.
She is a spokeswoman for the American Diabetes Association, traveling around the United States.
In 2005, Reese was honored by Oprah Winfrey at her Legends Ball ceremony along with 25 other African-American women.
1957 Melancholy Baby
1958 A Date with Della Reese (At Mr. Kelly's in Chicago)
1959 And That Reminds Me
1959 The Story of the Blues
1959 What Do You Know About Love?
1960 Della By Starlight
1961 Special Delivery
1961 Della Della Cha-Cha-Cha
1962 Della Reese On Stage
1962 The Classic Della
1963 Waltz With Me
1964 Della Reese At Basin Street East
1964 C'mon and Hear
1965 I Like It Like Dat!
1966 Della Reese Live
1967 One More Time
1967 On Strings of Blue
1968 I Gotta Be Me ... This Trip Out
1970 Black Is Beautiful
1975 Let Me Into Your Life
1976 The ABC Collection
1978 One of a Kind
1985 Sure Like Loving You
1990 And Brilliance
1995 Some of My Best Friends Are the Blues
1996 Voice of an Angel
1998 My Soul Feels Better Right Now
1998 The Della Reese Collection
2000 Sure Like Lovin' You
2001 Legendary Della Reese
2002 Della (Expanded)
2006 Give It to God
Let's Rock (1958)
Psychic Killer (1975)
Harlem Nights (1989)
The Kid Who Loved Christmas (1990)
The Distinguished Gentleman (1992)
A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996)
Journey to a Hate Free Millennium (1999)
Beauty Shop (2005)
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